Jimmy Smits Quick Facts

Jimmy Smits is a professional actor from United States who first gained international attention after his performance in the American legal drama tv series, L.A. Law. He has been feeding his audiences with awesome performances one after another with no sign of stopping any time soon, we will be seeing more of his breakthrough performances in coming years.

Quick Infos
Full NameJimmy L. Smits
Date of birthJuly 9, 1955
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, United States
Parent(s)Cornelis Leendert Smits
Emilia Smits
SpouseBarbara Smits (Divorced)
PartnerWanda De Jesus (Present)
Age65 years
Height6 ft 3 in
Net worthUS $15 million

Jimmy Smits

Bio, Family, and Young

Jimmy Smits was born on 9th July of 1955 in the borough of New York called Brooklyn in the United States. His birth name is Jimmy L. Smits and he is the son of Cornelis Leendert Smits and Emilia Smits. He grew up with his sisters namely Yvonne and Diana Smits in a strict Roman Catholic family.

Smits attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He later graduated from Brooklyn College. He then joined Cornell University finishing his Master of Fine Arts in 1982.


Nationality, Age, Height, and Weight

Jimmy Smits will turn 66 years old in 2021. He has a tall height of 6 feet and 3 inches with a bodyweight of about 96 kg. He possesses black hair and light brown eyes. His chest is 42 inches, his waist of 34 inches, and his biceps of 14 inches. He has an average body build.

Smits belongs to multiracial ethnicity while his nationality is American. His sexual orientation is straight and his zodiac sign is Cancer.


Personal life, Wife, Divorce, Children’s, and Social Media

Smits is a married and settled man and also a proud father of 2 children. He is currently in a relationship with actress, Wanda De Jesus with whom he has been spending his time since 1986. He was previously married to his high school girlfriend, Barbara Wanda De Jesus. They tied their knot in 1980 and she gave birth to their first child, daughter – Taina Smits who is a director, writer, and theatre art teacher in 1975, and their second child- a son Joaquin Smits in 1983. They git divorced in 1987 after 7 years of marriage.

Smits is not a social media user. Jimmy Smits is not open to the public but few things we know about him is that he loves reading books. He is a fan of actor Dennis Franz and actress Kim Delaney. His favorite destination is London and his all-time favorite tv show is Sons of Anarchy and NYPD Blue in which he himself played the major role.

Jimmy Smits

Career: Movies and TV Shows

Jimmy Smits made his film debut in 1986 with the American buddy cop action-comedy film, Running Scared where he played the role of Julio Gonzales. After playing few small roles, he landed his first starring role in 1989 with the romantic adventure film, Old Gringo. He then continued on starring in a number of other films like Vital Signs, Switch, Fires Within, The Cisco Kid, Price of Glory, and others.

In 2002, he landed the role of Senator Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan in the American epic space opera film, Star Wars: Episode II and Star Wars: Episode III in 2005. Jimmy Smits has played a number of small roles in the films like Rogue One, Who We Are Now, The Tax Collector and he will next appear in the film, In the Heights which is scheduled to be released in 2021.

Apart from films, Smits has landed a number of roles in television series and made his career breakthrough with the tv series, L.A. Law in 1986. In 1994, he dropped another main role in the series, NYPD Blue where he portrayed the character of Detective Bobby Simone. He was awarded a number of awards including multiple nominations for his performance in the series. He has appeared in a number of other tv series like Sons of Anarchy alongside Donal Logue and Charlie Hunnam, The get Down, 24: Legacy, Bluff City Law, Dexter, and others. Hopefully, we will be able to see more of his breakthrough performances in the coming years.


Social activities & cases

Jimmy Smits has been active in a number of charity works as well as public service. He has supported non-profit organizations like Cass Community Social Services and Red Cross, Stand up to Cancer and New York Cares making several donations.

In 1987, Smits and his girlfriend were arrested for attacking a police officer at his home. Later, he was fined 150 dollars and 18 months of probation along with his girlfriend, De Jesus.

Jimmy Smits

Achievements, Awards, and Honors

Smits has earned a number of awards and multiple nominations for his performances. He received his first Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1990 for his performance in the American legal drama tv series, L.A. Law. Additionally, he received 5 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, a Golden Globe Awards nomination, and a Viewers for Quality Television Awards nomination all for his performance in the series L.A. Law.

Jimmy Smits received his first Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 1996 and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 1995 after his leading role in NYPD Blue. In 1998, he went on to earning Satellite Awards for NYPD Blue. He then earned ALMA Awards in 2006 for the tv series, The West Wing, and Saturn Awards in 2009 for his role in the series, Dexter. His role in the drama series, Cane and Sons of Anarchy earned him a number of nominations and praises.


Net worth

As of 2021, Jimmy Smits’ net worth is estimated to be about 15 million dollars of which his salary per episode or per his appearance is 150 thousand dollars. As an actor and television producer, he is earning a fortune and he will be making more in the coming years as he is been working on new projects showing no sign of stopping.