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.
He portrayed inner-city high school teacher Jaime Escalante in the well-received 1988 movie Stand and Deliver.
Edward wanted to be a professional baseball player when he was young.
He was awarded an Emmy for his role as police lieutenant Martin Castillo in the 1980s TV series Miami Vice.
Edward played Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the 2001 movie In the Time of the Butterflies.
He has been an international ambassador for UNICEF.
Olmos makes frequent appearances at juvenile halls and detention centers to speak to teenagers at risk.
In 1998 Olmos founded Latino Public Broadcasting and currently serves as its Chairman.
He is a national spokesperson for the Southwest Voter Registration Project, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the Aids Awareness Foundation.
On February 8th 2003, Edward received the Sol Trujillo National Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of children and Latinos world-wide.
Edward is the narrator for the film Zapatista, a non-profit, independent film project. Profits from the film are returned to the people of Chiapas in the form of humanitarian aid.
Edward James Olmos was honored with the Youth Entertainment Industry Award by The Youth Enternet
Edward joined an all-star cast to perform The World of Nick Adams to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps for Children on November 4th, 2002.
Mr. Olmos has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 7021 Hollywood Blvd)
His two sons from his first marriage are also actors: Mico and Bodie Olmos. His son Bodie has appeared with his father in the movies Stand and Deliver and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, the TV movie The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, as well as the TV Series Battlestar Galactica (2003).
Edward spent 20 days in prison for trespassing on U.S. Navy property. In April 2000, he was among a group of people protesting the use of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques as a bomb testing ground for the U.S. military.
He bought a red Porsche from a sale featuring confiscated items from illegal drug busts. Ironically, the Porsche was stolen soon afterwards.
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.
Edward James Olmos: For me, Cesar Chevez was a saint. Martin Luther King was not a saint. He was a great man, he did great things, but he was not a saint.
Edward James Olmos: A saint is a person who gives of themself without asking for anything in return. That's how simple it is to be a saint. Try it! Try being a saint.
Edward James Olmos: Education is a vaccine for violence.
Edward James Olmos: I started working in theatre in my first year in college out of a necessity to learn more about myself. I never thought I could make a living because I was a sociologist at heart. In fact that's what my degrees are in sociology. But I continued to work in theatre and spent many many years in theatre perfecting my craft and then moving onto television and film.
Edward James Olmos: This is not politics; this is a question of humanity. There can be no bombing
where people live.