Emmy-winning actor Jimmy Smits has been recognized with a star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Because of the pandemic, the ceremony on Wednesday for the 2,696th star was virtual instead of a traditional in-person event.
"My goal as an actor has been to interpret and to bring into life fully-rounded characters with thought provoking stories, hopefully, that reflect the American experience," said Smits. "So does it matter that I’m Hispanic, Latino, Latinx? You bet it does," he said.
"My heritage informs all my characters, no matter who they are. And believe me, I’m very proud to be someone who continues in the tradition of actors like Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno, Raul Julia. I think what has driven me from the beginning of my professional career," he said.
The veteran Latino actor's career spans 30 years and includes a wide range of roles in highly acclaimed shows. He has accumulated over 40 awards and nominations.
Smits became famous for his role in the TV series “L.A. Law,” for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.
Later, Smits won a Golden Globe for best TV actor in a drama series for his work in “NYPD Blue.” He also appeared in the hit show “The West Wing” and starred in the award-winning play “Anna in the Tropics.” Fans may also remember his lead roles in movies such as "Mi Familia," about a Mexican American family.
This year, Smits will appear in the highly anticipated “In the Heights” movie adaptation.