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 visits the island. In Casablanca, Wilson's acting performance in the role of Sam was dignified, genuine and convincing, and is an important emotional element in the film. Bigger audiences became aware of Smits for his appearance as Senator Bail Organa in the Star Wars Episodes II and III. The only blacks on the Casablanca set, Wilson and Carpenter became and remained friends. Smits has received various nominations for the Golden Globe and the Emmy Awards. Sam's piano playing in the film was actually performed by Elliot Carpenter, who was placed where Wilson could see and imitate his hand movements. from Cornell University in 1982. Wilson was a singer and drummer, but not a pianist.
He achieved a M.F.A. In the film, Wilson as Sam performs several other songs for the cafe audience: It Had To Be You, Shine, and Knock On Wood.. Law and NYPD Blue. If she can stand it, I can! Play it!" This is the line often misquoted as "Play it again, Sam!". 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. In a later scene, Rick sits in a darkened nightclub, alone except for Sam, drinking heavily and torturing himself by insisting that Sam repeatedly play the song, saying "You played it for her, you can play it for me.. According to Aljean Harmetz, Variety singled him out for the effectiveness of the song, and the Hollywood Reporter said he created "something joyous.".
The song makes Rick aware of Ilsa's presence and her continuing feelings for him. The performance is remembered for itself, as well as for its cinematic associations. Dooley Wilson gives a genial and warm rendition of the song. When Ilsa appears in his nightclub she requests it and Sam acquiesces.
Because of their breakup and Ilsa's marriage to another, Rick has forbidden the song to be played in his club. Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) regard it as "their song" and associate it with the days of their love affair in Paris. The Herman Hupfield song As Time Goes By appears as a continuing musical and emotional motif throughout the film. Sam is a singer and pianist employed by nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart).
Sydney Greenstreet, in comparison, was paid $3750 a week. For his role, he was paid $350 a week for seven weeks. Wilson appeared in over twenty motion pictures, but won immortality for his role as Sam in the 1942 film Casablanca. His performance of the song "The Eagle and Me" in this show was selected by Dwight Blocker Bowers for inclusion in a Smithsonian recordings compilation, American Musical Theatre..
He played Pompey, an escaped slave, in the musical Bloomer Girl (1946-1948). His breakthrough Broadway appearance came in the role of Little Joe, a stereotypic lazy rascal in the musical Cabin in the Sky (1940-1941). Dooley," which he performed in whiteface. He received the nickname "Dooley" while working in the Pekin Theatre in Chicago, circa 1908, because of his then-signature Irish song "Mr.
May 30, 1953) worked in black theatre in Chicago and New York from 1908 to the 1930s; in the motion pictures and in Broadway musicals in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and was on the cast of the television show Beulah in 1952 and 1953. Dooley Wilson (born Arthur Wilson April 3, 1886 in Tyler, Texas; d.