A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of Emmy-winning actor Jimmy Smits will be unveiled Wednesday in a virtual ceremony, one day before the premiere of his latest film, “In The Heights” .
Lin-Manuel Miranda, a producer of “In The Heights,” based on the Broadway musical he co-wrote, and Paris Barclay, who directed episodes of ABC’s groundbreaking crime drama, will join Smits to speak at the ceremony. NYPD Blue “in which Smits starred, including his latest.
The ceremony will be broadcast on all Hollywood Chamber of Commercesocial media platforms. There will be no public ceremony.
The star at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., near Gower Street, is the 2,696th since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.
Born July 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, Smits graduated from Brooklyn College in 1980 and graduated from Cornell University in 1982. He made his television debut in a 1983 episode of the daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope” and his first -Debut in the pilot of “Miami Vice,” describing Detective Sonny Crockett’s partner (Don Johnson) who was killed by a car bomb within the first five minutes of the episode.
Smits’ first role in the series was as attorney Victor Sifuentes in the NBC legal drama “LA Law,” which earned him the supporting actor in a drama series, Emmy nominations in each of his six. seasons in the series and his only victory, in 1990.
After leaving “LA Law” in 1992, Smits joined the cast of “NYPD Blue” in 1994, receiving the lead actor in a drama series Emmy nominations for all five seasons he appeared on the series.
Smits has also been a cast member of “The West Wing” for his last two seasons as representative Matt Santos. His other television credits include “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” and “Dexter,” which earned him his most recent Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Guest Actor in One. drama series in 2009.
On the big screen, Smits’ credits include three “Star Wars” movies – “Attack of the Clones”, “Revenge of the Sith” and “Rouge One”; “Old Gringo”; “Switch”; “My family / Mi Familia”; “The Jane Austen Book Club”; and “Mother and child”.
Smits portrayed cab company owner Kevin Rosario in “In The Heights,” which premieres Friday at the TCL Chinese Theater as part of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and hits theaters and begins airing June 11 on HBO Max