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Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor.

On television, he is best known for playing attorney Victor Sifuentes on The '80s legal drama L.A. Law, NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the acclaimed police drama NYPD Blue, Matt Santos on the Aaron Sorkin's revered serial political drama The West Wing, ADA Miguel Prado in Dexter, and Nero Padilla in Sons of Anarchy.

On the big screen, he is best known for his role as Bail Organa (Princess Leia's stepfather) in Star Wars.







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  • Plays Great Ethnics: He is of Surinamese and Puerto Rican descent, and his Ambiguously Brown appearance has allowed him to play several characters with varying backgrounds.
  • Shakespearian Actors: He has appeared on Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night and Much A Do About Nothing and is a noteworthy actor (both stage and screen) in his home country.
  • Star-Making Role: After being a noteworthy actor for a decade, Smits' breakout role came when he played Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue from 1994 to 1998 (and returned in 2004). This role won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Television Drama 1996 and earned him several other award nominations.
  • Typecasting: He frequently finds himself (and is best known for) playing government officials; this includes having played a presidential candidate twice.


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