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Jimmy Smits as President Matt Santos on The West Wing.
Jimmy Smits as President Matt Santos on The West Wing.

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor of Surinamese and Puerto Rican descent, perhaps best known for his long-running roles on the TV series L.A. Law and NYPD Blue as well as his recent role on The West Wing and for the role of Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan who becomes Princess Leia's adoptive father, in the Star Wars films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Actor Jimmy Smits as Democratic Presidential Nominee Matt Santos on NBCs The West Wing. Photo by NBC. This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Actor Jimmy Smits as Democratic Presidential Nominee Matt Santos on NBCs The West Wing. Photo by NBC. This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... The West Wing (1999–2006) is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The L.A. Law opening title featured a personalized license plate mounted on a Jaguar. ... Dennis Franz and David Caruso on the NYPD Blue first season DVD cover NYPD Blue was a long-running American television police drama set in New York City. ... The West Wing (1999–2006) is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin. ... His Royal Highness, Prince Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan (69 BBY - 0 ABY) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, the Viceroy and Prince of Alderaan, the husband of Queen Breha Organa, and a noted statesman of the late Republic and early Imperial eras. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, Alderaan is the home of Princess Leia, Bail Organa and also, in 4000 BBY, Ulic Qel Droma who fought in the Great Sith War. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ...


He earned his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and an M.F.A. from Cornell University in 1982. Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and frequently visits the island. He participated in protests against U.S. Navy bombing practices in the Puerto Rican offshore island of Vieques. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York. ... MFA is an abbreviation, initialism or acronym for: Master of Fine Arts (most notable usage) Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malta Football Association [1] Music for America [2] Managed Funds Association Multi Fibre Arrangement This is a disambiguation page — a... This is about the university. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 141,205 km²  (54,520 sq. ... Vieques is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. ...


Smits has received various nominations for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, and he won an Emmy in 1990. A wider audience became aware of Smits for his appearance as Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan who becomes Princess Leia's adoptive father, in the Star Wars films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... An Emmy Award. ... His Royal Highness, Prince Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan (69 BBY - 0 ABY) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, the Viceroy and Prince of Alderaan, the husband of Queen Breha Organa, and a noted statesman of the late Republic and early Imperial eras. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, Alderaan is the home of Princess Leia, Bail Organa and also, in 4000 BBY, Ulic Qel Droma who fought in the Great Sith War. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ...

He currently plays the role of Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas in the American television drama The West Wing. Santos is currently the President Elect after winning the fictional presidential election that took place during the April 9, 2006 episode, in which his running mate, vice presidential nominee Leo McGarry dies, mirroring the recent death of the actor who portrayed him, John Spencer. He defeated liberal Republican Senator Arnold Vinick of California (played by Alan Alda). Because of the show's traditionally liberal leanings, many fans had speculated that Santos would win the contest, though the producers of the series insisted that they had not decided early on who would win, and in fact reported to The New York Times that until Spencer's death, they had planned on electing Vinick. Smits is one of only two actors (along with Matthew Perry) to have starred on the show as a fictional character, and also be mentioned by his real name onscreen. This work is copyrighted. ... The chamber of the United States House of Representatives is located in the south wing of the Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.. This photograph shows a rare glimpse of the four vote tallying boards (the blackish squares across the top), which display each members name and vote as... Matthew Vincente Santos is a fictional character on the American television show The West Wing, played by Jimmy Smits. ... Nickname: Space City Official website: www. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq. ... The West Wing (1999–2006) is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin. ... A President-elect is a candidate who has officially been elected President, but who has not yet acceded to his office, as it is still occupied by the Outgoing president. ... The West Wing title screen The U.S. presidential election of 2006 is a fictional event portrayed during the sixth and seventh seasons on the American television show The West Wing. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... John Spencer can refer to different people: John Spencer is an American actor in series such as L.A. Law and The West Wing. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph DAbruzzo on January 28, 1936) is an Oscar-nominated American actor, writer, director and sometimes political activist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


See also

list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

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Jimmy Smits - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (503 words)
Smits was born to a Surinamese father and a Puerto Rican mother.
Smits played the role of Congressman Matt Santos of Houston, Texas in the final two seasons of the American television drama The West Wing.
Smits was married to Barbara Smits from 1981 until their divorce in 1987.
Jimmy Smits is still a big man on campus (826 words)
Jimmy Smits, MFA '82, left, meets with admirers and students, faculty and staff from the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance, Dec. 1, including, from left, sophomore theatre major Rachel Donn; sophomore Kristina Klimovich; and junior film major Jana Wilson, in the Black Box Theatre of the Center for Theatre Arts.
Smits also described his Cornell years as a traumatic passage: He was a father, married at the time, and living in university housing with his wife and young daughter.
Smits nailed the audition and the part of Victor Sifuentes, Esq., his first major TV role, for which he garnered an Emmy in 1990.
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