Robert Beltran has a career in film, television and the theater that now spans 33 years. After finishing high school in Bakersfield, Calif., he attended Fresno State University, where he graduated with a degree in theater arts. Beltran landed his first film role in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit (1981). While filming Zoot Suit he landed the role of Raoul in Paul Bartel's comedy cult classic Eating Raoul (1982). Beltran then landed the coveted role of Ahbleza in the six-part ABC mini-series The Mystic Warrior (1984). He subsequently starred in another cult classic, Night of the Comet (1984); the Chuck Norris action classic Lone Wolf McQuade (1983); Haskell Wexler's powerful socio-political film Latino (1985); Gaby: A True Story (1987); Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989); Bugsy (1991); PBS’ La Pastorela (1991); the BBC miniseries Runway One (1995); Nixon (1995); and Luminarias (2000), among many other starring and guest-starring roles, including Star Trek Voyager, Big Love and Richard Montoya's powerful indie film Water & Power (2013).
In the theater, he has appeared in productions for Luis Valdez's El Teatro Campesino, the L.A. Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum, The La Jolla Playhouse and the California Shakespeare Festival (including various tours of Shakespeare productions all over the U.S.). Beltran founded and served as co-artistic director of the East L.A. Classic Theater Group, with a company of professional actors. At the Actor's Gang he played Hamlet and served as co-producer as well as director. Other theater credits include: I Don't Have To Show You No Stinkin' Badges, The Quartered Man, Stars in the Morning Sky, The Big Knife, A Midsummer Night's Dream; King Henry IV; King Henry V, A Touch of the Poet; Solitude and The Devil's Advocate, among others. He has recorded a CD featuring Latin poetry, and has performed poetry at the Museum of Latin American Art. Most recently he played Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla with the Tucson Ballet and Philharmonic.