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Jimmy Smits

Victor Sifuentes in L. A. Law, Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue

Photos Jimmy Smits Birth name: Jimmy Smits
Birth date: 1955/07/09 (67 years old)
Birth place : New-York (USA)
Height: 1.91 m

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Biography for Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is a Surinamese and Puerto Rican-American actor, perhaps best known for his long-running roles on the TV series L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. He earned an M.F.A. from Cornell University in 1982. Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and he frequently visits the island.

Smits has received various nominations for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, and he won an Emmy in 1990. A wider audience became aware of Smits for his appearance as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan in the Star Wars Episodes II and III.

He currently plays the role of Representative Matthew Vicente Santos of Houston, Texas in the American television drama The West Wing. Congressman Santos is the Democratic nominee for President in the fictional presidential election that will take place in November 2005 on the series. His main opponent is Republican Senator Arnold Vinick of California. Because of the show's traditionally liberal leanings, many fans speculate that Santos will win the contest, though the producers of the series insist that they have not yet decided who will win.

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Filmography

Title Role
Cane Alex Vega (13 episodes, 2007)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Daniel Avila
The West Wing Congressman Matthew Santos / ... (35 episodes, 2004-2006)
Star Wars: Episode III
Lackawanna Blues (2005) (TV) Ruben Santiago Sr.
NYPD Blue Det. Bobby Simone (91 episodes, 1994-2004)
Star Wars: Episode II
Bless the Child (2000) Agent John Travis
Price of Glory (2000) Arturo Ortega
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) Geronimo
Lesser Prophets (1997) Mike
Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special (1997) (TV) (voice) Old King Cole
Murder in Mind (1997) Peter Walker
Marshal Law (1996) (TV) Jack Coleman
The Last Word (1995) Actor (Martin)
My Family (1995) Jimmy
Solomon & Sheba (1995) (TV) King Solomon
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Old King Cole (1 episode)
The Cisco Kid (1994) (TV) Cisco Kid
Gross Misconduct (1993) Justin Thorne
The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV) Jim 'Gard' Gardner
L.A. Law Victor Sifuentes (107 episodes, 1986-1992)
The Broken Cord (1992) (TV) David Norwell
Fires Within (1991) Nestor
Switch (1991) Walter Stone
Cop Rock Victor Sifuentes (1 episode, 1990)
Saturday Night Live Host (1 episode, 1990)
Vital Signs (1990) Dr. David Redding
Old Gringo (1989) Gen. Tomas Arroyo
Pee-wee's Playhouse Your authorized conky repairman (1 episode, 1989)
Glitz (1988) (TV) Vincent Marra
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (TV) Victor Sifuentes
Stamp of a Killer (1987) (TV) Richard Braden
The Highwayman (1987) (TV) Bo Ziker
The Believers (1987) Tom Lopez
Hotshot (1987) Stars Team Member
Running Scared (1986) Julio Gonzales
Spenser: For Hire Hector Valdes (1 episode, 1986)
Rockabye (1986) (TV) 2nd Policeman

Trivia

Graduate of Cornell University, M.F.A. '82

Smits has been living with Wanda De Jesus since c. 1986.

He has a Puerto Rican mother and a Suriname father. He is a partner in "The Conga Room" club in Los Angeles, Ca. His partners are Jennifer Lopez,Paul Rodriguez and Brad Gluckstein.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre degree from Brooklyn College in 1980.

Turned down the offer to play a character named Flinn on NYPD Blue. The character in question was later renamed Det. John Kelly, played by David Caruso. Ironically, after Caruso's departure from the show in 1994, Smits accepted the role of Det. Bobby Simone (Det. Kelly's successor).

Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1991

Has had a difficult time returning to television in recent years. In 1998, after leaving "NYPD Blue," he signed a deveolpment deal with ABC, but nothing ever came of it. Three years later, in 2001, he was set to play the lead in the NBC show "UC:Undercover," but his commitments to ABC forced him to back out just four days before the pilot was shot. Shortly after, in September 2001, he inked a new seven-figure deal with ABC to develop a series for the 2002-2003 television season, but once again, the deal failed to produce a series. Later, in 2002, he turned down the chance to play the lead in "CSI:Miami" and backed out of the lead role in "Boomtown" at the last minute. In 2004 he was attached to star in a Jerry Bruckheimer produced drama for NBC called "City of Dreams" as an L.A. private investigator who caters to the rich and famous. However, script problems eventually caused that project to be scrapped. Finally, in August 2004 he inked a deal to join the cast of "The West Wing" for the 2004-2005 season, and a few weeks later, made a separate deal with ABC and Touchstone studios to develop and star in a new series after his time on "The West Wing."

Family

Spouse : Barbara Smits (1981 - 1987) (divorced) 2 children

Divorced father of two.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest
  • Last update: 02/07/2008 by abdest

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