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Jimmy Smits received six consecutive Emmy® nominations for his role of Victor Sifuentes on LA Law, winning the Emmy in 1990, and four Emmy nominations for his role as Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue. He has also received a Golden Globe and two nominations and four SAG Award nominations for his performance on the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning drama.

Smits' film career includes Gregory Nava's My Family, Mi Familia, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award nomination. He recently completed work on Wim Wenders' Million Dollar Hotel, along side Mel Gibson, Milla Jovovich and Jeremy Davis, as well as a co-starring role in Chuck Russell's Bless the Child with Kim Basinger, due this fall. Other films include Running Scared, The Believers, Old Gringo, Vital Signs and Switch.

His television credits also include the ABC miniseries Steven King's The Tommyknockers, the award-winning ABC movie The Broken Cord, Glitz, Dangerous Affection, the original Showtime movies Marshall Law and Solomon and Sheba and The Cisco Kid, also produced by Esparza/Katz, for TNT.

Having earned an MFA from Cornell University, Smits has also worked off-Broadway in several productions and with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. Under Papp's direction, he appeared in Hamlet and later in the Public's production of Michael Weller's Ballad of Soapy Smith. He also co-starred with Linda Hunt in Little Victories at the American Place Theater as well as appearing regionally at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and at the Center Stage in Baltimore. In 1993 Smits completed a three-month run in Los Angeles of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden at the Mark Taper Forum.

A native of Brooklyn and a second generation American, Smits traces his Hispanic roots to Puerto Rico on his mother's side and to Surinam, South America on his father's. His family moved several times during his childhood and he spent his early adolescence in Puerto Rico, where he learned to speak Spanish.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)