Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Battlestar Galactica Media Guest Edward James Olmos Comes to Baltimore
Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor once again hosts the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available! They have announced thei next media guest for 2015, Edward James Olmos, award-winning actor and star of television’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Edward James Olmos was born on February 24, 1947 in East Los Angeles, California. Early in his teen years, Eddie found a new love – music. He taught himself to sing and play piano, and by 1961 he was good enough to join a band, the Pacific Ocean. In 1968, Pacific Ocean made one record, “Purgatory.”
In the mid 1960s, Eddie attended East Los Angeles College and California State University by day and played in local clubs most of the night. He began taking acting classes to improve his band’s show. Olmos’s first acting role was in Zoot Suit, a stage drama which opened in 1978 at the Mark Taper theatre with an expected run of ten days. It ran for a year before going to Broadway. By the time the show closed, Eddie had won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award, a Theatre World Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award.
Acting roles came in faster after that. In 1981 he made Wolfen with Albert Finney and, in 1982, he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. In 1984, after difficult negotiations in which he gained the right of creative control over his character of Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular Miami Vice.
After working on American Family in 2002, he joined the hit series Battlestar Galactica in 2003, which enjoyed four seasons of rave reviews and became one of the most honored science fiction shows of all time, winning the Peabody Award and several Emmys. EJO played the lead character of Admiral Adama, the heart and soul of the show and of the series. He directed several episodes of Battlestar Galactica and, most recently, a BSG movie titled The Plan which was released on DVD and BlueRay, and aired on the SyFy Channel.
Eddie was also seen in the role of Michael Axford in the major motion picture The Green Hornet. His character is an ex-cop turned rough and tough journalist who reports on the Green Hornet and seeks to reveal his identity. He also starred as the murderous zealot on HBO’s hit show Dexter.
More recently, Olmos played the role of Robert Gonzales on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he played a “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. agent against Phil Coulson’s “rogue” team in Season Two of the ABC TV series. Events in the series were impacted by Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) theatrical releases, most recently in Avengers: Age of Ultron.