Jimmy Smits is an actor from the United States. He is most known for his roles as prosecutor Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law, Matt Santos on The West Wing, and NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, as well as appearances ADA Miguel Prado in Dexter. Smits also starred in Switch and My Family. He also featured in the Star War sequel trilogy as well as Rogue One, where he played Bail Organa.
Jimmy Smits rose to prominence after starring in the television series L.A. Law, for which he won an Emmy Award. Smits appeared in a number of films, but it wasn’t until he returned to television in the rugged police drama NYPD Blue that he found new success. Since then, Smits has featured on programs including The West Wing and Sons of Anarchy.
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Smits was born in the neighborhood of Brooklyn, in the state of New York. Cornelis Leendert Smits, Smits’ father, was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, and was of Dutch heritage. Emilina Smits, Smits’ mother, was born in Peuelas, Puerto Rico. He grew up in a working-class area with his two sisters, Diana and Yvonne.
He moved to Puerto Rico when he was ten years old and lived there for a few years. He had never spoken Spanish before that. Attending a Spanish-only school was traumatizing and difficult for Smith.
Smits grew up in a conservative Roman Catholic household. He considers himself Puerto Rican and travels to the island regularly.
In his teens, Smits was an active sportsman. Smits completed his schooling at Thomas Jefferson High School, Brooklyn. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 then went on to graduate from Cornell University with a Master’s in Fine Arts in 1982.
Smits made his big-screen debut as a drug trafficker in Running Scared in 1986. He discovered his place on television later that year when he was cast as attorney Victor Sifuentes on the weekly show L.A. Law. In 1993, Smits was given the main part in the thriller NYPD Blue.
Smits actively pursued film roles, starring alongside Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich in the thriller The Million Dollar Hotel in 2000.
Smits made his comeback to television in 2004 as Matthew Santos, a congressman and presidential candidate on the widely praised The West Wing. He made a comeback to television in 2019 as a civil rights leader on Bluff City Law.
Jimmy Smits Net Worth
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Jimmy Smits has established a reputation for portraying attorneys, detectives, and other similar characters in a variety of programs and films throughout the course of his career, and it is through these performances that he has amassed such wealth.
Despite the fact that his show Outlaw just ran for a year in 2010, Smits was paid a high of $150,000 per episode. Jimmy received a total of $1.2 million for his tenure on Outlaw because only 8 episodes in total were aired before the show was canceled.
In 1993, as per official records, Jimmy paid $1.565 million for a house in Los Angeles, California. The house has four bedrooms with four bathrooms, as well as a total living area of 4,405 square feet.
Jimmy Smits Career
- In a 1984 episode of Miami Vice, Smits played one of his first parts. In 1986, he made his acting debut as a lawyer in L.A. Law. He starred during the first five seasons of the program, which helped him establish himself as an actor.
- In 1990, Smits earned a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in L.A. Confidential.
- During the late 1990s, Jimmy starred in the movies My Family and Pee-wee’s Playhouse as a repairman. On 1994, he landed another major part as Private investigator Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue.
- Jimmy’s career grew considerably as a result of the part, and critics lauded him.
- Jimmy received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1995 as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1996 for his work in NYPD Blue.
- Smits received the HOLA Award for Excellence in addition to a wide range of other award nominations during this time.
- In Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Jimmy played Bail Organa for the very first time in the early 2000s. Despite being largely regarded among the worst Star Wars films of all time, the picture was a commercial blockbuster. In Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Smits imitated his part, which garnered significantly better reviews.
- Smits later reprised his role as Bail Organa in Rogue One, a prologue that took place in Star Wars Episode III to Star Wars Episode IV.
- Despite having one of the largest budgets ever, Rogue One- grossed five times more than its budget, making it the 20th best-grossing picture of all time.
- Smits portrayed Houston Congressman Matt Santos for the last and second last of The West Wing. Smits featured on the third season in the television show Dexter. Jimmy Smits character on Dexter was as an associate district attorney.
- The series Cane, in which Jimmy subsequently featured, was canceled after one season owing to the 2007 Writers Guild Strike. Smits played a brothel in the fifth season of the show Sons of Anarchy, demonstrating his versatility.
- Smits reappeared to courtroom drama into a new role in Bluff City Law after appearing in The Get Down. Smits is also recognized for his theatrical talents, having featured in a number of New York City Shakespeare plays.
- He has appeared on Broadway in the highly acclaimed dramas Anna in the Tropics and God of Carnage. Jimmy has also landed voice roles in a variety of video games.
- He played Bail Organa again in the widely regarded game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in 2008. He landed another major voice part in Gears of War 4 in 2016.
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- Since 1986, Jimmy has been in a serious and long-term relationship with Wanda De Jesus.
- Jimmy has a Puerto Rican mom and a Dutch-born Surinamese father.
- He is a partner in the Los Angeles, California-based Conga Room club alongside Paul Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, and Brad Gluckstein.
- On June 2, 2021, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard, California.
- On three separate television shows, he has portrayed a lawyer: L.A. Law, Dexter, and Bluff City Law.
- He is now based in Los Angeles, California. The 1997 Horizon Award was given to him by the Congressional Award in Washington, D.C.
- At the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival, he was dubbed King of Brooklyn.
He is of Puerto Rican and Surinamese descent.
No, he cannot speak Spanish.
His former wife is Barbara Smits.