Best Quotes by Jimmy Smits

By | October 7, 2016

There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common-sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared; never give up; and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: – Shine!

Jimmy Smits

Nude scenes aren’t fun.

Jimmy Smits

I grew up in New York City, and I’ve got wonderful memories of the Fourth of July fireworks.

Jimmy Smits

I’ve been very lucky to work on a wide variety of projects, including two long-run and top-10 dramatic television shows. That is why it is so important to offer a helping hand to the next generation of young Latinos coming up behind me.

Jimmy Smits

The Fourth of July concert is invigorating in so many ways, in terms of what it feels like to be an American.

Jimmy Smits

I am a firm believer in education and have worked very hard to tell young Latinos that they must go to college and that, if possible, they should pursue an advanced degree. I am convinced that education is the great equalizer.

Jimmy Smits

If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.

Jimmy Smits

My central strength as an actor is the fact that I’m 6 foot 3. A certain power emanates from my size, juxtaposed with the fact that I try to find an element of sensitivity in every character I play. People enjoy seeing that because it goes against what we’re led to expect as far as the way men are supposed to be – macho and all that.

Jimmy Smits

For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we’re just the hired hands, acting.

Jimmy Smits

Celebrity hits like a bomb.

Jimmy Smits

Celebrity hits like a bomb.

Jimmy Smits

Just give me a good role that allows me to hone my craft, and I am a pretty happy camper.

Jimmy Smits

Everything in moderation, like calories.

Jimmy Smits

There are some things you have to give up to the higher power.

Jimmy Smits

Of course you draw from yourself, but the artistic nourishment you want to get is be versatile, do something different, and I think I got a chance to do that in a lot of different ways.

Jimmy Smits

My life hasn’t changed that much. Sure, people recognize me, and airports can get tough, but the people who stop me tend to be real nice.

Jimmy Smits

I’m an actor. I love to act. That’s my job. I’ll leave the politicking to others.

Jimmy Smits

I’ve been in California for about 15 years now. You’re always in your car and insulated. I miss New York so much.

Jimmy Smits

I like the gypsy aspect of this business.

Jimmy Smits

I never thought television would or could be a long-term commitment.

Jimmy Smits

If you’re afraid to live your life in a glass bubble, how can you do what we do in this industry?

Jimmy Smits

In my college years, I worked as a union labor organizer. I was just one of the many workers trying to do my part to help the community.

Jimmy Smits

It’s less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment.

Jimmy Smits

There’s something so familial and intimate between a boxer and his trainer.

Jimmy Smits

When we are out there selling a new picture, when did it become part of the deal that you have to sell the family? To use the juicy part of your life to get attention? I’m not blaming the reporters. It’s the system.

Jimmy Smits

You have to find what makes you stable in the storm. Then, no matter what’s happening round you, no matter what the hype or the publicity, you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.

Jimmy Smits

As an actor and as a performer, I’ve felt that the education system has really helped me in a lot of ways… there was always a teacher or a professor along the way that kept pushing me to the next stage.

Jimmy Smits

Education is the key in so many ways.

Jimmy Smits

Media images are so important to young people feeling positive about themselves.

Jimmy Smits

I’ve always strived to keep mixing it up, keep doing different things, and work in all different parts of our business.

Jimmy Smits

The Latino population has become such a presence. We are part of the American tapestry in a very profound way, in every area you can think of, and are very significant in popular culture.

Jimmy Smits

I’m not a policy wonk – I’m somewhere between being undecided and a surrogate.

Jimmy Smits

I save the rage for the stage.

Jimmy Smits

Unfortunately, considering that we Latinos are really big for movie companies when they have blockbuster releases or new cable shows, when it comes to the dynamic of supporting our own product, it leaves much to be desired.

Jimmy Smits

When you have celebrity, it’s a whole different thing than being an artist.

Jimmy Smits

As an actor, I just want to keep mixing it up.

Jimmy Smits

I had opportunities to stay on shows for long periods of time, and maybe financially that would have been good, but I feel good about trying to keep doing things that are a little bit different than what I’ve done.

Jimmy Smits

I couldn’t see myself doing a traditional sitcom.

Jimmy Smits

I almost feel like sometimes when I’m on location, you miss your home and your family and all that stuff, but it keeps you focused on the work.

Jimmy Smits

I worked on a show called ‘West Wing’ before. I didn’t work with Aaron Sorkin, but he created the show and set the tenor of the show, which was you follow the words of the script perfectly because there’s a dramaturgical thing behind it.

Jimmy Smits

‘West Wing’ was a show about politics.

Jimmy Smits

I’m socially awkward in life, and that’s one of the reasons why I do what I do. I’m more about interpreting other people’s words.

Jimmy Smits

When I sit down and sign up for something, I vet where the people are coming from.

Jimmy Smits

Michael C. Hall is an incredibly detailed actor who can convey so much with just an eyebrow.

Jimmy Smits

The hits and the misses. I just want to keep the at-bats solid.

Jimmy Smits

The friendships I made on ‘L.A. Law,’ with the cast and Steven Bochco and David Kelley were really wonderful.

Jimmy Smits

I started out in the theater, and my background is classical. I’d love to be in a film version of a Shakespeare play.

Jimmy Smits

It just makes you feel proud, more than anything else, that the work has in some way transcended itself.

Jimmy Smits

You can’t get so serious as to not realize that what we do is entertainment, but when you have the chance to provoke thought or advance discussion on a topic, it’s just the icing on the cake.

Jimmy Smits

It’s great to be able to play the ‘bad guy’ role, because you always get a lot to do, but I’m always looking at the why – how does a person get to that particular point.

Jimmy Smits

I feel a responsibility to try and give back. I see young people out there who are trained, and any way I can help them and give them an opportunity is gratifying.

Jimmy Smits

I went to Brooklyn College as an education major. It was a big deal in the family, but really, I was living for Mom and Dad.

Jimmy Smits

At first, I took theater courses on the side. Then, theater became my minor; then it was my major.

Jimmy Smits

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