Jimmy Jean-Louis

Recent Role:

Star on Doctor Bello


8/8/1968, Petion-Ville, Haiti

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  • Biography
  • Jimmy grew up in a small village in Haiti with his brother and parents. They moved to Paris in 1980 where he experienced a culture shock because of the rural to city lifestyle change. He attended high school and the Academe International de Dance where he studied dance. His parents returned to Haiti, but Jimmy and his brother remained in Paris. Before finding success as a model, he was homeless at times in Paris.
    He worked in Spain in musical theater before moving to Italy and becoming a model. In 1995, he appeared in several episodes of an erotic French TV program. He also modeled in South African and England. Through his travels and career changes, he learned Spanish and Italian. He was very successful in London, modeling for Valentino and Gianfranco Ferre.
    Jimmy moved to America to act full-time. He had several small TV and film roles from 1999 to 2005. The following year proved to be lucky for Jimmy. He was cast as the romantic lead in the 2006 film Phat Girlz and he began his role as The Haitian in Heroes.
    Jimmy is married to his wife, Evelyn, and they have 2 children. He enjoys playing soccer and is a member of an amateur soccer club, Hollywood United Football Club over 40s players.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Jimmy Jean-Louis



    Birth Place:

    Petion-Ville, Haiti

    Also Known As

    Jimmy J

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Jimmy: There are a couple of people that think it is completely racist to call me The Haitian. But that's what I am. I am very happy about the name. Please don't change it, Mr Tim Kring. (referring to his role on "Heroes" which was created by Kring)

    • Jimmy: (representing his home country via Heroes role) To be able to associate Haiti to hero, The Haitian the hero, for me that means a lot.

    • Jimmy: (on choosing roles) Most of the time I like the character to have some dignity; that is the direction I'd like to go. One of my inspirations is Sidney Poitier. Anytime anyone said I couldn't do it cause I have an accent, I'd think of Sidney.

    • Jimmy: I was really blessed to meet Nelson Mandela. We spoke, danced and shook hands.

    • Jimmy: From a young boy growing up in Haiti, living with no electricity or running water, my journey to Hollywood has been rich with experience. I take little for granted and appreciate the beauty of life, knowing that there is so much more to learn.

    Trivia (12)

    • Jimmy originally auditioned for the role of D.L. but eventually landed the role of the Haitian in the show Heroes.

    • Jimmy and his wife Evelyn have one son and one daughter.

    • Jimmy attended the Academe International de Dance in Paris where he studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop.

    • Jimmy was cast alongside Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci in the movie Tears Of The Sun (2002).

    • Jimmy appeared in music videos by George Michael, En Vogue and Mariah Carey.

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