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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Theatre Thursday: Hey, Pachuco!

Edward James Olmos turns 64 today. While he is known best for his television roles on Miami Vice and the re-vamped Battlestar Galactica as well as his role as Jaime Escalante in the film Stand and Deliver, Olmos's big break came on the stage.
Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit was based upon the zoot suit riots of the 1940s and featured Olmos in the role of the narrator, El Pachuco. The play ran off-Broadway an on in the late 70s and was made into a film, again with Olmos as El Pachuco in 1981.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Olmos.

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