Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

Smits in 2003, photo by Prphotos

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

Date of Birth: July 9, 1955

*father – Dutch-Surinamese
*mother – Puerto Rican

Jimmy Smits is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the series L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, and The West Wing, among many others in both television and film.

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

Jimmy has two children with his former wife Barbara Smits.

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was named Hendrik Smits.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was named Henriette Wilson.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Joaquín Pola y Orenzo/Orengo (the son of Martes/Marle/Marlo Pola and Juana Orengo).

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was 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


Curious about ethnicity

16 Responses

  1. noonedropclowns says:

    It’s cool that somebody represents Suriname in the world a celebrity because almost nobody does. He has had work done on his nose but it’s great work and so has every other celebrity.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    Was Henriette Wilson wasn’t of Dutch/Dutch-Surinamese background, right?

  3. dlxzvs says:

    correction ethnicity father should be dutch-surinamese

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