Birth Name: Jimmy Smits
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born on July 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, Smits was raised by his father, Cornelis, a Surinamese immigrant and plant manager, and his mother, Emelina, a nurse. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to his mother's home country, Puerto Rico, for a short time before moving back to New York. Always a ham while growing up, he parlayed his talent for impersonation into acting in stage productions at George Gershwin Junior High School. He continued acting while at Thomas Jefferson High School, and even quit playing linebacker for the football team to concentrate on his theatrical ambitions. Smits later attended Brooklyn College, where he switched majors from education to theater while maintaining...
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