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Edward James Olmos to speak at Texas State

Date of Release: 09/25/2006

SAN MARCOS —Renowned actor and activist Edward James Olmos will speak at the Texas State University-San Marcos LBJ Student Center mall on Oct. 2 at 8 pm., a part of the Common Experience program’s “Protest and Dissent: Listening to the Voices of America.”

Olmos took on the acting scene in the critically-acclaimed musical play “Zoot Suit,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination. In 1988, his compelling portrayal of math teacher Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver” earned him an Oscar nomination. Olmos also starred in the television drama “Miami Vice” as Lt. Castillo, for which he received an Emmy and a Golden Globe. His participation in HBO’s “The Burning Season,” the story of Brazilian activist Chico Mendes, earned him another Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination.

The “Olivier of the Latino world” has also directed, produced and acted in many more successful movies and television series including “American Me,” “Mi Familia” and award-winning NBC documentary “Lives in Hazard.” Olmos currently stars in the PBS original “American Family” and in the Sci-Fi Channel hit series “Battlestar Galactica” as Admiral William Adama.

Olmos’ dedication to Hispanic culture in the United States is reflected in the nationwide project he launched in 1999 called “Americanos: Latino Life in the United States.” “Americanos” featured a five-year traveling photography exhibit organized by the Smithsonian, a CD featuring Latino artists, an HBO documentary and a book of essays, photos and commentary by today’s Hispanic leaders.

A tireless champion of humanitarian causes, Olmos takes time from his hectic schedule to support the cause of improving society. He is a U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation among other organizations and he is the executive director of the Lives in Hazard Educational Project. This is a gang-prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Sandra Mayo, Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State, at (512) 245-2361, or visit the website.