NBC, Macy's renew parade deal

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- NBC and Macy's have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC through 2010, the network announced Wednesday.

Jimmy Smits finds fault with TV promos

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Jimmy Smits reportedly is disappointed with how ABC and NBC handled his appearances on "NYPD Blue" and "West Wing," saying the networks overstated his roles.

Kim Delaney heads for 'The O.C.'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Emmy-award winning actress Kim Delaney will have a recurring role on the Fox series "The O.C.," Daily Variety said Wednesday.

'West Wing' presidential race up for grabs

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- No decision has been made about whether Alan Alda or Jimmy Smits wins the fictitious presidential race on NBC's "West Wing," the series' producer said.

Dodgers pitcher Lima sings too

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima revealed a talent for singing at Los Angeles' Conga Room recently, doing a 30-minute set of salsa and meringue tunes.

Jimmy Smits in production deal with ABC

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Jimmy Smits has agreed to a deal to develop and star in a Touchstone Television series on ABC, Daily Variety said Monday.

Alan Alda joins 'West Wing' cast

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Alan Alda will join the cast of "The West Wing" this season, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 9, the 191st day of 2004 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

Smits to star in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Jimmy Smits and Kirsten Johnston have signed on to play bickering lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a New York production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

'Anna in the Tropics,' closes short run

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Anna in the Tropics," closed Sunday after a three-month Broadway run.

Private eye pilots dominating

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Private investigators are making a comeback as U.S. networks place several detective dramas on the schedule for next fall.

Feature: Pulitzer Prize drama on Broadway

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- It's unusual for a play to open on Broadway already having won the Pulitzer Prize, but "Anna in the Tropics" in a belated production at the Royale Theater starring Jimmy Smits proves that the prize jury made a selection truly worthy of the honor it bestow

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2003 with 175 to follow.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Guitarist Mundell Lowe was born this day in 1922 in Laurel, Miss. He grew up playing traditional music around New Orleans and country music in Nashville in the late 1930s.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Hispanidad: Mexico film perspective odd

I've always taken pride in being of Mexican descent, but rarely has the country of my family's origin seemed as alien as it does now in the aftermath of two U.S
GREGORY TEJEDA, United Press International
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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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