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Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits is a famous American actor from Brooklyn, New York. Jimmy Smits rose to the limelight for his appearance in the television series LA Law and NYPD Blue.

Early Life and Childhood

Jimmy Smits was born on 9th July 1995 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is 68 years old and his zodiac sign is Cancer. He is the only son of his Dutch father Cornelis Leendert Smits and his Puerto Rican mother Emilina (née Pola). So, he inherits a mixed ethnicity.

His family, who were devout Roman Catholics, raised him and his two sisters, Yvonne and Diana, mostly in Brooklyn in a working-class area. He also spent time in Puerto Rico as a youngster; he considers himself to be Puerto Rican and visits there regularly. From a religious point of view, he is a Christian.

Jimmy Smits

Caption: Jimmy Smits with son(source: Ecelebritymirror)

Moving into the educational background, Jimmy studied at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn where he also remained active both as an athlete and as an actor. As time passed, he started focusing on plays and musicals rather than on sports. Similarly, he attended Brooklyn University and completed his graduation with a BA degree in 1980. Similarly, he then joined Cornell University and earned a Masters in Fine Art in 1982.

Jimmy Smits – Professional Life

Jimmy traveled the United States in the early 1980s, playing in off-Broadway and repertory plays and gaining widespread acclaim. Among the plays, he worked on were ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Loose Ends’ (both in 1982). With time, he began to receive part-time roles in both feature films and television projects. In 1984, he had a tiny but important part as Eddie Rivera in the American television criminal thriller series Miami Vice.’

The part of attorney Victor Sifuentes in the television legal drama series ‘L.A. Law’ was the one that gave him a true break, notoriety, and recognition. The weekly series, which debuted on NBC on September 15, 1986, was a critical and economic success. He appeared regularly in the first five of eight seasons of ‘L.A. Law,’ and then made guest appearances in the sixth season, appearing in a total of 107 episodes.

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Caption: Jimmy Smits in Star Wars(Source: CBR)

In 1994, he appeared as Detective Bobby Simone in the police procedural drama television series NYPD Blue, which he played from the second to the sixth season. During his time at ‘NYPD Blue,’ he appeared in films such as ‘The Family’ in 1995 and ‘Murder in Mind’ in 1997, as well as TV movies such as ‘The Cisco Kid’ in 1994 and TV series such as ‘Happily Ever After’ in 1995.

Smits was cast as Senator Bail Organa in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, the second installment of the prequel trilogy, which was released on May 16, 2002. He later played the character again in ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’ in 2005 and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ in 2016.

Jimmy Smits – Relationship Status

Moving into the relationship status, Jimmy is a married guy. He is married to his wife an American actress Wanda De Jesus. The couple started their relationship back in 1986.

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Caption: Jimmy Smits with his partner Wanda De Jesus(source: Zimbio)

Previously, Smits was married to his ex-wife Barbara. Moreover, Barbara is in high school and loves Jimmy. The couple tied the knot in 1981. Their marriage lasted for 6 years and separated in 1987. The couple had two children from their relationship. Daughter Taina was born in 1973 and son Joaquin was born in 1983.

Body Measurements

Talking about the body measurement, Jimmy has got a pretty well-shaped and well-maintained body. The 66-year-old actor stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Smits has black eyes along with black hair. Other than this, he has not revealed his other body measurements like chest-waist-hip size, shoe size, weight, and others. We will let you know after Smits reveals them.

Social Media

Jimmy Smits is not active on any social media platforms. He has kept his personal life private away from the limelight.

Jimmy Smits – Net Worth 2024

Jimmy Smits has earned a good fortune in his career. He has gathered a huge wealth from his portrayal in several movies and TV series. As per the sources, he has an estimated net worth of around $25 million.