American actor best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in the 1986 film Stand and Deliver. He also played prominent roles in Blade Runner, Miami Vice, and Battlestar Galactica.
He developed a passion for baseball in his youth and became the Golden State batting champion.
He became involved in social activism within the Latino community, and co-founding Latino Literacy Now, which produced Latino books and festivals.
His first wife was the daughter of actor Howard Keel. He married his third wife, Lymari Nadal, in 2002. He has a total of six children, four of whom are adopted.