|Jimmy Smits Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||July 9, 1955|
|Girlfriend||Wanda De Jesus|
Jimmy Smits is an American actor, producer, stage artist, and voice actor who is known for his roles like Matt Santos in the NBC serial political drama The West Wing, Detective Bobby Simone in the police procedural drama NYPD Blue, Victor Sifuentes in the legal drama series L.A. Law, Jimmy Sanchez in the independent drama film My Family, Cyrus Garza in the NBC legal drama Outlaw, Walter Stone in the fantasy comedy film Switch, Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla in the action crime drama series Sons of Anarchy, Elijah Strait in the NBC legal drama Bluff City Law, and Miguel Prado in the Showtime crime drama mystery Dexter. Jimmy Smits was awarded the 2,696th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 4, 2021, and has also been a recipient of the Ackerman Leadership Award for his work “championing bilingual and bicultural mental health and social services for Latino families.”
Jimmy L. Smits
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Jimmy Smits studied at a Spanish-only school and has described his experience as “jarring” and “traumatic”. He also attended Thomas Jefferson High School located in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York.
Afterward, Smits received a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and an MFA from Cornell University in 1982.
Actor, Producer, Stage Artist, Voice Actor
- Father – Cornelis Leendert Smits
- Mother – Emilina (née Pola)
- Siblings – Yvonne (Sister), Diana (Sister)
- Others – Hendrik Smits (Paternal Grandfather), Henriette Wilson (Paternal Grandmother), Joaquín Pola y Orenzo/Orengo (Maternal Grandfather), Tomasa Bermúdez y Rivera (Maternal Grandmother)
He has been signed with United Talent Agency, Talent Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $15 Million in 2020.
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jimmy Smits has dated –
- Barbara Smits (1971-1987) – He started dating Barbara Smits in 1971 and the childhood sweethearts then got married in 1981. They have 2 children – Taina (b. 1975) and Joaquin (b. 1983). Their marriage ended in 1987 and Barbara Smits died on April 16, 2010.
- Wanda De Jesus (1986-Present) – In the year 1986, he became romantically involved with actress Wanda De Jesus.
- Jane Fonda (1988) – It was RUMORed that he had a fling with actress Jane Fonda in January 1988.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (White and Hispanic)
He is of Dutch descent on his father’s side and has Puerto Rican ancestry on his mother’s side.
- Has often played likable, noble characters
- Deep smooth voice
- Towering height
He was a part of a PSA print ad for New York Cares in 2007.
He grew up in a strict, devout Roman Catholic family.
Jimmy Smits Facts
- He was raised in a working-class neighborhood.
- Jimmy Smits was 10 years old when he started living in Puerto Rico and lived there for a couple of years.
- He made his theatrical film debut as Julio Gonzales in the buddy cop action comedy film, Running Scared, in 1986.
- He has done voiceover work for video games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Gears of War 4.
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