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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 July 1955Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJimmy L. Smits
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jimmy Smits was born on July 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jimmy L. Smits. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), NYPD Blue (1993) and Star Wars: Episode II - The Attack of the Clones (2002). He was previously married to Barbara Smits.

Spouse (1)

Barbara Smits (10 June 1980 - 22 June 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays likeable, noble characters
Towering height and slender frame
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (15)

Received his Master's degree from Cornell University in 1982.
Father of a daughter, Taina Smits (born 1973), and a son, Joaquin Smits (born 1983) with ex-wife, Barbara Smits. Barbara Smits died on April 16, 2010.
Smits has been living with actress Wanda De Jesus since 1986.
Has a Puerto Rican mother and a Surinamese father of Dutch descent.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Brooklyn College in 1980.
Turned down the offer to play a character named Flinn on NYPD Blue (1993). The character in question was later renamed Detective John Kelly, played by David Caruso. Ironically, after Caruso's departure from the series in 1994, Smits accepted the role of Detective Bobby Simone (Detective 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 (1993), he signed a development deal with ABC, but nothing ever came of it. Three years later, in 2001, he was set to play the lead in the NBC action series "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 a Los Angeles 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 (1999) 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".
Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, D.C. with the 1997 Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is a special recognition from the Joint Leadership of the United States Congress and the Congressional Award Board of Directors. The Horizon Award is presented to individuals from the private sectors who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
Jimmy is the name on his birth certificate and it is not short for James.
Is a partner in "The Conga Room" club in Los Angeles, California with Jennifer Lopez, Paul Rodriguez and Brad Gluckstein as partners.
Appearing in the 2003 Pulitzer winning drama / play "Anna in the Tropics" at the Booth Theatre in New York City. The show opened November 16 and will be closing February 22. [February 2004]
Has a recurring role as a Miami Assistant District Attorney on Showtime's Dexter (2006). [September 2008]
Staring on the CBS television drama series Cane (2007). [September 2007]

Personal Quotes (17)

"They'd say, 'Explain this again: If you finish this degree, you'll be able to teach high-school drama?'" -- Former "NYPD Blue" on his parents' reaction after he told them he wanted to be an actor - USA Weekend (August 1999)
Celebrity hits like a bomb. So you have to find what makes you stable in the storm. Then, no matter what's happening around you, no matter what the hype or the publicity, you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.
It's less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment.
There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common-sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared; never give up; and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: - Shine!
I like the gypsy aspect of this business.
I am a firm believer in education and have worked very hard to tell young Latinos that they must go to college and that, if possible, they should pursue an advanced degree. I am convinced that education is the great equalizer.
I never thought television would or could be a long-term commitment.
I'm an actor. I love to act. That's my job. I'll leave the politicking to others.
I've been in California for about 15 years now. You're always in your car and insulated. I miss New York so much.
If you're afraid to live your life in a glass bubble, how can you do what we do in this industry?
In my college years, I worked as a union labor organizer. I was just one of the many workers trying to do my part to help the community.
Just give me a good role that allows me to hone my craft, and I am a pretty happy camper.
There's something so familial and intimate between a boxer and his trainer.
For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we're just the hired hands, acting.
I've been very lucky to work on a wide variety of projects, including two long-run and top-10 dramatic television shows. That is why it is so important to offer a helping hand to the next generation of young Latinos coming up behind me.
When we are out there selling a new picture, when did it become part of the deal that you have to sell the family? To use the juicy part of your life to get attention? I'm not blaming the reporters. It's the system.
You have to find what makes you stable in the storm. Then, no matter what's happening round you, no matter what the hype or the publicity, you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.

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