Jimmy Smits reflects on ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘West Wing,’ and more favorites

“That sticks in my head: Butt work.”
Years after exiting   NYPD Blue, Smits joined the later seasons of   The West Wing   as Matt   Santos, a Barack Obama-like politician who successfully pursues a campaign to succeed Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) as president. That show was known for showing some slight nudity and, in Smits’ words, “risque sexual situations,” which made every new episode a surprise for the cast. “Talk about opening-night jitters. Jimmy Smits has been a consistent presence on TV for decades. Wow.”
Watch the full clip above. Show Full Article Though he now stars on Fox’s   24: Legacy   and Netflix’s   The Get Down, Smits sat down with Entertainment Weekly: The Show to talk about his favorite roles over the years. One of Smits’ first major breakout roles came on NYPD Blue, where he played Bobby Simone, the partner to Dennis Franz’s surly Andy Sipowicz. He even recorded a live debate with his opponent, Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda). Download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile, and web devices. Catch the   full episode of   Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available   here   and on the new   People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). “It was fun to see every week, when the new script would come in, who was going to be at the treadmill or gym, because they knew their butt was going to be shown in that particular episode,” Smits said. “To do a live debate, when you don’t really know much about the political situation, it was like doing a play,” Smits said.