Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits 2
Character Neron 'Nero' Padilla
Birthday July 9, 1955
Birth Place Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Gender Male
Hair Black
Ethnicity Hispanic-American
Appearances Neron 'Nero' Padilla - List of Appearances

Jimmy Smits is an American actor who portrays Nero Padilla in FX's Sons of Anarchy.


Smits was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Cornelius Smits, is Surinamese while his mother, Emilina, is Puerto Rican. Smits identifies himself as Puerto Rican, and was raised in a strict devout Roman Catholic family. "Jimmy" is 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.

Selected FilmographyEdit

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones as Senator Bail Organa
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as Senator Bail Organa
  • Star Wars: Rogue One as Senator Bail Organa
  • NYPD Blue as Detective Bobby Simone
  • L.A. Law as Victor Sifuentes
  • Dexter as Miguel Prado
  • Cane as Alex Vega
  • The West Wing as Matthew Santos
  • Switch as Walter Stone



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