Jimmy Smits, ALMA Award Winner

On May 6, 2006, Hispanic American Jimmy Smits won the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Award for outstanding actor in the television series, “The West Wing”.  ALMA honors programming that shows positive images of Latinos in the arts. In “The West Wing”, Smits played the role of Congressman Mike Santos, who ran for President in the series. In the 1980s, Smits was one of the first actors playing a positive image of a Hispanic character on a prime time television network.  Smits portrayed committed, principled Victor Sifuentes in the Emmy-winning NBC drama LA Law. Smits helped found the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. 

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