Jimmy Smits

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Smits has been busy - Sudbury Star
Q: Could you give me some information on Jimmy Smits? I haven't seen him on TV in a long time. -Claire Patterson, Carleton Place, Ont. A: You just haven't been looking in the right places. Smits is a pretty busy guy. He just wrapped up a starring role...
Q&A with Kim Delaney of 'Army Wives' - Bankrate.com
By Bonnie Siegler • Bankrate.com She might always be recognized as Jimmy Smits' wife, detective Diane Russell, on "NYPD Blue," a key player who won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy Award, a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Screen Actors Guild...
The Prison Break Is Over: Burning Questions Answered - Seattle Post Intelligencer
I was on NYPD Blue and I came on during Season 6, which was Jimmy Smits' last arc — and it was some of the best TV ever. They had the thought that when a character goes that's beloved, if you drop a safe on his head, the audience is going to hate you,...
Dexter - FX, 10pm - Mirror.co.uk
By Jane Simon 22/05/2009 The plot turns a hugely significant corner tonight when Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) drops a subtle hint about a special favour he'd like Dexter to do for him. Turns out that the chief prosecutor has much more in common with Dex...
Dexter S3 Chopped Up - IGN
And when a high-profile case sides him with powerful Assistant DA Miguel Prado (special guest star Jimmy Smits), the pressure might be too great for even the beloved Dexter to hack. No word on exactly what the bonus materials and extra features will...
Dexter's back - Tonight
The new season welcomes former LA Law star Jimmy Smits as assistant district attorney Migual Prado, Dexter's first true friend and surprise confidante, to shake up the formula. The new season also features subplots involving a serial killer called The...
New roles for Chris Rock, Courteney Cox and Justin Timberlake when ... - Tampabay.com
There will be cool, successful series created for Idris Elba (left), Amy Ryan, Lance Reddick, Jimmy Smits and Amy Poehler (Poehler's lame-o Parks and Recreation SO does not count). Because these talents deserve an amazing platform, and that's how this...
'The Mikado' returns to the MOC stage — first debuted in 1927 - Montclair Times
On film, he can be seen in "Dangerous Affections" (with Judith Light and Jimmy Smits) and "Plain Clothes" (with Loren Dean and Arliss Howard). Magos currently serves as president/general director of South Mountain TheaterWorks, a production company he...
Top TV with Barry Ronge - The Times
In this season actor Jimmy Smits plays Miguel Prado, a district attorney who befriends Dexter. Fans of crime writer PD James will be pleased to see M-Net dipping into her crime novels. Her signature sleuth is Adam Dalgleish, an excellent detective,...
Obama's heritage - Foreign Policy
(So did Palmer's brother Wayne, for that matter, as did Jimmy Smits character, Mathew Santos, on "The West Wing." Of course, there it gets a little complicated because West Wing's writers and producers have acknowledged that they actually based their...

Jimmy Smits


Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor. Smits is perhaps best known for his long-running roles on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law as Richard Dysart's youngest uptight law partner, Victor Sifuentes, who was also the firm's pro-bono lawyer (a role he played from 1986 to 1991), and as Dennis Franz's second partner, Det. Bobby Simone, in NYPD Blue (a role he played from 1994 to 1998), a police officer who was a widower, as well as his role on The West Wing as congressman and presidential candidate Matt Santos, opposite Alan Alda, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen. He appeared in the third season of Dexter. As an actor, he is noted for his portrayal of earnest, honest men with deep moral convictions.

Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Cornelius Smits, was a Surinamese immigrant of Dutch descent who managed a screen-printing factory. His mother, Emilina, was a Puerto Rican who worked as a nurse. He has 2 sisters, Yvonne and Diana. He grew up in a devoutly Catholic family in a working-class neighborhood and spent time in Puerto Rico during his childhood. Smits earned a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and an MFA from Cornell University in 1982. Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and frequently visits the island. He was arrested for his participation in protests against U.S. Navy bombing practices on the Puerto Rican offshore island of Vieques.

A notable early role played by Smits was that of Eddie Rivera in the series premiere of Miami Vice. In the episode, he was Sonny Crockett's original partner, only to be shortly killed off in a sting gone wrong. He played Victor Sifuentes in the first five seasons of the long-running legal drama L.A. Law.

Smits played a Conky Repairman on Pee-wee's Playhouse as one of the show's memorable characters. He also starred in the multigenerational story of a Chicano family in My Family/Mi Familia in 1995.

A new audience became aware of Smits for his appearance as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan who appears in the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and becomes Princess Leia's adoptive father in the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. His likeness and voice are also used for the character in the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Smits was to have hosted the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards broadcast, but it was called off because of the terrorist attacks that day. He instead hosted a non-televised press conference to announce the winners.

