Actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos has probably been in the game longer than many of his fans have been alive. While most fans know him as Admiral Adama from “Battlestar Galactica,” the experience behind his quiet assurance reaches far beyond the world of BSG. Olmos started out as a rock musician, playing well-known Sunset Strip clubs with his band at age 15. He began acting on TV in the 70s, including in “Hawaii Five-0” with Jack Lord, in which he played a “bad, bad man.”
Many know Olmos from his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in the NBC series “Miami Vice” (1984). His role in “Stand and Deliver” (1988) got him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher in East Los Angeles who inspired his dropout students to learn calculus. And then, of course, there’s “Battlestar Galactica,” the award-winning epic science fiction HBO followup to the original 1970s series that transcended the boundaries of genre, wowed us with its visual effects and drew us in with its powerful writing and directing.
We got a chance to sit down and chat with Edward James Olmos at Comic Con Honolulu about “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blade Runner” origami art, his current projects and what he does to relax amidst such a busy schedule. Enjoy!