|Birthdate:||July 9, 1955|
|Birthplace:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955; age 61) is a Emmy Award-winning American actor who is slated to portray John Donovan in 24: Legacy. Donovan is a U.S. Senator with higher political aspirations married to ex-CTU Director Rebecca Ingram. Smits' casting was announced on February 26, 2016.
In 1986 Smits appeared in L.A. Law, playing the character of Victor Sifuentes, which co-starred Carmen Argenziano, Tim Guinee, Gregg Henry, Jennifer Hetrick, Gregory Itzin, Bernard White, and Ray Wise.
Smits is best known for his starring roles in several long-running TV series. He played Detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue. Actors on the series during Smits' tenure included Andrea Thompson, Michael Reilly Burke, Brad Grunberg, Conor O'Farrell, Peter Onorati, and Tamara Tunie. After Smits's departure from NYPD Blue, he was replaced by Ricky Schroder. He also played Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas, in The West Wing from 2004 to 2006, appearing opposite Ryan Cutrona, Tim Kelleher, J. Patrick McCormack, Dean Norris, Michael O'Neill and Stephen Root.
Smits appeared as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which the character becomes Princess Leia's adoptive father. He reappeared as Bail Organa in the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) and in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
In the third season of Dexter (2008), Smits played the murderous District Attorney Miguel Prado, one of the chief antagonists of the season along with Jesse Borrego's character. Smits was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the role.
In 2012, Smits joined the cast of FX's Sons of Anarchy as Nero Padilla, a high-level pimp who forms a personal and business relationship with the titular motorcycle club. Smits was promoted to a series regular for the final season, which aired in 2014. Other actors with whom Smits worked on the series include series star Tommy Flanagan, Kenneth Choi, Tony Curran, Rey Gallegos, Benito Martinez, Timothy V. Murphy, and Jorge-Luis Pallo.
Smits has been in a long term relationship with actress Wanda De Jesus who appeared with him in Sons of Anarchy as his screen girlfriend.