Meet Joaquin Smits, Jimmy Smits’ Son with Barbara Smits

Joaquin Smits is Jimmy Smits’ Son and an American actor, VIP Host, and businessman. He was born sometime in 1983 in New York City, United States of America, as the second child and only son of the marriage between Jimmy Smits and his ex-wife Barbara Smits. The 41–year-old actor has been trying to follow in his father’s footsteps but is yet to attain the heights that his father has.

Joaquin Smits has an older sibling and sister named Taina Smits, and they grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in the United States. Joaquin’s parents were married at the time of his birth, but his father filed for divorce from his mother in 1986, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 1987, and while Joaquin’s mother did not remarry after the divorce, her ex-husband has been with his partner Wanda De Jesus since 1986 to date. Joaquin’s mother died in 2010 after battling with Pneumonia for a while.

Joaquin Smit’s Biography Summary

  • Full name:  Joaquin Smits
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth:  1983
  • Joaquin Smit’s Age: 41 year old
  • Ethnicity:  African-American
  • Nationality:  American
  • Sexual Orientation:  Possibly Straight
  • Religion:  Christianity
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Joaquin Smit’s Parents:  Jimmy Smits (father) and Barbara Smits (mother)
  • Siblings:  Taina Smits – Beadsley
  • Joaquin Smit’s Height in Inches:  6 feet
  • Joaquin Smit’s Height in Centimetres:  182.88
  • Joaquin Smit’s Weight:  70 Kilograms (154 lbs)
  • Joaquin Smit’s Net worth:  $ 1 million
  • Famous for:  Being the celebrity son of Hollywood actor Jimmy Smits

Joaquin Smits Was Born In 1983

Jimmy Smits’ son, Joaquin Smits, was born in 1983 in New York City in the United States of America. The exact date and actual month of his birth have not been made public, and neither do we really know much about his early childhood and upbringing, as his mother was one individual who shied away from publicity and kept her personal life and events very private. He is currently 41 year old.

The much that we know about Joaquin’s childhood was that he was raised by his mother, Barbara Smits, in Brooklyn, New York City, in the United States, alongside his older sister Taina Smits (who is now Taina Smits-Beadsley). Their mother was a very educated woman, and their father was also a well-known actor in Hollywood, so Joaquin and his sister Taina received the best education they could possibly get. He attended Manhattan Private School, New York, in the United States, where he played collegiate basketball for his school. Further educational details are not known to the public.

He is a VIP Host, Businessman, and Actor 

Jimmy Smits’ son, Joaquin Smits, is a man of many talents. He is an upcoming actor – who is not as established and well-known as his father, a VIP Host, and also a businessman.

Joaquin has attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps in Hollywood, but he is still finding his way in the industry. He has appeared in movies such as Game Time, Alexander Reese, and Club Life. His career has definitely not gotten to the heights that he would have loved it to be right now, but his fortunes can still change in the years to come. His father, Jimmy, has featured in about 25 movie roles and more than 30 television show roles to date; maybe someday Joaquin would get there too.

Joaquin Smits is a VIP Host at the Marquee Night Club and also at the Avenue Night Club. He has been working in these roles for several years now, and his job would be to use his fame to attract high-net-worth individuals to these clubs to help them make some more money.

Meet Joaquin Smits’ Parents

Joaquin Smits’ parents had a very short marriage, and it is not clear to what extent this affected their children at such a tender age, but Joaquin and his older sister Taina seem to have gotten on quite well in life. Let us get to meet his parents –

Jimmy L. Smits is Joaquin Smits’ Father

Joaquin Smits’ father is the popular Hollywood actor, Jimmy L. Smits.  He was born on July 9, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York City, in the United States of America. His father, Cornelius L Smith  (1929 – 2015), was from Paramaribo in Suriname and was also of Dutch Descent. His Mother, Emelina Smits, nee Pola  (1930 – 2015), was born in Penuelas and was from Puerto Rico.

He grew up with two sisters – Diana and Gloria, in a working-class household. He was raised by strict, devout Roman Catholic parents. Jimmy Smits identifies as a Puerto Rican and frequently visits his native country. When he was 10, he moved to Puerto Rico for several years despite not haven learned or spoken Spanish before. He attended a Spanish-only speaking school while he was there, and he described the experience as being traumatic and jarring.

Back in the United States, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia and subsequently obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, in the United States of America in 1980. He then proceeded to Cornell University, New York, where he obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree.

On June 4, 2021,  he was awarded the 2,696th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is known for featuring as Attorney Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law (1980 – 1990), Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue (1980s – 2000), and Nero Padilla in Sons of Anarchy (2012 – 2014), to mention a few.

Who Is Joaquin Smits’ Mother, Barbara Smits

Joaquin Smits’ mother is Barbara Smits. She was born on November 27, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, in the United States of America. She is an African-American, and not much is known about her early life and upbringing; neither is information about her parents and siblings available in the public space. She attended Ithaca College, New York, and Brooklyn College, New York.

She came to the limelight when she got married to her High School sweetheart, Jimmy Smits. She relocated to New York City in 1982 to participate in the 4H program. She worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension – New York City (CCE-NYC). She was the Executive Secretary for the Environmental Issues Program in the Area.

She worked her way up the ladder of the organization till she became the Assistant Director-General of the CCE-NYC. Her colleagues at work described her as a hard-working woman and one that was always full of smiles and kindness. Sadly she died while still working for CCE-NYC. In a bid to honor her legacy, the organization instituted the Barbara Smits Award of Merit.

Jaoquin Smits’ Parent’s Marriage And Divorce

Jaoquin Smits’s parents must have begun their relationship in or about the mid-1970s, as they had their first child together in 1975 and named her Taina Smits. They were not yet married at the time, but they decided to keep the child and continue with their relationship, and by 1981 it had culminated in marriage. Their second child, a son they named Joaquin Smits, would follow several years later in 1983.

Their relationship ran into trouble around the mid-1980s as Jimmy Smits had begun seeing another woman and fellow actor, Wanda De Jesus, in 1986. In late 1986, Jimmy filed for divorce from his wife, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was eventually finalized in 1987 – while Taina was 12 and Joaquin was just 4. Barbara moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her children as their father did not fight for custody, and she remained there and decided not to get married again but to focus on her career and take care of her kids.

Jimmy, on the other hand, has been in a relationship with Wanda De Jesus – who also likes to be called Juanita Cruz, since 1986 to date. Wanda lived in the neighborhood of the Smits, and Jimmy was reported to have moved in with her in 1986 while going through a divorce with her ex-husband. Sadly Barbara Smits passed away on April 16, 2010, arising from complications following her battle with Pneumonia.

Joaquin Smits Prefers A Private Lifestyle 

Jimmy Smits’ son, Joaquin Smits, guards his private life very jealously, and there is not much personal information about him out there in the public space. Much of what we know about him presently is information gleaned from his father’s and older sister’s social media handles and profiles.

He could presently be single and not married at all, or he could have gotten married secretly and possibly has children and is doing all the best he can to shield his family from all forms of media exposure and invasion of their privacy.

Just like his mother, he keeps every information about his personal life wrapped up tightly, but his sister Taina has always given up glimpses into little aspects of his life including his awesome relationship with her and her children.

Feyisayo Oluokun
Feyisayo Oluokun
Feyisayo is a passionate writer, voracious reader and a lover of romance. She is interested in doing intensive research, traveling and exploring new things.


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