Who would have taught gambling through things that would eventually lead to finding your passion? We all thought that you just had to find what you loved and set out on the mission to make it happen. As true as that may sound, Edward James Olmos, who started with baseball, then switched to music, then acting, and eventually even sold furniture, didn’t. Did you know that he even turned down several roles in movies because he felt he had to do it? Born in misery and poverty and raised in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles with different cultures and ethnicities, Edward Olmos still became famous.
Bio: Age, Ethnicity
Edward James Olmos was born on February 24, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, the son of his parents – Pedro Olmos and Eleanor Huizar. His father, Pedro, was a Mexican immigrant, while his mother was Mexican. His parents separated when he was 7 years old and left him with his great-grandparents who took responsibility for him because his parents tried to break up. In 1964, he graduated from Montello High School. As a child, Edward wanted to become a professional baseball player and when he turned 13, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system and played as a catcher. He played sports to avoid becoming part of the street gangs in his neighborhood, and he was exceptional at the game, which made him a Golden State Batting Champion. His love of baseball faded at the age of 15 and he left the club to join a rock and roll band, much to his father’s contempt.
Career – How Edward James Olmos Began
Edward James Olmos became an actor almost by accident. He started his career as a singer after he formed his own band the Pacific Ocean and became the lead singer of the group. He loved every moment with the band because rock and roll provided him with enough money to provide for his family. In 1968 the band released a record, Purgatory. He performed at night in clubs in Los Angeles and attended East Los Angeles College, where he took acting lessons during the day. The acting classes were meant to improve his performance as a singer, but he found that he preferred acting to singing, and that was the birth of his acting career.
He had his first television appearance in the film Schwarze Faust (1974), in which he appeared briefly as a junkie in the toilet. In the late 1960s he took on small roles, and in 1978 he starred in Zoot Suit (1981), a film about a group of young Hispanic men falsely accused and convicted of a murder that created tension between the police and the Hispanic community. His performance in the film was incredible; he was nominated for a Tony Award. Edward set a record for his outstanding performance in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver when he became the first American-born Hispanic to be nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actor. In 1998, Edward founded Latino Public Broadcasting, which focuses primarily on giving Hispanics the recognition they deserve. He still acts as its chairman.
About His Family – Wife, and Children
Edward James Olmos was married three times. He met his first wife, Katija Keel, during a performance in a nightclub. Katija is the daughter of actor Howard Keel. They fell in love and entered into a marriage in 1971. The couple had two children, Bodie Olmos and Mico Olmos. Edward and Katija were divorced in 1992, and in 1994 he entered into his second marriage, this time with the actress Lorraine Bracco. The connection was broken again and Lorraine filed for divorce. They were finally divorced in 2002 after five years of separation, and in the same year, he married a different actress, Lymari Nadal, for the third time. They are currently still together. The actor cum activist adopted four children – Michael, Daniela, Tamiko, and Brandon – in addition to the two children from his first marriage, making him the father of six children.
The star of Battlestar Galactica is an actor who can take your breath away with his action on the screen. And although he is in the last stages of his life, Edward James Olmos has maintained a healthy lifestyle and looks quite stronger than most people his age. Okay, you might ask: How tall is he? He’s 5’7″.
What is Edward James Olmos Net Worth?
Edward James Olmos is indeed an impressive personality. He is one of the most popular Mexican Americans in the United States. He has a net worth $14 million. His income comes mainly from the roles he has played in movies and films he has directed and produced. His films and television shows include Zoot Suit (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Saving Grace (1985), Stand and Deliver (1988), Triumph of the Spirit (1989), Talent for the Game (1991), American Me (1992), The Burning Season (1994), My Family/Mi Familia (1995), The Limbic Region (1996), Caught (1996), Selena (1997), 12 Angry Men (1997), Hollywood Confidential (1997), The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998), The Road to El- Dorado (2000), 2 Guns (2013) Monday Night at Seven (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Predator (2018).