February 24: Happy Birthday Edward James Olmos and Billy Zane

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0224olmoszaneEdward James Olmos is turning 70 today.  He began working in film and television in the seventies, but didn’t start to become known until he was cast in the role of El Pachuco in the play Zoot Suit.  He received a Tony nomination for the Broadway production and appeared in the 1981 film adaptation.  His next film role was as Gaff in Blade Runner, following which he was cast as Lt. Castillo on Miami Vice, a role that brought him an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

In 1988, Olmos appeared in his most famous film role.  He starred in Stand and Deliver as high school math teacher Jaime Escalante, who had become nationally famous for his success in teaching AP calculus at a high school with a predominantly Latino, low-income student body.  Olmos was nominated for Best Actor for his performance.

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