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Also Known As: Adam Beltran, Robert Adame Beltran Died:
Born: November 19, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bakersfield, California, USA Profession: actor, Fuller Brush salesman, gas station attendant, grape picker, janitor, teacher's assistant, tractor driver, elementary school coach, halfway house counselor

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Handsome and athletic performer of stage, screen and TV who proved charismatic and very funny playing self-consciously macho Mexican-Americans in two droll satires helmed by Paul Bartel, "Eating Raoul" (1982) and "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989). Beltran was also Chuck Norris' sidekick in "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1982), the male lead in the sci-fi comedy "Night of the Comet" (1984) and the star of cinematographer-director Haskell Wexler's controversial war drama "Latino" (1985). In the latter, he was a conflicted American Green Beret of Latin descent assigned to Honduras to train the Contras for raids on Nicaragua. Beltran honed his acting skills as a member of the California Shakespeare Festival appearing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet," and "Henry IV." He met celebrated playwright, screenwriter and director Luis Valdez and played a small role in his film adaptation of his play "Zoot Suit" (1981). Beltran went on to work with Valdez's "workers'" theater company "El Teatro Campesino" and had his first starring stage role in Valdez's "Corridos." He also collaborated with the playwright on "Rose of the Rancho," "La Pastorela" and "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinkin'...

Handsome and athletic performer of stage, screen and TV who proved charismatic and very funny playing self-consciously macho Mexican-Americans in two droll satires helmed by Paul Bartel, "Eating Raoul" (1982) and "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989). Beltran was also Chuck Norris' sidekick in "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1982), the male lead in the sci-fi comedy "Night of the Comet" (1984) and the star of cinematographer-director Haskell Wexler's controversial war drama "Latino" (1985). In the latter, he was a conflicted American Green Beret of Latin descent assigned to Honduras to train the Contras for raids on Nicaragua.

Beltran honed his acting skills as a member of the California Shakespeare Festival appearing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet," and "Henry IV." He met celebrated playwright, screenwriter and director Luis Valdez and played a small role in his film adaptation of his play "Zoot Suit" (1981). Beltran went on to work with Valdez's "workers'" theater company "El Teatro Campesino" and had his first starring stage role in Valdez's "Corridos." He also collaborated with the playwright on "Rose of the Rancho," "La Pastorela" and "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinkin' Badges." Beltran remains active on the LA stage where he co-founded and serves as co-artistic director of the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Group.

Beltran tends to be cast as Chicanos and American Indians. He made his TV acting debut playing a Sioux brave in "The Mystic Warrior" (ABC, 1984), a historical miniseries. He went on to numerous guest shots and TV-movies as well as starring in several busted pilots. Beltran also had a recurring role on the primetime soap "Models Inc." (Fox, 1994) as the intrepid Lieutenant Soto. He hitched his fortunes to the stars as a regular on "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001) playing the spiritual Native American First Officer Chakotay.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Free Birds (2013) Chief Massasoit
2.
 Taking Chances (2009)
3.
 Fire Serpent (2007)
4.
 Manticore (2005)
5.
 Luminarias (1999) Joe
6.
 Managua (1997)
7.
 Nixon (1995) Frank Sturgis
8.
 State of Emergency (1994) Raoul Hernandez
9.
 Shadowhunter (1993) Frank Trotsoni
10.
 Rio Shannon (1993) Tito Carson
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1997:
Appeared in title role of "Hamlet" at the Actors' Gang Theater
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Aspired to become a professional football player
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Began acting in elementary school
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Began acting in school plays
1995:
Debut as a series regular, played First Officer Chakotay on "Star Trek: Voyager"
1981:
Met actor-writer-director Paul Bartel
1984:
Played the male lead in "The Night of the Comet"
1990:
Played the title character in "El Diablo", a Western-comedy made-for-cable movie co-scripted by John Carpenter on HBO
1984:
TV acting debut, starred as a Sioux brave in "The Mystic Warrior", an ABC miniseries
1984:
TV-movie debut, "Calendar Girl Murders"
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Co-founded and served as co-artistic director of the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Group
1982:
First substantial film role, played Raoul in Paul Bartel's "Eating Raoul"
1979:
Joined the California Shakespeare Festival
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Met celebrated playwright, screenwriter and director Luis Valdez
1986:
Starred in "The Family Martinez", a busted CBS sitcom pilot
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First starring stage role in Valdez's "Corridos"
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Moved to L.A.
1994:
Played the recurring role of Lt. Louis Soto on "Models, Inc.", primetime soap
1989:
Reteamed with Paul Bartel for a featured role in "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills"
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Born and raised in Bakersfield, California
1987:
Co-starred in "Barrington", a busted crime drama pilot broadcast on "CBS Summer Playhouse"
1999:
Co-starred in "Luminarias"
1981:
Made feature acting debut in a small role in Valdez's film version of his play "Zoot Suit"
1985:
Starred as a Chicano Green Beret advisor to the Contras in Honduras in Haskell Wexler's "Latino"
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Worked with El Teatro Campesino, a workers' theater company founded by Valdez
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Education

California State University, Fullerton: Fullerton, California -
California State University, Fresno: Fresno, California - 1975

Notes

His official web site is at www.robertbeltran.com

Beltran is self-taught on the guitar, composes music and writes short stories as a hobby.

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father:
Louis Perez Beltran.
mother:
Aurelia Olgin.

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