Robert Beltran

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Robert Beltran
Robert Beltran.jpg
at Fedcon 15 Convention (2006)
BornRobert Adame Beltran
(1953-11-19) November 19, 1953 (age 64)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Occupationactor
Years active1981–present

Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor, known for his role as Raul Mendoza in the 1982 Paul Bartel's black comedy film Eating Raoul, and as Commander Chakotay on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

Early life[edit]

Beltran was born in Bakersfield, California, the son of Aurelia and Luis Beltran Perez,[1] first generation Mexicans. Beltran attended East Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College. He has two sisters and seven brothers, including the Latin Jazz musician Louie Cruz Beltran.

Career[edit]

Beltran graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Theater Arts and moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career. He has been working steadily since 1979 in both theater and film. Beltran had his first film role in Zoot Suit in 1981, but his breakthrough came in 1982 when he played Raoul in the film Eating Raoul. Beltran also had a supporting role as Chuck Norris' partner, Deputy Kayo in Lone Wolf McQuade in 1983 (this film was also the basis for the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger starring Chuck Norris). He was in the 1984 TV movie The Mystic Warrior as the Native American "Ahbleza", and starred as Hector in 1984's Night of the Comet.

Beltran is perhaps best known for his role as Commander Chakotay, first officer of the starship Voyager, in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001. Beltran won the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series in 1997. He was nominated in 1996 for the NCLR Bravo Award for Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role, and the ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role in 1998 and 1999.

Beltran founded and co-directed the East LA Classic Theater Group. He is also a member of the Classical Theater Lab, an ensemble of professional actors who co-produced his production of Hamlet in 1997, which he directed and starred in.

Beltran at the Toronto Sci-Fi Expo, 2007

Since at least 2003, Beltran has collaborated with amateur actors in performing plays and scenes of plays of William Shakespeare; Beltran produced and starred in a Los Angeles production of "The Big Knife" by Clifford Odets, a play which explores the Hollywood environment under the big studio system of the 1940s.[2]

In May 2009, Beltran played the dual roles of Don Fermin and Older Eusebio in the American Conservatory Theaters staging of José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted. He had a recurring supporting role of Jerry Flute in Seasons 3 and 4 of HBO's Big Love.[3]

Recordings[edit]

Latino Poetry Excerpts from a live performance by Beltran (recorded at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, April 2002)

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Director Writer Theatre Notes
1979 California Shakespeare Festival unknown unknown unknown unknown
1980 Bard in the Box Tour unknown unknown unknown unknown
La Pastorela Luzbel unknown unknown El Teatro Campesino
1981 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon unknown William Shakespeare California Shakespeare Festival
Henry IV, part 1 and Henry IV, part 2 unknown unknown William Shakespeare California Shakespeare Festival
Hamlet Hamlet Robert Beltran and Kris Tabori William Shakespeare Actors' Gang Theater
Romeo and Juliet unknown unknown unknown unknown
Taming of the Shrew Petraccio unknown unknown unknown
1983 Corridos unknown unknown unknown El Teatro Campesino
1985 The Quartered Man Agent Mark Travis Donald Freed Los Angeles Theatre Center
1986 I Don't Have To Show You No Stinkin' Badges Sunny Tony Curiel Luis Valdez Los Angeles Theatre Center
1987 Stars In The Morning Sky unknown Bill Bushnell Alexander Galin Los Angeles Theatre Center
1988 A Burning Beach Cuba Bill Bushnell и Jose Luis Valenzuela Eduardo Machado Los Angeles Theatre Center
1989 Macbeth Banquo Des McAnuff William Shakespeare Mandell Weiss Center
1991 Windows The Lieutenant Robert Egan Ariel Dorfman and Tony Kushner Los Angeles Theatre Center
1993 A Touch of the Poet Cornelius Rubén Sierra Eugene O'Neill Cal State L.A.
1997 Hamlet unknown unknown William Shakespeare unknown
2003 The Big Knife Charlie Castle Tonyo Melendez Clifford Odets Lillian Theatre
2009 Henry IV, part 1 and Henry IV, part 2 unknown unknown William Shakespeare unknown
Boleros for the Disenchanted Don Fermin/Eusebio Carey Perloff José Rivera American Conservatory Theater
Solitude The Man Jose Luis Valenzuela Evelina Fernandez Los Angeles Theatre Center
2011 Devil's Advocate General Noriega Jose Luis Valenzuela Donald Freed Los Angeles Theatre Center

Filmography[edit]

Notable awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1996 NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role Star Trek Voyager Nominated
1997 Nosotros Golden Eagle Award Outstanding Actor in a Television Series Star Trek Voyager Won
1998 ALMA Award standing Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role Star Trek Voyager Nominated
1999 ALMA Award standing Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role Star Trek Voyager Nominated

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