March 30th, 2010
08:28 PM ET

'Stand and Deliver' teacher Jaime Escalante is dead

[Updated 9:39 p.m.] Read the full story

Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in "Stand and Deliver," died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to Sony Films.

Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in the 1988 movie, disclosed earlier this month that Escalante was "seriously ill" with cancer.

Olmos held a fundraiser in Los Angeles last week to help Escalante's family pay for his medical care.

- By Alan Duke, CNN

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  1. Usef Norouzian

    The news of Mr Escalante's death made me cry in my car while driving. I have never met or seen him, but I felt as if he was my brother or my teacher. He left, but the fire he built will burn forever and give warmth and light to many. Would his death upset me if he were a CEO of a company making millions? No, not at all. Great teachers live in hearts and minds.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Priscilla

    Mr. Escalante I never met him,it would have been a honor but i did see his movie & i am so proud of him,he will never be forgotten, he will be greatly missed,it jst shows how jst one person can make a diffrence,he set a great example of that,God bless his family & may he comfort them.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dowling High School Spanish class

    We look forward to having our condolences posted to the Escalante family. We, as a Spanish class, wrote (in Spanish) on March 31st, around 11 a.m. your time, to express our sincerest sympathy. Would you please post for the family to see? What a loss to everyone; what a great man! Thank you.

    Judy Chamat, Dowling Catholic High School, WDM, IA

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
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