Robert Beltran was born on November 19, 1953 in Bakersfield, Califonia. Although his character on Star Trek: Voyager, Commander Chakotay, was a Native American, Beltran is actually of Mexican descent. He is the seventh of ten children and enjoyed playing sports like baseball and soccer in school. He graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Fresno State University.
Beltran has numerous theater credits including roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and King Henry IV for the California Shakespeare Festival. He was part of writer/director Luis Valdez's theater company, El Teatro Campesino. With that company, he performed in Corridos, Rose of the Rancho, La Pastorela and I Don't Have To Show You No Stinkin' Badges.
He has starred in the films Eating Raoul, Latino, Forbidden Sun, Bugsy, and Managua. He has also guest roles on several television series including Street Hawk, Miami Vice, Midnight Caller, Murder She Wrote, and most recently in CSI Miami.
Beltran is the founding member and co-artistic director of the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Group, which is dedicated to providing the East Los Angeles community with cultural enrichment. Beltran currently resides in Los Angeles.
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