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UPI almanac for Monday, July 9, 2007.

'Jericho' gone, 'Moonlight' rises on CBS

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- The post-nuclear survival drama "Jericho" has been nuked by CBS, the network said when announcing its fall line-up in New York.

'Book Club' film garners new members

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Three more actors have joined the cast of a Hollywood adaptation of the Karen Joy Fowler novel, "The Jane Austen Book Club."

Cast of 'The Jane Austin Book Club'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Writer/director Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club" has seen a fair amount of cast addition, including two well-known U.S. television stars.

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Today is Sunday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for July 3-9, 2006.
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Perez helms doc about Puerto Rican history

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Rosie Perez says she made her new documentary, "Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas," to educate people about Puerto Rico's seldom-discussed history.

Smits reflects on 'West Wing' experience

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Actor Jimmy Smits says he enjoyed his recent stint on "The West Wing," but wishes NBC handled the show's scheduling better.

Jon Bon Jovi wings 'West'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi has been tapped for a role on NBC's "The West Wing" that has more than a cowbell of truth to it.

'West Wing' must carry on without Leo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The sudden death of actor John Spencer has thrown the entire season of NBC's "The West Wing" into disarray.

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Today is Saturday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.
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Josh Malina unsure of 'West Wing' future

CINCINNATI, May 15 (UPI) -- Josh Malina tells the Cincinnati Enquirer he is unsure of his future in the fictional White House of "The West Wing."

Smits, Alda to return to 'The West Wing'

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda are reportedly expected to return for the seventh season of "The West Wing," NBC's popular White House drama.

NBC close to renewing 'West Wing'

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- NBC is close to a deal to bring "The West Wing" back for at least one more season, Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

Jude Law People mag's sexiest man

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- People magazine has named Jude Law, who has starred in six films this year, as its 2004 Sexiest Man Alive.
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Jimmy Smits
Actor Jimmy Smits speaks at a campaign rally for democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama at Oceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on October 29, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor. Smits is perhaps best known for his roles as attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, as NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the 1990s police drama NYPD Blue, and as U.S. Congressman (and later President of the United States) Matt Santos on The West Wing. He is also notable for his portrayal of Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Miguel Prado in Dexter. In the fall of 2010, he starred in NBC's short-lived series Outlaw, about a U.S. Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to return to practicing law.

Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Cornelius Smits, was a Surinamese immigrant of Dutch descent who managed a screen-printing factory. His mother, Emilina, was a Puerto Rican who worked as a nurse. Smits was raised in a strict devout Roman Catholic family. "Jimmy" is actually the name on his birth certificate, rather than "Jim" or "James." He has two sisters, Yvonne and Diana. He grew up in a working-class neighborhood and spent time in Puerto Rico during his childhood. Smits earned a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1980 and an MFA from Cornell University in 1982. Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and frequently visits the island. In 2001, he was arrested for his participation in protests against U.S. Navy bombing practices on the Puerto Rican offshore island of Vieques.

A notable early role played by Smits was that of Eddie Rivera in the series premiere of Miami Vice. In the episode, he was Sonny Crockett's original partner, only to be shortly killed off in a sting gone wrong. He played Victor Sifuentes in the first five seasons of the long-running legal drama L.A. Law.

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