Jimmy Smits, 61, is back on prime time TV and acting presidential again in the 24 reboot – 24: Legacy. The Puerto Rican actor is playing presidential hopeful Senator John Donovan in the new Fox network series. His character is a different take on President Palmer from the original series that debuted in 2001, a role played by Dennis Haysbert. The Jack Bauer role is being played by The Walking Dead’s Corey Hawkins.
24: Legacy debuted this past weekend on Super Bowl Sunday and then moved over to its permanent spot on Monday night. It had a solid opening with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers. The original series was on TV for nearly 10 years, the reboot will have 12 episodes to start with.
Smits has always been one of the busiest actors in Hollywood mostly dedicating his career to television roles across many genres. This is his first foray into the action genre. In his 30 year career Smits has not had much time off starring in popular long-running TV shows like LA Law, West Wing, NYPD Blue, Dexter and Sons of Anarchy. It was his portrayal of Victor Sifuentes in the 1980s TV hit L.A. Law that was groundbreaking for Latinos – being the first “central Latino role in an American TV drama.”
Smits has played everything from a president to a pimp. Clearly Smits takes to political figures having played the U.S. President and most recently Senator Bail Organa in the blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What is certain is that the industry respects him and fans love him. Smits is an Emmy winner, 11 time Screen Actors Guild Award recipient and 11 time Emmy nominee.
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