Smits played the role of Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas in the final two seasons of the American television drama The West Wing, joining fellow L.A. Law alumnus John Spencer. Smits's character eventually ran for and won the US Presidency in the series.

For the third season of Dexter, Smits played the role of Miguel Prado, an assistant district attorney who befriends Dexter and takes part in his killings. Additionally, he portrayed the character, Alex Vega, in the CBS TV series, Cane which aired from September 25, 2007 to December 18, 2007 and was subsequently cancelled by the network due to the 2007 Screen Writer's Guild strike.

Smits was married to Barbara Smits from 1981 until their divorce in 1987. They have two children, Taina (born in 1973) and Joaquin (born in 1983). Since 1986, Smits has been in a relationship with actress Wanda De Jesus. They reside in Los Angeles. Smits helped found the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. Jimmy is also an advocate for diagnostic colorectal screening and has appeared in a public service commercial.

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L.A. Law

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L.A. Law is an American television legal drama that ran from 1986 to 1994. It was one of the most popular American television shows of the late 1980s and early 1990s. L.A. Law reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s.

It was co-created by Steven Bochco (who had created the NBC show Hill Street Blues and would later co-create ABC's NYPD Blue) and former entertainment lawyer Terry Louise Fisher. The theme music was composed by Mike Post.

The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, located in the 444 Flower Building, and featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff.

The show often combined humor and drama, sometimes in the same episode. The show's quirky sort of humor can be shown in the opening of the first episode of the series, where we see only the back and hand of partner Chaney, seated at a desk, suddenly gripping the pages of a tax manual, drop dead of a heart attack. Later in that episode, in front of his partners, friends and his wife, a man appears to speak at Chaney's eulogy, to announce how "I first met him at a gay bar," and thus Chaney had been in the closet as either bisexual or a gay man with a wife.

A running gag throughout the series was the overtly promiscuous lifestyle of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker, and his chronic and constant liaisons with women, up to and including bedding some of his own clients. This would end up causing problems when a client would use him to set up her (estranged) husband to be murdered. Steven Bochco used a similar incident in Hill Street Blues when a woman bedded one of the police officers in the squad and tricked him into shooting her ex-husband when he (apparently) broke into her house.

To some extent, the sexual peccadillos of almost the entire cast would become fodder for episodes of the series.

After Grace Van Owen makes a comment that he'd have to be a monkey before she'd be interested in Michael Kuzak, he woos her on the courthouse steps in a monkey suit. Douglas Brackman becomes involved with a sex therapist. Benny Stulwitz, a developmentally disabled clerk at the office, has sex with the developmentally disabled daughter of a client of the firm. Leland McKenzie and Rosalynd Shays, supposedly enemies, secretly become lovers.

The show tied itself into the events of the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which were prompted by the acquittal of four white police officers who placed on trial for the videotaped beating of African American motorist Rodney King. Tax attorney Stuart Markowitz is struck on the head by a rioter, and ends up having serious head injuries, causing a number of problems for him and his wife for several episodes as a result.

In one scene later in the series, Rosalynd Shays and Leland McKenzie are standing together, talking and waiting for an elevator in the corridor outside the firm's offices. When the elevator bell rings to signal its arrival, Rosalynd turns and steps into the elevator, only to have us hear her screams as we discover she had stepped into the elevator shaft, when the elevator doors had opened without the elevator car present (a type of malfunction that is not possible with modern elevator systems).

The show did not shy away from controversy, with a scene in one episode where one of the female lawyers, Abby Perkins, has an on-screen (romantic) kiss with C.J. Lamb, another female lawyer who is admittedly bisexual.

L.A. Law took over NBC's prized Thursday 10PM (9PM Central) time slot from another Bochco-produced show, Hill Street Blues, and was itself eventually replaced by another hit ensemble drama, ER. Bochco had been fired from Hill Street Blues in 1985. L.A. Law's original time period was Friday 10PM following Miami Vice but after struggling there, NBC decided to move it to Thursdays as Hill Street Blues was winding down. The original two-hour movie aired on Monday, September 15, 1986. The series was a critical favorite before it had premiered. An encore of the movie aired in place of Saturday Night Live on September 27 being a rare scripted rerun in that late-night slot.

Co-creator Fisher was fired from the series in season 2 and filed a well-publicized lawsuit with Bochco and the studio. Bochco and Fisher had also co-created the 1987 John Ritter series Hooperman for ABC.

Boston attorney David E. Kelley was hired by Bochco in the series' first season after having written the feature film, From the Hip. Kelley went on to critical and commercial success as show-runner of the series before leaving to create Picket Fences. While on L.A. Law, Kelley and Bochco co-created Doogie Howser, M.D. as the first Steven Bochco Productions series for a major, ten-series deal with ABC. Shortly after, Bochco was offered the job as President of ABC Entertainment but turned it down.

