Former Miami vice detective commands Galactica into Seattle for some “blade running!”

Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning, Oscar and Tony nominated actor Edward James Olmos to attend Emerald City Comicon!

 

Seattle, WA – Respected actor and activist Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner) is the latest special guest announced for the upcoming Emerald City Comicon  on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center.

 

He will be appearing Friday only.

 

While Olmos is perhaps best known to newer audiences as “Commander Adama” in the re-imagined version of the sci-fi epic Battlestar Galactica, his resume is extensive and covers a wide range of roles and areas.

 

When it comes to film, arguably the most enduring credit on his resume is as “Gaff” in Ridley Scott’s 1982 futuristic masterpiece Blade Runner, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. But the movie for which Olmos gained the most recognition from the industry was as “Jaime Escalante” in the 1988 true story Stand and Deliver, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Other film credits include the 1981 horror thriller Wolfen, as the title character’s father in the bio-pic Selena and the recent superhero flick The Green Hornet.

 

Olmos’ success in the world of television is equally as impressive, having won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1985 for his portrayal of “Lt. Martin Castillo” in the smash hit Miami Vice. He won a Golden Globe again in 1994 for the HBO film The Burning Season, a film about the life of Brazilian activist Chico Mendes. More recently, Olmos concluded a five year stint starring as “Commander Adama” in SyFy Channel’s  successful reboot of Battlestar Galactica.

 

In addition to his film and television roles, Olmos is also a gifted musician, starting out as lead singer in a rock and roll band in his teens and ending up landing a Tony nomination for his role as “El Pachuco,” in the Broadway play Zoot Suit.

 

Olmos is also known as one of the most well-recognized activists in the world, having been an international ambassador to UNICEF as well as founder of Latino Public Broadcasting, which funds public television programming that focuses on issues affecting Latinos.

 

Olmos joins previously announced media guests Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks),  George Takei (“Sulu” from Star Trek), Christopher Lloyd (“Doc Brown” from Back to the Future, Taxi, The Addam’s Family, Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock), James and Oliver Phelps (“Weasley Twins” from the Harry Potter films), Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World 1 and 2, True Lies, the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice), Adam Baldwin (“Col. John Casey” on Chuck, Firefly, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket), Summer Glau (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly), Katee Sackhoff (“Starbuck” on Battlestar Galactica), Jon Bernthal (“Shane” on The Walking Dead), Laurie Holden (“Andrea” on The Walking Dead, The Shield), Eddie McLintock (Warehouse 13, Bones), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises), Julie Caitlin Brown (Babylon 5, JAG) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek The Next Generation, Stand By Me).

 

With record-breaking attendance of over 32,000 fans in 2011, one of Seattle’s favorite weekends has quickly become both nationally and internationally known as a destination point for fans to get up close with comics along with their creators, writers and artists, as well as film and television stars of sci-fi and pop culture, hundreds of exhibitors, games, contests, and beyond!

Look for weekly press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2012. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com