Edward James Olmos

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Quotes (13)

  • Edward James Olmos: You know, Hillary Clinton gives of herself. Princess Diana gave of herself. But they are not saints.

  • Edward James Olmos: (to "Battlestar Galactica" fans at Comic-Con International 2006) I'm not the kind of guy who's gonna tell you, "Get a life." I think people who say stuff like that should get their a**h*les checked.

  • Edward James Olmos: I didn't get into this business to get awards or get acclamation. I did it because I was searching for my own sense of who I was as a human being....

  • Edward James Olmos: I’m very curious to see how the [Battlestar Galactica] writers are going to handle the discovery of Earth. What state will Earth be in? Will we be prehistoric? Will it be 1937? Will it be 2080? I’ve always thought it would be interesting to have us find Earth during the very last episode, and then after this long journey, after everything they’ve been through, the humans of Earth nuke us (laughs).

  • Edward James Olmos: When I was growing up I'd watch Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond. I watched Flash Gordon in the movie houses before it went to TV, and then I watched it on TV as well.

  • Edward James Olmos: I tend to measure [technology's progression] with extreme skepticism, because inevitably the intention under which something is conceived comes out in the content. Intent equals content. And the intention of, as an obvious example, nuclear discovery and development was never to advance humanity. They found ways of using it to advance humanity and then they used that as the cornerstone of their rationale, but it was conceived and developed as a means of extermination and as a means of creating a force of power that would enable a certain system or system of beliefs to remain dominate.

  • Edward James Olmos: Sometimes you gotta do things that you don't really want to do. But you don't do them for money.

  • Edward James Olmos: I just don't deal with any government. I don't deal with the United States government. When it comes to understanding humanity, they're the worst.

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Trivia (24)

  • Edward James Olmos has brown eyes. He wears blue-colored contacts when playing Commander Adama on Battlestar Galactica so that he and Jamie Bamber (who plays his son Lee "Apollo" Adama) look more alike.

  • In an episode of the hit Fox show Family Guy, the character of Death carries a picture of Edward James Olmos along with another picture of Olmos' ass in his wallet.

  • After Anthony Quinn, Olmos is the second actor of Mexican heritage to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor

  • In 2006, Olmos played the bit part of Julian Nava in the HBO movie Walkout about the 1968 Chicano Blowouts. He also produced the film.

  • Edward James Olmos was married to Kaija Keel, the daughter of famous actor Howard Keel (who appeared in movies such as Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), before getting a divorce in 1992.

  • In Blade Runner (1982), Olmos' character Gaff sometimes uses a sort of urban language, comprised of many different languages. Olmos invented the lines himself. The following line contains French, Japanese, Chinese and German: Gaff: Monsieur, ada-na kobishin angum bitte. (You will be required to accompany me, sir.)

  • As a child, Edward lived with his mother after his parents divorced. However, he continued to stay in close contact with his father.

  • He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award (Oscar) and a Golden Globe Best Actor award for his performance in the movie Stand and Deliver.

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