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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 cult classic 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).
Beltran is perhaps best known for his role as Commander Chakotay 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, of which he directed and starred.
Since at least 2003, Beltran has collaborated with actors in the LaRouche Youth Movement on the plays of Friedrich Schiller and William Shakespeare. Following discussions with LaRouche on the question of classical tragedy, Beltran produced and starred in a Los Angeles production of “The Big Knife” by Clifford Odets, a play which explores the Hollywood environment during the historical period of the “red scares” under the administration of President Harry Truman.
In May 2009, Beltran played the dual roles of Don Fermin and Older Eusebio in the American Conservatory Theaters staging of Jos Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted. He has also taken the recurring supporting role of Jerry Flute in seasons 3 and 4 of HBO’s Big Love.
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