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Robert Adame Beltran
November 19, 1953
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor, known for his role as Commander Chakotay on the 1990s television series Star Trek: Voyager. He is also known for stage acting in California, and for playing Raoul Mendoza in the 1982 black comedy film Eating Raoul.
Beltran was born in Bakersfield, California, the son of Aurelia and Luis Beltran Perez, Mexican-American immigrants. Beltran attended East Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College. He has two sisters and seven brothers, including the Latin Jazz musician Louie Cruz Beltran.
Beltran graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Theater Arts and moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career. He had his first film role in Zoot Suit in 1981, but his breakthrough came in 1982 when he played the major supporting role of 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.
He played Commander Chakotay, first officer of the starship Voyager, in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001. During this time, he 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.
Since at least 2003, Beltran has collaborated with amateur actors in performing plays and scenes of plays of William Shakespeare; he 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.
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.
Latino Poetry Excerpts from a live performance by Beltran (recorded at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, April 2002)
|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.|
|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|
Notable awards and nominations
|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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