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Edward James Olmos on Hispanic Heritage Month, Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos speaks out about the importance of Hispanic Heritage.

Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, 68, who curently plays the role of Captain William Adama on NBC Universo’s Sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, thinks Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15 – October 15, is very important.

However, in a recent NBC Universo interview James Olmos said: “Hispanic Heritage month…. is a month to give thanks for all the contributions that Latinos have made to this country and it’s a very important month. The shame is that it only lasts one month…”

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Mexican actor Edward James Olmos on what it was like being the only latino in the sci-fi series.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: MINISERIES — Pictured: Edward James Olmos as Commander William Adama — (Photo by: Frank Ockenfels/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank)

Olmos, who received an Oscar nod for his role as educator Jaime Escalante in 1988 film “Stand and Deliver”, is recognized by his peers as well as the media as being one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood; often fighting for fair representation of Hispanics “on and off the screen”.

His main areas of activism include pro-immigration issues as well as the creation of  education advancement for Latinos.

He’s actively involved as the Co-Producer of the Latino Book & Family Festival, a weekend event that promotes literacy, culture and education in a fun family environment.

The festival is held in key Hispanic markets across the country such as Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will soon expand to Miami, New York and San Francisco.

In his various roles as an actor and director, Edward James Olmos, who was born in Los Angeles to parents of Mexican descent, has garnered 27 film industry award nominations and won 22 of them.

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His accolades include three Golden Globes, three Primetime Emmy awards and an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films award in 2009 for his work on Battlestar Galactica.

Edward James Olmos is an actor but also an activist in the Latino community.

Olmos co-produces  The Latino Book and Family Festival. (Olmosproductions.com)

Olmos, who is the only Latino actor in the Battlestar Galactica series, has made it a point to speak about what Hispanic Heritage month means to him and the importance of Latinos in the entertainment industry.

“The responsibility was incredible, to be the first Latino in the world of Sci-fi,” said Edward James Olmos.

“It was very interesting and very difficult at the same and I did it with a great deal of passion and thankfully the results were very pleasing for everyone.”


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Of Battlestar Galactica, Olmos says the cast and crew became a “family” but explains he feels it wasn’t only a new family which was born but that the work on the series gave way to the birth of a new world, which helped many viewers achieve a better understanding of this one.

However, the former Blade and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star, is busy working on new projects. According to an A.V.Club story citing Deadline, he’s the latest add on to the cast of Fox’s upcoming series, Urban Cowboy, which is based on John Travolta and Debra Winger’s 1980’s film of the same name.

In the “Urban Cowboy” series, Olmos is set to play Alfonso “Al” Robles, who moves to Texas to reinvent himself after life as a hitman for a Mexican cartel. An air date for the show has not yet been released by the network.

Edward James Olmos is very proud to be one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood.

Edward James Olmos opens up about the importance of Hispanic Heritage month and being the only Latino in the Battlestar Galactica series. (Photo courtesy of NBC Universo)

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Daysi Calavia-Robertson has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Her articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Times and The Huffington Post. She's also conducted entertainment reporting segments on local television. No matter what the medium, Daysi believes in the power of storytelling.

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