Life and achievements
The father of Jimmy Smits comes from Suriname, his mother from Puerto Rico. He graduated in 1980, the Theatre Studies at Brooklyn College and earned in 1982 at Cornell University, a Master of Fine Arts.
Smits made his debut in 1984 in the television series Miami Vice. In the comedy These two are not grasp (1986 ) saw him next to Billy Crystal, Joe Pantoliano and Dan Hedaya. For his performances in the series LA Law from 1986 to 1991, he was in 1990 with the Viewers for Quality Television Award, and in 1991 nominated for a Golden Globe. In 1990 he won an Emmy Award, for which he was in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992 also nominated.
In the fantasy comedy Switch - The woman in a man (1991 ), he played the role of Walter Stone, a friend of Steve Brooks, or Amanda Brooks (Ellen Barkin ). For the main role in the film drama My Family ( 1995), in which one of the supporting roles was occupied with Jennifer Lopez, he was nominated in 1996 for the Independent Spirit Award.
From 1994 to 1998 Smits had a starring role in the television series NYPD Blue and won for this role in 1996 Golden Globe, for which he was nominated again in 1997 and 1999. In the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 was again nominated for an Emmy Award. In the years 1998 and 1999 he won the ALMA Award. In the years 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
From 2004 to 2006 Smits played in the television series The West Wing, for this role, he won the 2005 Imagen Foundation Award and was nominated for the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award and was seen until recently in the crime series Dexter. In 2009 he was awarded for his guest appearance as Miguel Prado in the episode Go Your Own Way its 12th Emmy nomination.
Smits was married in the years 1981 to 1987 and has two children.