|Character||Neron 'Nero' Padilla|
|Birthday||July 9, 1955|
|Birth Place||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Appearances||Neron 'Nero' Padilla - List of Appearances|
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.
- Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones as Senator Bail Organa
- Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 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
- Jimmy Smits is one of the many actors from the TV series Dexter to have a role in Sons of Anarchy. The others are: Kenny Johnson, Billy Brown, Peter Weller, Douglas Bennett, Glenn Plummer, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Olivia Burnette, Brad Carter, Josh Wingate & Al Vicente.