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Jimmy Smits in an Emmy-award winning actor of Puerto Rican and Dutch descent. He starred in the Steven Bochco television dramas "L.A. Law" and "N.Y.P.D. Blue."
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While working on N.Y.P.D. Blue, Smits attracted further attention with a lead role in the Latino film Mi Familia (1995),
alongside Edward James Olmos.
Smits continued to pursue film roles, appearing in the thriller The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), which paired him with Mel Gibson, Milla Jovovich, and Gloria Stewart. Despite an impressive cast, the film, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, failed to attract a wide audience in America. Later that year, he headlined the boxing drama Price of Glory and the supernatural thriller Bless the Child, opposite Kim Basinger. Smits also appeared in the final two Star Wars films - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Smits also made a brief return to television in 2004. He appeared as congressman and presidential hopeful Matthew Santos on the critically acclaimed The West Wing until it was canceled after the 2005-2006 season.
On a personal level, Smits remains passionately committed to the Latino community. Along with comedian Paul Rodriguez and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, he has invested in The Conga Room, a Los Angeles dance club which serves as a vehicle for Latino music. Smits has also founded The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, an organization that promotes Hispanic talent in the performing arts.
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