Robert Beltran plays First Officer Chakotay, the fearless former Maquis Captain on UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager." When the Maquis rebels united with the Federation crew of the Starship U.S.S. Voyager, Chakotay agreed to become Janeway's First Officer. A Native American who attended the Starfleet Academy and became a Lieutenant Commander, Chakotay resigned his position to join the Maquis. "Chakotay is a passionate man who has earned Captain Janeway's respect as her friend and First Officer," Beltran explains. "The fifth season will continue to allow the relationship between them to grow."
Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Beltran graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in theater arts. His love for acting began in elementary school and his passion has flourished throughout the years into an impressive list of credits.
His extensive theater background includes performances in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet" and "King Henry IV" for the California Shakespeare Festival. He has worked with El Teatro Campesino, the theater company of famed writer/director Luis Valdez, where he appeared in "Corridos," "Rose of the Rancho" and "La Pastorela." In the Los Angeles Theater Center, Beltran performed to critical acclaim in the Luis Valdez play "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinkin' Badges."
His feature film credits include a critically-acclaimed performance in "Eating Raoul" plus leading roles in "Gaby" and "Kiss Me A Killer." He also starred in "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and portrayed John Sturges in Oliver Stone's highly acclaimed film "Nixon."
Prior to joining "Star Trek: Voyager," Beltran appeared as Lieutenant Soto in "Models, Inc." His television performances have included the lead role in "Midnight Caller" and the miniseries "The Mystic Warrior." Beltran has also guest starred on numerous programs including "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Miami Vice."
He is the founding member and co-artistic director of the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Group, designed to provide cultural enrichment to the East Los Angeles community. The company has performed "A Touch of the Poet" and "The Price" at California State University at Los Angeles. Most recently, Beltran directed and starred in "Hamlet" at the Actor's Theater in Hollywood.
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