Jimmy Smits Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2017
Facts of Jimmy Smits
Date of Birth: 1955 , July-9
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 3 Inch
Name Jimmy Smits
Birth Name Jimmy L. Smits
Father Cornelis Leendert Smits
Mother Emilina (née Pola)
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor
Hair Color Dark brown
Weight in KG 96 kg
Affair with Wanda De Jesus (1986–)
Married Yes
Married to Barbara Smits (10 June 1980 - 22 June 1987)
Children Taina (born in 1973) and Joaquin (born in 1983)
Education Cornell University (MFA)
Awards Saturn Awards
Movies Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
TV Show 24: Legacy
Siblings Yvonne and Diana
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Synopsis

Emmy Award Winner Jimmy Smith is an American actor who received appreciation for his major character as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law. He is also best known for Star Wars: Episode |||-Revenge of the Sith as well as NYPD Blue.

Jimmy also made his unusual appearances in the Star Wars Prequel trilogy, Rogue One, and TV crime drama mystery series Dexter as well.

Early life and Education

Jimmy Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York in the US, on July 9, 1955, as the eldest child and only son of Cornelis Leendert Smits and Emilia (née Pola). His father Cornelius Smith came from Paramaribo, Surinam, He was of Dutch descent.

Jimmy Smith belongs to American nationality and regarding his ethnicity, he is mixed by ethnical descent. He raised up in Brooklyn in a middle-class neighborhood by his family who was devoted Roman Catholics. He has also two sisters named Diana and Yvonne. Smith also spent her childhood in Puerto Rico.

Jimmy Smith enrolled at the Thomas Jefferson High School in his hometown Brooklyn and completed his primary level. There he was also actively participated in athletic games and other entertainment activities.

As a child, Jimmy Smith also keen interested in acting and with all one’s heart, he followed his aim or goal to become one of the stars. After that, he accomplished his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1980.

After completing bachelor, Jimmy Smith moved to Cornell University in 1992 and earned Masters of Fine Arts.

Professional Career

Jimmy Smith made her screen debut in 1986 film Running Scared as a Julio Gonzales. After that, he made his remarkable appearances in a number of films including The Believers, Price of Glory, Bless the Child, Star Wars: Episode |||- Revenge of the Sith and many other.

In addition to his acting in movies, Jimmy also featured in awful of TV shows such as The Cisco Kid, Happily Ever After, The West Wing and many others. He also played the role of Victor Santiago in 2016 police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine along with Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Vanessa Peretti, and Stephanie Beatriz as well.

Personal life and Affair

61 years old Jimmy Smith was married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara Smith on June 10, 1980. The couple first met each other at Brooklyn College and got engaged as a close friend. Soon after the couple began dating.

After dating for more than 8 years, Jimmy Smith later tied the knot to Barbara in 1980, when he also finished his Bachelor from there. After that, the couple welcomed their first child girl Taina Smith who was born 8 years ago of their marriage.

Barbara Smith again gave birth to their second child Joaquin Smith in 1983. The couple were getting along quite nicely and were also living a happy life with their two children. The couple eventually was unable to lead their marital relationship last long and consequently got divorced on March 15, 1986, when their second son was only three years old.

After that, Jimmy’s wife Barbara resided in Brooklyn, New York with their two children. Jimmy Smith, meanwhile, is involved in a relationship with his girlfriend Wanda DeJesus on November 16, 1986. The couple seems a very happy together and sharing bunches of love each other.

Jimmy Smith was also arrested for taking part in protests against bombing practices by the US Navy on Vieques in 1987 and was sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation as well as a $150 fine.

Social Activities

Besides, Jimmy Smith does a lot of charity works and has also contributed to several organizations with elegant manner including the Red Cross, New York Cares, and Stand up to Cancer. Further to add, he also donates for treating HIV and AIDS.

Net worth and Body Measurement

Jimmy Smith has garnered a tremendous amount of net worth from his acting career, which is believed to be more than $25 million. He looks very tall with his height of 6 feet 3 inches and weight is 96 kg. 

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