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ABOUT Jimmy Smits
as D.A Miguel Prado

Jimmy SmitsDate of Birth: July 9, 1955

Birth Place
: Brooklyn, New York

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Height: 6'3"

Family: He has a Puerto Rican mother and a Suriname father, In 1981, Smits married his high school sweetheart, Barbara. The couple had two children together before they divorced in 1987. He is currently dating long-time companion and fellow actress Wanda De Jesus.

Education: Graduate of Cornell University, M.F.A. '82. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre degree from Brooklyn College in 1980.

Actor Bio: Jimmy Smits turned down the offer to play a character named Flinn on NYPD Blue. Smits later accepted the role of Det. Bobby Simone. Smits was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1991. Smits has had a difficult time returning to television in recent years. In 1998, after leaving "NYPD Blue," 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 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”.


Non-acting careers: On a personal level, Smits remains passionately committed to the Latino community. Along with comedian Paul Rodriguez and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, he has invested in The Conga Room, a Los Angeles dance club which serves as a vehicle for Latino music. Smits has also founded The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, an organization that promotes Hispanic talent in the performing arts

: Star Wars: Episode II, Star Wars: Episode III, The Million Dollar Hotel

TV Shows: Dexter, SNL, Miami Vice, LA Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing

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Awards: Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, DC with the 1997 Horizon Award

Upcoming projects:


  • “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."



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