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Robert Beltran - Actor Robert Beltran was born in Bakersfield in 1953. He is the seventh of ten children and one of eight boys. During high school, he was involved in sports - baseball and football - and it wasn't until he began college that he first considered a career as an actor. He graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Theater Arts, a degree which took seven years to complete because "there was always another play to do." Before he claimed the role of Commander Chakotay, he was featured on “Veronica Clare” (Lifetime) and “Models, Inc.” (Fox), and he has done some episodic television as well. One of his finest performances came as a guest star in a two-part episode of NBC's Midnight Caller called "Life Without Possibility," a role which should have won him an Emmy, but did not. In the theater, he has appeared in productions for Luis Valdez's El Teatro Campesino, the LA Theater Center, the California Shakespeare Festival, and others. Because theater was his first love and it remains an abiding passion, Robert founded and serves as the co-artistic director of the East LA Classic Theater Group, which is affiliated with Cal State Los Angeles. He also belongs to Classic Theater Lab, an ensemble of professional actors that co-produced Robert's “Hamlet," which played in 1997 at the Actors' Gang Theater in Hollywood. He served as co-producer and director of this well-received production, as well as playing the title role.