Truly a "rags to riches" story, Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville, Haiti until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. His deep love for his homeland cause him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010.
Earlier in is career, Jimmy worked as a dancer and a model in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His credits include "Tears of the sun" (Bruce Willis), "Phat Girlz" (Mo'Nique), NBC Hit show "Heroes" and "Heroes Reborn", CW show "Arrow", CBS "Extant" with Oscar winner Halle Berry produced by Steven Spielberg and more recently "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro directed by David O Russell.
His most important role to date is playing the title character in "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE" and won BEST ACTOR at the Pan African Film Festival, the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival and at Vues d'Afrique International Film Festival in Canada. Jimmy received the Caribbean American Excellence In The Arts award in November 2013. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.
With an international appeal, Jimmy has been working in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico...making full use of his fluency in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.
Jimmy Jean Louis is the founder and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti a non-profit organization (501c3) established in 2008 (www.haitianhero.com www.hufh.org) whose mission is to help the underprivileged youth of Haiti. In response to the disaster and to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake, HUFH joined forces with the Pan American Development Foundation and the Organization of American States.
HUFH-PADF-OAS and its partners provided support to more than 300 000 people and delivered in excess of 200 tons of supplies during the first 8 weeks of the disaster.
Named Pan American Development Foundation's Ambassador for Haitian Children, he testified to congress on their behalf in June 2010.
Mr. Jean-Louis has taken part in a series of campaigns for Haitian aid, he was an invited singer on the Quincy Jones project "We Are The World" to benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.
During Haitian Independence Month, January 2010, Jimmy was presented with the key of Miami- Dade County.
Jimmy is also working on his very personal project "Haiti 16:53", an incredible story and documentary film that follows one man on a journey of a lifetime under extra-ordinary circumstances.Most recently Jimmy Jean-Louis was named Ambassador at large to Haiti by his Excellency President Michel Martelly.