Actor Jimmy Smits

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 18, 2001

Philip Michael Thomas was not Don Johnson's original partner on the 1980s television show Miami Vice. Who was?
—Sherrie H., Illinois

Jimmy Smits, 45, who went on to other law-related roles as Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law and Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue, played Don Johnson's partner in the two-hour pilot for Miami Vice. But mere minutes into the show, his character was killed off, making way for Philip Michael Thomas to star with Johnson in the series. Smits, a New York native, holds a degree in theater arts from Cornell University.