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Jimmy Smits

Smits

Miami Vice Character
Metro-Dade Detective Eddie Rivera ("Brother's Keeper")
Born
July 9, 1955, Brooklyn, New York
Active
1984-present
Spouse/Children
Barbara Smits (1981-87), two children


Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor and producer, who made his acting debut in the show Miami Vice as Metro-Dade Detective Eddie Rivera, Crockett's partner who was killed by a car bomb planted by the drug lord Calderone in the episode "Brother's Keeper".

CareerEdit

Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Cornell with a MFA, he began his acting career on Vice'. His first series role was as attorney Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law, a role he played for six seasons (1986-91). then appeared for four seasons (1994-98) as Detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, two seasons (2004-06) as Congressman (later President) Matthew Santos on The West Wing, and as a Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to return to private practice in the 2010 series Outlaw. He also appeared in the series Dexter and Cane (with Rita Moreno, which he also served as executive producer), in numerous TV movies, the Saturday morning show Pee Wee's Playhouse, and guest hosted Saturday Night Live (with Chris Rock) in 1990. Smits was nominated for 12 Emmys, six for L.A. Law (won one, in 1990), five for NYPD Blue, and one for Dexter.

His movie career began in 1986 in the movie Running Scared (with Dan Hedaya), later as Senator Bail Organa (Princess Leia's adoptive father) in the Star Wars prequel movies Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (as well as two video games based on Star Wars), and his most recent film, 2008's Mother and Child (with Annette Bening and Elpidia Carrillo).

Personal LifeEdit

Smits has two sisters. He was married to his wife Barbara from 1981 until their divorce in 1987, they have two children; Taina (born 1973) and Joaquin (born 1983), before his marriage ended Smits became involved with actress Wanda DeJesus (CSI: Miami, Santa Barbara) and they have been together since 1986.

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