‘Sons of Anarchy’ Recruits Jimmy Smits as Tattoo-Donning Gangbanger

by Sean Bell on April 6, 2012 · 3 comments

in Casting, Sons of Anarchy

Guess who’s riding into Charming when Sons of Anarchy’s Fifth Season picks up this Fall? None other than small screen vet Jimmy Smits.

Smits, most recently seen on the defunct NBC drama Outlaw, will be playing a whole new type of outlaw on the FX biker drama.

Deadline reports that the venerable actor will play a tattoo-covered character named Neron “Nero” Padilla, further describing him as “a Latino gangbanger with an exit strategy who becomes a dangerous mentor for Jax [Teller].”

Those familiar with Smits’ body of work know that he’s best known for playing suit-and-tie wearing guys on the good side of the law, having won an Emmy as attorney Victor Sifuentes in L.A. Law. He later solidified his status as a great actor as detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue and Congressman (and later President) Matthew Santos in The West Wing.

But Smits tackled a darker character years later in an Emmy-nominated turn in the third season of Dexter, playing Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado. His character, reeling from the loss of a brother, decided taking the law into his own hands and slowly turned from good guy to villain as the season progressed.

But this Sons of Anarchy role is going to require Smits to ditch the suit and don tattoos, doo-rags and who knows what else. Regardless of what types of characters he’s played in the past, he seems well capable of tackling this role and it will be a treat to see him interact on-screen with the likes of Charlie Hunnam and (presumably) Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman and the rest of the cast.

EDITOR’S PICK: Chuck Zito Cast As A Charming Nomad in Season 5 of ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Smits’ arc on SOA is expected run throughout the season. He’s among another casting addition, Chuck Zito, who will join the show as a Nomad. It’s looking like it will be an intense ride come this Fall!

{ 3 comments }

shamwow April 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

nero played the fiddel while roam burned  so he will end up being a traitor like the rest

Jdbnks May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

REALLY !! A FUKIN YEAR HIATUS… GET YOUR UMMMM SHIT UMMM TOGETHER UMMM SUTTER and ummm

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