Jimmy Smits

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"The interesting thing about the experience was that, even though I was a fan of the films, I found that there were a lot of people who were true aficionados, who knew everything down to the most minute detail. When I mentioned to some people that I was playing this character, they rattled off who Bail Organa is and who he is related to and the history of each of those people. I had to go to the Star Wars Encyclopedia to figure it all out."
―Jimmy Smits[src]

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) played Senator Bail Organa in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He reprised his role in The Force Unleashed video game.[1]


Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Cornelius Smits, is a Surinamese immigrant of Dutch descent and his mother, Emilina, a Puerto Rican. He also has two sisters named Yvonne and Diana. Smits earned a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and a Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1982.[2]

Smits is well-known for his American TV work in the popular shows L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Dexter, and Sons of Anarchy.

Theatrically, Smits acted in several performances at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York. His credits at the Hangar include the 1982 productions of Cabaret and Loose Ends. Smits also played the roles of Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night in 2002 and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 2004 for the New York Shakespeare Festival, now known as the Public Theater. From November 2009 to February 2010, he played in the Broadway play, God of Carnage, and from December 2012 to March 2013, in The Motherfucker with the Hat at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

In 1996, Smits won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama for his role in the TV series NYPD Blues. He was nominated again twice in 1997 and 1999.

In 2009, Smits appeared with Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu) in Rodrigo García's drama film Mother and Child.


Year Title Role Other notes
2012-2014 Sons of Anarchy Neron 'Nero' Padilla TV series
2010 Outlaw Cyrus Garza TV series
2009 Mother and Child Paco
2009 El traspatio Mickey Santos
2008 Dexter Miguel Prado TV series
2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Bail Organa Video game (voice)
2007 Cane Alex Vega TV series
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Daniel
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Bail Organa
2005 Lackawanna Blues Ruben Santiago Sr. TV movie
2004-2006 The West Wing Matthew Santos TV series
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Bail Organa
2000 Bless the Child Agent John Travis
2000 Price of Glory Arturo Ortega
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Geronimo
1997 Lesser Prophets Mike
1997 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special Old King Cole TV movie
1997 Murder in Mind Peter Walker
1996 Marshal Law Jack Coleman TV movie
1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Old King Cole & Prince Felipe TV series
1995 The Last Word Actor (Martin)
1995 My Family Jimmy Sánchez
1995 Solomon & Sheba King Solomon TV movie
1994-2004 NYPD Blue Det. Bobby Simone TV series
1994 The Cisco Kid Cisco Kid TV movie
1993 Gross Misconduct Justin Thorne
1993 The Tommyknockers Jim 'Gard' Gardner TV miniseries
1992 The Broken Cord David Norwell TV movie
1991 Fires Within Nestor
1991 Switch Walter Stone
1990 Cop Rock Victor Sifuentes TV series (uncredited)
1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse Your authorized conky repairman TV series
1990 Vital Signs Dr. David Redding
1989 Old Gringo Gen. Tomas Arroyo
1988 Glitz Vincent Marra TV movie
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Victor Sifuentes TV movie
1987 Stamp of a Killer Richard Braden TV movie
1987 The Highwayman Bo Ziker TV series
1987 The Believers Tom Lopez
1987 Hotshot Stars Team Member
1986-1992 L.A. Law Victor Sifuentes TV series
1986 Running Scared Julio Gonzales
1986 Spenser: For Hire Hector Valdes TV series
1986 Rockabye 2nd Policeman TV movie
1984 Miami Vice Eddie Rivera TV series


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Jimmy Smitts In The Force Unleashed!. (May 20, 2008). Retrieved on May 27, 2013.
  2. Latino Actor Encourages Students to Stay in School. Latino Education Magazine (December 3, 2013). Retrieved on June 28, 2014.

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