At the height of the show's popularity in the mid-1980s, attention was focused upon a fictitious sexual technique named the "Venus Butterfly". The only clue describing the technique was a vague reference to "ordering room service". Fans and interested persons flooded the show's producers with letters asking for more details about this curious kink.

During the seventh season, the executive producers John Tinker and John Masius were fired midseason, and while the show went on hiatus, William Finkelstein was brought in to fix it. Bochco and Kelley each returned to pen episodes until Finkelstein took over. Tinker and Masius had brought a whimsical, soapy tone to the series which they were known for on St. Elsewhere. Dan Castellaneta who does the voice of Homer Simpson appeared in a Homer costume and hired the attorneys in the seventh-season premiere. That episode also reflected on the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Finkelstein reined in the series to the serious legal cases that made the series famous.

In the eighth and final season, the characters of Denise Ianello (Debi Mazar) and Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg) were transplanted from the cancelled Bochco legal series Civil Wars, which had run on ABC from 1991-93. Eli Levinson was revealed to be Stuart Markowitz's cousin. During the final season, the series was rested in January 1994 to launch the second season of Homicide: Life on the Street. When that series succeeded wildly with a guest appearance by Robin Williams, it was expected that L.A. Law would conclude that May and Homicide: Life on the Street would succeed it on Thursdays in the fall. However, ER tested so well that Warner Bros. executives campaigned network president Warren Littlefield to give that series the prized Thursday slot.

After the end of the regular series in 1994, it returned for a single broadcast in 2002 as L.A. Law: The Movie. On May 24, 2007, the AmericanLife TV Network announced that it would begin rebroadcasting L.A. Law starting June 3, 2007, Sundays at 10 pm. From 2000 until 2004, A&E had been rebroadcasting the show. Lifetime Television also reran the show until the late 1990s.

The show won numerous awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991. Some of the actors, such as Larry Drake, also received Emmys for their performances. The series shares the Emmy Award record for most acting nominations by regular cast members (excluding the guest performer category) for a single series in one year with Hill Street Blues and The West Wing.

For the 1988-1989 season, nine cast members were nominated for Emmys. Larry Drake was the only one to win (for Supporting Actor). The others nominated were Michael Tucker (Lead Actor), Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey (for Lead Actress), Richard Dysart and Jimmy Smits (Supporting Actor), Amanda Plummer, Susan Ruttan and Michele Greene (for Supporting Actress).

It was listed as #42 on Entertainment Weekly's list of The New Classics in the July 4, 2008 issue.

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Adventures in Wild California

Adventures in Wild California is a 70mm American documentary film showcasing the scenery and extreme sports found in California. It is narrated by Golden Globe-winning actor Jimmy Smits and was released to IMAX theaters in 2000. The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated director and cinematographer Greg MacGillivray.

California's geography and culture - which the film asserts inspires people to take chances, is the focus of the documentary. Extreme sports such as sky diving and surfing are captured with dramatic aerial free-fall and underwater photography, while examples such as Walt Disney's creation of an entertainment empire based on a "little mouse", the construction of the Golden Gate bridge during the Great Depression, and the establishment of high-tech Silicon Valley showcase the risk-taking California inspires.

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Latin Grammy Awards of 2001

The Second Annual Latin Grammy Awards winners were announced during a press conference October 30, 2001 at the Conga Room in Los Angeles, California.

The awards were to have been presented in Los Angeles, CA with a CBS national telecast September 11, 2001, but the telecast was cancelled because of terrorist attacks that morning in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The show's original hosts were Jimmy Smits and Christina Aguilera.

The live webcast and press conference were hosted by Jimmy Smits and Paul Rodriguez.

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The Tommyknockers (TV miniseries)

The Tommyknockers is a 1993 television miniseries, based on the novel The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. It was directed by John Power, and starred Marg Helgenberger and Jimmy Smits in the two lead roles.

The plot of the miniseries follows fairly closely to the spirit of King's original novel. Due to length, certain elements obviously needed to be condensed or left out entirely. The miniseries is set in the fictional town of Haven, Maine. The events of the story begin when Bobbi Anderson (Helgenberger) stumbles in the woods behind her house, and begins excavating the object that she tripped over. This turns out to be an alien spacecraft, which causes the townspeople to undergo a series of changes as it is unearthed. Their appearance changes, as they lose their teeth and their skin takes on a deathly pallor. They are also struck with wondrous ideas, creating many strange and sometimes deadly devices.

Bobbi's best friend, Jim 'Gard' Gardner (Smits) is relatively impervious to the changes taking place in the town, as a result of a large steel plate in his head, a souvenir of a skiing accident. As the townspeople's transformation continues, Gard sees what is going on, and vows to find a way to stop it. After the ship has been excavated and the Tommyknockers themselves have been revealed, Gardner finds his way on to the ship. Powered by his mind, Gardner reactivates the ship and flies it away, killing himself in the process. In major departures from the novel, Gard isn't forced to kill an insane Bobbi, and the townspeople begin to revert back to their original selves after the link to the ship has been severed.

