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    The Only Major Actors Still Alive From Blade Runner

    At the behest of Captain Harry Bryant, LAPD Detective Gaff brought Deckard in to help hunt down the band of rogue replicants led by Rutger Hauer’s Batty. Throughout the film, Gaff is on hand to keep an eye on Deckard and produce his famous origami creations, telling Ford’s hero in the film’s closing moments that he did “a man’s job” in defeating villain Roy Batty.

    Gaff was portrayed in “Blade Runner” by Edward James Olmos, who at the time had just started to see his career take off. He’d hit it big with his role as Lieutenant Martin Castillo on “Miami Vice,” which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989 and earned Olmos an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal in 1985. Thanks to his non-exclusive contract with NBC, he was also able to star in 1988’s “Stand and Deliver,” which saw him nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.

    Olmos continued to act following the end of “Miami Vice,” though often in lesser-known projects that weren’t anywhere near as mainstream as his Marton Castillo role. He also focused on his political and social activism, co-founding the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Latino Literacy Now non-profit, as well as Latino Public Broadcasting in 1998. But he maintained his acting career throughout and appeared alongside fellow “Blade Runner” alum Sean Young in 1994’s “Mirage.” The role for which he’s perhaps best known for, however, wouldn’t come along until 2004 when Olmos portrayed Admiral William Adama on “Battlestar Galactica,” which ran until 2009.

    The actor would return as Detective Gaff for the “Blade Runner” sequel — the too good to be a box office hit, “Blade Runner 2049” — and is still working, most recently starring as Felipe Reyes in FX’s “Mayans M. C.” for four seasons.

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