Jaime Escalante, the Los Angeles high school teacher who inspired hundreds of students and the movie “Stand and Deliver,” has died.

Escalante died Tuesday (March 30) after fighting cancer for several years. He was 79 years old.

Born in Bolivia, where he earned a degree at the state teachers college, Escalante came to the United States in 1963 and worked a series of jobs before earning a teaching credential and joining the faculty at Garfield High School in East L.A. in 1974.

]]>Edward James Olmos as Escalante. Follow Zap2it and Zap2itRick on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celeb news and buzz.