Happy Birthday to Jimmy Smits 1955

Happy Birthday to the talented Jimmy Smits, born on July 9, 1955 in New York City.  His mother was Puerto Rican and his father was Surinamese (check your map, that country is located in South America).   Smits grew up in Brooklyn, though he spent a few years in Puerto Rico as a child.  The Emmy award winning actor has starred in a number of enormously popular TV series, including LA Law, NYPD Blue, and West Wing.  The former teacher graduated with a BA in Education from Brooklyn College and later earned an MA from Cornell University in Theater Arts.  Smits is a co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, which is dedicated to advancing opportunities for Latinos in the entertainment industry.  (Image from HispanicArts.org)

Feliz cumpleaños al talentoso Jimmy Smits, nacido el 9 de julio de 1955 en la ciudad de Nueva York. Su madre era puertorriqueña y su padre era surinamés (mira tu mapa, ese país se encuentra en América del Sur). Smits creció en Brooklyn, aunque pasó algunos años en Puerto Rico cuando era niño. El actor ganador del premio Emmy ha protagonizado varias series de televisión enormemente populares, incluidas LA Law, NYPD Blue y West Wing. La ex maestra se graduó con una licenciatura en educación de Brooklyn College y luego obtuvo una maestría en artes teatrales de la Universidad de Cornell. Smits es cofundador de la National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, que se dedica a promover oportunidades para los latinos en la industria del entretenimiento. (Imagen de HispanicArts.org)