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Washington, Scott to remake 'Pelham'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Denzel Washington has signed on to star in a remake of the 1974 thriller, "The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3."

Arson hits 'Stand and Deliver' high school

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Suspected arson forced classes to be canceled at Garfield High School, the East Los Angeles school made famous in the movie, "Stand and Deliver."

Bracco recalls depression in memoir

NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" star Lorraine Bracco writes in her memoir of the crippling depression she was battling when she accepted the role on the HBO mob drama.

HBO covers 1968 Chicano uprising

EL PASO, Texas, March 6 (UPI) -- "Walkout" executive producer Moctesuma Esparza says his film is the first chronicle of the Chicano struggle for equal rights.

'Battlestar Gallactica' gets third season

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Sci Fi Channel Wednesday picked up "Battlestar Galactica" for a third season.

Celebrities do tribute using pope's words

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles-based company is offering a tribute to Pope John Paul II: recordings of celebrities reading the pope's inspirational words, poems and prayers.

New Sci Fi programs to air in July

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Cable TV's Sci Fi Channel will roll out fresh episodes of its hit series Stargate SG-1," "Stargate Atlantis" and "Battle Star Galactica" in July.

'American Famly' returns to PBS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20 (UPI) -- "American Family," the first Hispanic drama on broadcast television, will return to the Public Broadcasting Service with 13 new episodes.

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Film of the Week: Pacino in 'The Recruit'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- With stony dignity, the CIA turned down all requests from Hollywood for a half century. Meanwhile, its bureaucratic rivals, such as those shameless publicity ho
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CBS led the field when the Family Friendly Programming Forum -- which includes more than 40 national advertisers that promote family TV viewing -- presented its 4th Annual Family Television Awards in Beverly Hills.
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Advertisers honor 'family-friendly' shows

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- CBS led the field when the Family Friendly Programming Forum, a group of more than 40 national advertisers that promotes family TV viewing, presented its 4th An

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

'ALLY MCBEAL' "Ally McBeal" creator and producer David E. Kelley is pulling the plug on the show, according to Daily Variety. Kelley reportedly told the cast and crew about his decision Wednesday.
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Edward James Olmos
NYP99051917 - 19 MAY 1999 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Actor Edward James Olmos tries to take a picture of his graduating son Miguel Darnel Olmos at Columbia University 245th Commencement Exercises on the steps of Columbia University Law Library, May 19. iw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Edward James Olmos (born February 24, 1947) is an American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit.

Olmos was born Edward Olmos in Los Angeles, California, where he was raised, the son of Eleanor (née Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a welder and mail carrier. His father was a Mexican immigrant and his mother Mexican American. He grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player, and became the Golden State batting champion. In his teen years, he turned to rock and roll, and became the lead singer for a band he named Pacific Ocean, so-called because it was to be "the biggest thing on the West Coast." He graduated from Montebello High School in 1964. While at Montebello High School, he lost a race for Student Body President to future California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres. For several years, Pacific Ocean played various clubs in and around Los Angeles, and released a record in 1968. At the same time, he attended classes at East Los Angeles College, including courses in acting.

In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Olmos branched out from music into acting, appearing in many small productions, until his big break portraying the narrator, called "El Pachuco," in the play Zoot Suit, which dramatized the World War II-era rioting in California brought about by the tensions between Mexican-Americans and local police. (See Zoot Suit Riots.) The play moved to Broadway, and Olmos earned a Tony award nomination. He subsequently took the role to the filmed version in 1981, and appeared in many other films including Wolfen, Blade Runner and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.

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