El Pasoans can see stage, film and television actor Edward James Olmos at the 16th Annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The festival takes place July 20-30 at the Plaza Theater and surroundings downtown.

Olmos is interviewed before two films, Academy Award-nominated 1988’s Stand and Delivery and 1982’s The Ballad of Gregorio Cortés, the first film Olmos produced. It’s planned. Olmos Productions, July 29 at 1 p.m., both at the Plaza Theater, according to a news release from the El Paso Community Foundation.

Olmos has had a successful career as an actor, producer, director, and humanitarian. The Tony, Emmy and Academy Award nominated acting career spans his more than 50 years.

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According to the release, Olmos played El Pachuco in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suits, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and reprized the role in the 1981 film. In “Stand and Deliver,” he won a Golden Globe Award for his role as the inspiring, real-life educator Jaime Escalante. He has starred in such classic films as Blade Runner, Selena, his own director American Me, and My Family/Mi Familia.

He also appeared in ‘Walking with Herbs’ which was filmed in Las Cruces.

Olmos has so far starred in Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice (which was nominated for two Emmy and Golden Globe Awards), The West Wing, and is currently in its final season. He has played a symbolic character in “Mayans MC”.

Olmos recently survived a bout of throat cancer, according to a news release.

His humanitarian work includes supporting organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of America, and The River Keepers. He is a frequent speaker at schools, universities and companies.

Tickets will go on sale in late June.Passes are on sale at Plaza

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