Caribbean E-Magazine (CEM) reports on the trajectory of Haitian-born actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis, who grew up in the slums of Petionville, Haiti, until age 12, and worked his way to become a Hollywood celebrity.
In 2010, his deep love for his homeland caused him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, which was ravaged by a 7.0 earthquake on January 12. He is the founder and president of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged youth in Haiti.
Louis is an artist with international appeal. Early in his 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 movies “Tears of the Sun“(Bruce Willis), “Phat Girlz” (Mo’Nique), “Diary of a Tired Black Man“, and the NBC hit television show “Heroes“. Jimmy currently has a recurring role on the CW show “Arrow“.
He recently shot his most important film to date. Jimmy portrayed the title role in “Toussaint Louverture” and won Best Actor at the Pan African Film Festival, the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, and Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival in Canada. He was also nominated Best Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.
He is fluent in five languages and sings. He was an invited singer on the Quincy Jones project “We Are The World 25” to benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.
For full article and video of Jean-Louis, see http://www.caribbeanemagazine.com/2013/11/rags-to-riches-tale-of-haitian-actor.html