Jimmy Smits Ethnicity

By | December 21, 2016

The senior citizen actor Jimmy Smits was born in Brooklyn, NYC however his father was Dutch and Mother was Puerto Rican. His divorced from first wife and living with partner name Wanda De Jesus . 61 years old, Jimmy Smits is a well-known Actor who is famous for his roles as detective in NYPD Blue and attorney in L.A Law.

Jimmy Smits Ethnicity

Name Jimmy Smits
Date of Birth July 9, 1955
Occupation Acting
Parents Cornelius Smits and Emilina Smits
Sibling Diana Smits and Yvonne Smits
Ethnicity Dutch and Puerto Rican
Nationality American
Height 1.91 m / 6.3 feet
Weight 96 kg
Sun Sign Cancer

Born and brought up in Brooklyn in New York, Smits belonged to a working middle class family. Smits have two sisters named Diana and Yvonne. He attended the “Thomas Jefferson High school” and later completed his graduation from Brooklyn College. He was into sports and athletics during childhood. Smits married his childhood friend Barbara Smits but their marriage only lasted for 7 years. From the marriage, he has two children. He was then in live in relationship with actress Wanda de Jesus.

Ethnicity and Religion

Jimmy’s father Cornelis Leedent hailed from Suriname and belonged to Dutch ancestry. His mother Emilina was from Puerto Rica belonging to Puerto Rican ancestry. He belonged to a family who was strict and ardent follower of Roman Catholic.


Smits acting journey started in the year 1984 where he got to appear in a short TV series as a cameo “Miami Vice”. In 1986, he got the opportunity to play a role of attorney in recurring seasons of legal drama show called L.A. Law. But Smits is widely known because of his detective role in NYPD Blue. For the same role, he got various nominations and won ALMA award two times. Smits is a regular in Star wars Series and featured in its game adaptation as well. Other TV shows Smits appeared were, “The West Wing”, “Dexter”, and “Cane”.

It was announced recently in 2016 that Smits Jimmy would appear in a musical drama titled “The Get down” which would debut on Netflix.

Jimmy has always believed in community wok and has done various charity works too. He helped in founding National Hispanic Foundation for Arts, made donations for NGOs like Red Cross, Stand Up to cancer and to HIV and AIDS patients for their treatments.

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