Haitian-born actor Jimmy JEAN-LOUIS grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. His deep love for his homeland cause him to enlarge his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, 2010.

Earlier in his career, Jimmy worked as a dancer and a model in Europe and South Africa. 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" , CW show "Arrow", CBS "Extant" with Oscar winner Halle Berry produced by Steven Spielberg. More recently, he was part of the cast of  "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro directed by David O Russell and a regular on the TV show "CLAWS" for TNT. Jimmy is the Producer/Star of the movie “Rattlesnakes”, coming on Hulu in August 2019. 

His most significative leading role to date is playing the title character in "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE" and won BEST ACTOR at the Pan African Film Festival. He was also nominated BEST ACTOR at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.

With an international appeal, Jimmy JEAN-LOUIS has been working in many parts of the world, making full use of his fluency in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.

In response to the disaster and to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake, Jimmy 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.

He 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.

Jimmy JEAN-LOUIS was named Ambassador at large to Haiti in 2014.