Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis wins Excellence in Arts Award

After forging a substantive career in entertainment encompassing fashion and the cinematic arts, Haitian-born actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis began his humanitarianism, having gained a formidable platform from which to do good works, and has now been awarded the Excellence in the Arts prize for his contributions to entertainment as well as humanity through the foundation he founded, Hollywood United for Haiti.


Upon receiving the prestigious award from the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, Jimmy Jean-Louis joined the ranks of those Caribbean notables who have taken home a prize from the foundation which awards those Caribbean artists who have made significant contributions as immigrants to the United States. Past recipients include Jamaican Reggae Artist, Freddie McGregor, who has had hits including, 'Big Ship' and 'Just don't want to be lonely', though McGregor's award was for Lifetime Achievement.

Jimmy Jean-Louis began gaining recognition as a model in Europe, before making the move to the United States where he began working as an actor. This career started in television, with its current zenith being his well-known role as 'the Haitian' on the NBC hit 'Heroes'. He would also go on to work in films like 'Phat Girlz' with Academy Award winner Monique, and with other big names such as Glenn Close and Bruce Willis. While acknowledging these tremendous accomplishments, including his leading role in the movie, 'Toussaint L'Ouverture', the awards foundation honored him because he has used his acting talent to help Haiti.

Today, Jimmy Jean-Louis is focused on new projects, including playing his part in developing the Nollywood Industry, the wildly popular and profitable Nigeria film industry, for which he acts in 2 movies a year.

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