Haitian born actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis, is a "rags to riches" story of a child who grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville, Haiti until age 12, becomes a Hollywood celebrity, and shifts his focus from his acting career to help rebuild his homeland 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 an acting career, his credits include "Tears of the sun" (Bruce Willis), "Phat Girlz" (Mo'Nique), "Diary of a tired black man", NBC Hit show "Heroes"......
Jimmy recently shot his most important role to date, he portrayed "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE" and won Best actor at the Pan African Film Festival.
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.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.
Jimmy is married to his wife Evelyn, they have 3 children.