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Jimmy Smits

Actor and Known for his roles as Victor Sifuentes on "LA Law" and Detective Bobby Simone on "NYPD Blue"

Jimmy Smits is best known for his character portrayals in long-running starring roles in the television series “L.A. Law” (1986-91), “NYPD Blue” (1993-98) and “The West Wing” (2004-06), and for films including “My Family (Mia Familia),” “Old Gringo” and two “Star Wars” prequels. More recently, he starred in the 2007 CBS drama “Cane” and 2010…

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Jimmy Smits is best known for his character portrayals in long-running starring roles in the television series “L.A. Law” (1986-91), “NYPD Blue” (1993-98) and “The West Wing” (2004-06), and for films including “My Family (Mia Familia),” “Old Gringo” and two “Star Wars” prequels. More recently, he starred in the 2007 CBS drama “Cane” and 2010 NBC series “Outlaw” and appeared in the Showtime series “Dexter.”

Smits earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1990 and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1995.

He appeared in several Cornell productions as a student, from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” to George Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman.” Before his television and film career, he also had major roles in the early 1980s at the Ithaca Repertory Theatre (now Hangar Theatre).

His stage career also includes the Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival and a 2009-10 co-starring role on Broadway in the critically acclaimed “God of Carnage.”

Smits is a co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, which advances the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries, both in front of and behind the camera.

In 1997, the U.S. Congress Congressional Award Program honored Smits with its Horizon Award for his efforts to expand opportunities for all Americans.

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