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The Damage a Man Can Do

Jimmy Smits accidentally stabbed a stunt man with a real knife while filming the episode.

While spending a night with Dexter, Miguel introduces him to former football player Billy Fleeter (Jeff Chase), a debt enforcer who kills other gamblers to pay off his own debts. Dexter is initially hesitant when Miguel suggests that Dexter teach him how to murder Fleeter, but the two go to a casino where Dexter tries to explain his deceased father Harry's (James Remar) "code" to Miguel. They later break into Fleeter's house and, although they find the murder weapon, Dexter says that they need evidence proving that Fleeter has the incentive to kill again. Dexter finds a ledger recording each of Fleeter's bets and he returns with Miguel to the casino where they prepare an unused storeroom for the murder. They arrange to kill Fleeter that night, but somebody recognizes Miguel in the casino and Dexter calls off the plan. Dexter is angered when Miguel criticizes Harry's code, but he agrees to go ahead with Fleeter's murder. They drug Fleeter and take him to the casino storeroom. Miguel stabs and kills Fleeter, telling Dexter afterwards that he feels "fantastic". While cleaning up the crime scene, Dexter has a vision in which his father tells him that sharing the code was a mistake and that Dexter is now responsible for Miguel's actions.

Debra finds a bag of marijuana hidden in a cereal box in Anton's apartment and asks her partner Det. Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) about Anton's previous charges for drug possession. Quinn tells her vaguely that it can be found on file, but when she asks Anton for his informant number, he tells her that he has none. She discovers that he had been working for Quinn unofficially and that he is not legally obligated to disclose any information to the police. After she tells him that he no longer has to work as an informant due to a "clerical error" in the filing of his report, he disappears. Debra and Quinn continue to work on the case of serial killer "The Skinner". Believing that The Skinner may be a tree-trimmer, they bring in a number of them for questioning; one contractor, George King (Jesse Borrego), tells Debra about one of his suspicious workers, Mario (Jerry Zatarain). When Mario tries to run from them, Debra and Quinn arrest him and he pleads to be sent back to Nicaragua at the mention of King's name. Debra later visits Anton's apartment and realizes that he has been taken by The Skinner, who recently trimmed the trees.

Dexter's fiancée Rita Bennett (Julie Benz) is unusually temperamental due to her pregnancy hormones. She complains to Miguel's wife Syl (Valerie Cruz) that Dexter refuses to help with the organization of their upcoming wedding. Despite having told Dexter that she did not want an engagement ring, Debra and Dexter choose a ring for Rita, and she apologizes for her behavior.

Defense attorney Ellen Wolf (Anne Ramsay) tells her friend Lt. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) that she thinks that Miguel is going out of his way to make her job harder. At the end of the episode, after killing Fleeter, Miguel makes an unannounced visit to Ellen's house.

Filming one take of the scene in which Miguel kills Fleeter, Smits accidentally picked up a real knife in instead of a prop knife and stabbed Jeff Chase in the chest. Though he was not wearing "a metal breastplate like a lot of actors do in a scene like that", Chase had a piece of plastic "the size of a Post-it note" over his heart which was struck by the knife. He was unable to stop Smits when he picked up the knife as he was bound in Saran wrap and had his mouth shut with duct tape for the scene. Chase said that in rehearsals Smits had missed the plastic with the prop knife "eight out of ten times".

Overall, the episode was received well by critics. Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger thought that "The Damage a Man Can Do" had "some major foundational problems", but he said that both Michael C. Hall and Jimmy Smits' performances were "wonderful". Paste magazine's Jeffrey Bloomer likened the episode simply to pulp and felt that Dexter's voice overs lacked their usual "dry, dark humor and gonzo wisdom". IGN critic Matt Fowler believed that Dexter and Miguel's conversations contained "traces of overly awkward dialogue all over" and that the pairings of Debra and Quinn, and LaGuerta and Ellen were "forced" while Miguel's desire to kill seemed "unnatural". Writing for TV Guide, Paula Paige said that her favorite part of the episode was Dexter's spinning Fleeter on the table like a roulette wheel and also she enjoyed Rita's storyline, calling her a "hormonal hoot". TV Squad's Debra McDuffee thought that Angel and Barbara's romance was "painfully awkward" to watch and Rita's storyline was "lame and stereotypical". The A.V. Club's Scott Tobias believed the episode to be "awesome" and said that he was "more anxious than usual to see what Dexter was up to, and equally anxious to get away from the peripheral dramas". BuddyTV critic John Kubicek named "The Damage a Man Can Do" the 64th best television episode of 2008.

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