Jimmy Smits

by ethnic on February 18, 2008

Jimmy Smits

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1955

*Dutch (father)
*Puerto Rican (mother)

Jimmy Smits is an American actor. He is famous for his roles on the series NYPD Blue and L.A. Law.

His father, Cornelis Leendert Smits, was Surinamese, from Paramaribo, Suriname, and was of Dutch ancestry. His mother, Emelina Pola y Bermúdez, was Puerto Rican, born in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico.

Jimmy’s paternal grandparents were Hendrik Smits and Henriette Wilson.

Jimmy’s maternal grandparents were Joaquín Pola y Orenzo/Orengo (the son of Martes/Marle/Marlo Pola and Juana Orengo) and Tomasa Bermúdez y Rivera (the daughter of José Ramon Bermúdez y Rodriguez and Maria Paz Rivera y Hernandez).

Sources: Obituary of Jimmy’s father – http://marineparkfh.com

Obituary of Jimmy’s mother – http://marineparkfh.com

Photo by Prphotos

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 12:33 am

Thought he was Maori

Virulent November 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

looks Polynesian indeed

bleachsoda April 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

he gets his polynesianish looks from his surinamese side they have ethnic groups from indonesian islands

Lil Vacha May 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

Hey ethnic, can u submit my other old posts? Thanks.! =]

ava May 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

he’s so cute for a man in his 50s

ethnic April 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm

post edited thanks


mzpreciousz April 18, 2009 at 2:16 am

He’s just Dutch and Puerto Rican…..

_collie_ August 2, 2011 at 5:06 am

No surinamese of dutch descent.

Midnight August 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hey, i heard he was Native American of either Columbian or some other Soth American Country I can’t remember. (sorry) I know he’s part Native though.

--0 August 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

you aRE probally right, he looks like a arowak indian.
I am native surinamese, so i would know xd.

marjanel October 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Well Surinam is in South America

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