Jimmy Smagula

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Jimmy Smagula
James Paul Smagula

(1976-01-15) January 15, 1976 (age 43)
Years active1998–present

James Paul Smagula (born January 15, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his work in television series such as The Sopranos, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, and Rizzoli & Isles as well as films, including The Island and The Producers.[1]

Early life[edit]

Smagula grew up in Lyndhurst, New Jersey and graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1993.[2] As a child, he was very active in music, playing piano, trumpet, and clarinet and taking private voice lessons. He auditioned for, and was accepted into, the acclaimed City Kids Repertory company in New York City at age 15 where he shared the stage with such artists as Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, and Demi Moore.[3]

He went on to earn a BFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1997 where he studied at both CAP 21 and The Classical Studio.


Smagula made is professional acting debut at age 20 in the Papermill Playhouse production of Man of La Mancha. He also appeared in the American premiere of Children of Eden, also at Papermill Playhouse. Smagula also sings on that production's cast album. Smagula appeared in the ensemble and performed the role of The Beadle in Sweeney Todd at the Ahamanson Theater with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski and also played The Beadle at the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, starring Norm Lewis.

Smagula made his Broadway debut at age 24 in the ensemble of The Full Monty (2000). He performed the principal role of Dave Bukatinsky over 3 dozen times, opposite both Patrick Wilson and Will Chase. In 2002, he appeared in the Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. Smagula played Ubaldo Piangi on the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and would later play the role on Broadway for one year.[4]

In 2005, Smagula appeared as Sal Iacuzzo on HBO's The Sopranos. He also appeared in the film The Island, directed by Michael Bay and The Producers movie musical.

In 2008, Smagula starred as Rocky in the Encores production of Damn Yankees! starring Sean Hayes and Jane Krakowski at New York City's City Center. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said Smagula "harmonizes sweetly" on the iconic song "Heart."[5]

Smagula appeared in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of To Be or Not To Be at the Friedman Theater on Broadway, directed by Casey Nicholaw. He also played a 10-week stint as Chef Louis in Disney's The Little Mermaid on Broadway[6] and, in 2010, joined the Broadway company of Billy Elliot, where he performed the principal role of George over 50 times. He also appeared in the film Step Up 3D in 2010.

From 2011 to 2016, Smagula appeared in television shows including Hot in Cleveland, Grey's Anatomy, Jessie, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Parks and Recreation, Sam and Cat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rizzoli and Isles, Community, and Bones.

In 2017, Smagula will play John Woodburn in the film Rebel in the Rye, written and directed by Danny Strong and starring Kevin Spacey and Nicholas Hoult.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Island Extraction Room Technician
2005 The Producers Convict
2010 Step Up 3D Balloon Vendor
2017 Rebel in the Rye John Woodburn
2019 Bottom of the 9th


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Sopranos Sal Iacuzzo 1 episode
2013 Parks and Recreation Peter 1 episode
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine John Perpton 1 episode
2014 Rizzoli & Isles Jimmy 1 episode
2015 Community Dink Dippindots 2 episodes
2015 Bones Chili Reuben 1 episode


  1. ^ "Jimmy Smagula IMDB". imdb.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Smagula will host and perform in a benefit concert for Lyndhurst High School featuring numerous Broadway performers May 19 at 7 PM.", Playbill. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Smagula, who is an alumnus of Lyndhurst High School, said in a statement, "The auditorium is in great need of renovation and I am proud to be able to give back to my hometown that has given me so much. Arts education is often overlooked and I am thrilled to be able to give back.'"
  3. ^ "Jimmy Smagula IMDB". imdb.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^ "IBDB". ibdb.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  5. ^ "New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  6. ^ "Broadway.com". broadway.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  7. ^ "Variety". variety.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.