Robert Beltran

Actor, Grape picker, Tractor driver
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1953 in Bakersfield, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Shadowhunter 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Free Birds 2013 (Movie)

Chief Massasoit (Voice)

Big Love 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taking Chances 2008 (Movie)

Joseph Sleeping Bear (Actor)

Fire Serpent 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Models Inc. 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Luminarias 2000 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Managua 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Frank Sturgis (Actor)

Shadowhunter 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

Alejandro (Actor)

Crackdown 1991 (Movie)

Juan Delgado (Actor)

Kiss Me a Killer 1991 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Sisters 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chase 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica Clare 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gaby-A True Story 1987 (Movie)

Luis (Actor)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Family Martinez 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino 1985 (Movie)

Eddie Guerrero (Actor)

Night of the Comet 1984 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Lone Wolf McQuade 1983 (Movie)

Arcadio "Kayo" Ramos (Actor)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

Raoul Mendoza (Actor)

Calendar Girl Murders (TV Show)

Actor

El Diablo (TV Show)

Actor

La Pastorela (TV Show)

Actor

Manticore (TV Show)

Actor

Rio Shannon (TV Show)

Actor

State of Emergency (TV Show)

Actor

Stormy Weathers (TV Show)

Actor

The Mystic Warrior (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

("Movin' On") (Song)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

("El Amante Triste") (Song)

Biography

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- ) playing the spiritual Native American First Officer Chakotay.

Relationships

Louis Perez Beltran

Father

Aurelia Olgin

Mother

EDUCATION

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton , California

California State University, Fresno

Fresno , California 1975 - 1979

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in "Luminarias"

1997

Appeared in title role of "Hamlet" at the Actors' Gang Theater

1995

Debut as a series regular, played First Officer Chakotay on "Star Trek: Voyager"

1994

Played the recurring role of Lt. Louis Soto on "Models, Inc.", primetime soap

1990

Played the title character in "El Diablo", a Western-comedy made-for-cable movie co-scripted by John Carpenter on HBO

1989

Reteamed with Paul Bartel for a featured role in "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills"

1987

Co-starred in "Barrington", a busted crime drama pilot broadcast on "CBS Summer Playhouse"

1986

Starred in "The Family Martinez", a busted CBS sitcom pilot

1985

Starred as a Chicano Green Beret advisor to the Contras in Honduras in Haskell Wexler's "Latino"

1984

TV-movie debut, "Calendar Girl Murders"

1984

TV acting debut, starred as a Sioux brave in "The Mystic Warrior", an ABC miniseries

1984

Played the male lead in "The Night of the Comet"

1982

First substantial film role, played Raoul in Paul Bartel's "Eating Raoul"

1981

Met actor-writer-director Paul Bartel

1981

Made feature acting debut in a small role in Valdez's film version of his play "Zoot Suit"

1979

Joined the California Shakespeare Festival

First starring stage role in Valdez's "Corridos"

Worked with El Teatro Campesino, a workers' theater company founded by Valdez

Aspired to become a professional football player

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California

Moved to L.A.

Co-founded and served as co-artistic director of the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Group

Began acting in school plays

Began acting in elementary school

Met celebrated playwright, screenwriter and director Luis Valdez

Bonus Trivia

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His official web site is at www.robertbeltran.com

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

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