Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is a Puerto Rican-American actor, perhaps best known for his long-running roles on the TV series L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. He achieved a M.F.A. from Cornell University in 1982.
Smits has received various nominations for the Golden Globe and the Emmy Awards. Bigger audiences became aware of Smits for his appearance as Senator Bail Organa in the Star Wars Episodes II and III.
Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and he frequently visits the island.
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Though born in New York, Smits has deep Puerto Rican roots and he frequently
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He achieved a M.F.A. He lives with his wife and two step-sons in Los Angeles, California. Law and NYPD Blue. Wheaton married Anne Prince in 1999. Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is a Puerto Rican-American actor, perhaps best known for his long-running roles on the TV series L.A. Wil has a monthly column "Wil Save" in the Dungeons and Dragons based magazine Dungeon, where he relates anecdotal tales of his life in relation to the famous fantasy RPG. O'Reilly acquired Dancing Barefoot, and published Wheaton's extended memoirs, Just A Geek in summer of 2004.
Wheaton sold out three printings in four months, and in the winter 2003, the book's success caught the eye of publisher Tim O'Reilly, who signed Wheaton to a three book contract. Most of the entries are extended versions of his online blog entries. In the spring of 2003, Wheaton founded the independent publishing company Monolith Press and released a book of his memoirs, entitled Dancing Barefoot. His work as a voice actor can be found in such diverse places as the Disney animated film "Brother Bear", as Aqualad of the cartoon "Teen Titans" and, most recently, as the voice of radio newsman Richard Burns in the smash hit video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," latest in Rockstar Entertainment's GTA series.
Wil also contributes regularly to the Los Angeles based Metroblogging site. He is a frequent poster at Slashdot and Fark, and is heavily involved with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, promoting free speech and privacy issues. The majority of his present popularity comes from this web site, the books it has spawned, and from fans who admire his earlier work. Although his character (and by extension Wil himself) was loudly hated by a small but vocal group of Trekkers (see Usenet group alt.ensign.wesley.die.die.die or alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die) during TNG's first run, Wheaton has emerged as a vocal member of the geek / nerd community and runs his own weblog web site, Wil Wheaton Dot Net.
He has a travelling sketch comedy/improv troupe called "EarnestBorg9" that performs Sci-Fi and geek-related comedy at conventions. He was also a contestant on a Star Trek themed episode of The Weakest Link, and performs improvisational and sketch comedy at the ACME Comedy theater in Hollywood. He also received the Best Actor award at the 2002 Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his performance in Jane White Is Sick And Twisted. he has proved himself to be a gifted performer, although is somewhat unlucky. Several of his independent films have won awards: The Good Things, in which Wheaton portrays a frustrated Kansas tollbooth worker, was selected Best Short Film at the 2002 Deauville Film Festival.
Like many actors attempting to revitalize their careers, he has as of the late 1990s embraced independent film with various appearances. As he left TNG during the middle of its television run, and as three other Trek series have come since, Wheaton eventually faded from the convention scene as well, replaced by more popular actors/characters. However, barring teen work in the 1980s and Stand By Me, he has done little else of note in the way of performing. During his youth, he was a prominently featured guest at Star Trek conventions and very popular in teen magazines.
Like many talented actors who were popular from their work in the Star Trek franchise, much of Wheaton's career has been limited to Trek-oriented appearances. He is best known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gordie LaChance in the film Stand By Me. Richard William (Wil) Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is a former child actor, now a writer and father. Just A Geek (ISBN 059600768X) (2004).
Dancing Barefoot (ISBN 0596006748) (2003). A Long Way Home (1981) (TV). The Secret of NIMH (1982). The Shooting (1982) (TV).
Hambone and Hillie (1984). The Last Starfighter (1984) (scenes deleted from film but included as DVD extra). The Buddy System (1984). The Defiant Ones (1986) (TV).
Long Time Gone (1986) (TV). Stand By Me (1986). Young Harry Houdini (1987) (TV). The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987) (TV).
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Encounter at Farpoint (1987) (TNG pilot episode). The Curse (1987/I). Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (TV). She's Having a Baby (1988).
Can He? (1989) (TV). My Father Can't Be Crazy.. Toy Soldiers (1991). The Last Prostitute (1991) (TV).
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (1991) (TV). December (1991). The Liars' Club (1993). It Was Him or Us (1995) (TV).
Stitch (1995) (TV). Mr. "Lifestories: Families In Crisis" (1995). Pie in the Sky (1996).
Boys Night Out (1996). Trekkies (1997). Flubber (1997). Tales of Glamour and Excess (1997).
The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998) (TV). Fag Hag (1998). Foreign Correspondents (1999). The Girls' Room (2000).
Deep Core (2000). Python (2000). Speechless... (2001). Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2001).
The Good Things (2001). Fish Don't Blink (2001). Arena (2002) (TV). Four Fingers of the Dragon (2002).
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (scene deleted but appears as DVD extra). Book of Days (2003) (TV). Neverland (2003).