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"White Collar" Star Sharif Atkins Heads to Ecuador with Operation Smile @whitecollar @SharifAtkins

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Sharif Atkins, who plays FBI Agent Jones on the top-rated USA Nework crime drama "White Collar", will take a real mission to save lives in Ecuador with Operation Smile.

 Los Angeles, CA-- On the same day USA Network's hit series "White Collar" returns, one of its stars, Sharif Atkins, will travel to Ecuador with Operation Smile on a mission to save lives by helping to repair cleft lips and palates of children. "White Collar" continues its fourth season on Tuesday, January 22 at 10/9C.


Atkins, who stars as dedicated FBI agent Clinton Jones of the White Collar Crimes Unit on the series, is encouraging his fans and friends to follow him and the Operation Smile voluteers on a 5-day medical mission.  While in the country, the team will repair the smiles of 100-125 children.  Atkins will play a hands-on role, working with families preparing for surgery.

As an ambassador for Operation Smile, Atkins supports the organization's global efforts to provide free surgeries for children born with cleft lips and cleft palates. Atkins is asking his fans to visit his personal Fundraising Campaign on Crowdrise at www.crowdrise.com/sharifsmission and help him raise $10,000, which can provide life-changing surgery for children around the world who are suffering from a cleft.

Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children won't survive past their first birthday. Those who do survive often can't eat or speak properly, are shunned and many don't attend school. In as few as 45 minutes, and for as little as $240, Operation Smile can provide a child with free reconstructive surgery that will give new hope, laughter and smiles. With the help of generous supporters like Sharif, Operation Smile has provided surgery for more than 160,000 children worldwide since its founding in 1982.

Sharif is well known to television audiences for his role on "White Collar," as well as his previous role as Dr. Michael Gallant on "ER." He also guest starred on hit series such as "The 4400," "CSI: Miami," "Criminal Minds," "The Good Wife," "Raising the Bar," and "Numbers." Expanding his talents to the big screen, Atkins played the lead role and love interest in the feature film "Preacher's Kid" directed by Stan Foster. His film credits also include "Paved With Good Intentions," "Out Of Exile," and "All-Nighter."

"Sharif inspires others to get involved and help us change the lives of children worldwide," said Dr. Bill Magee, CEO and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. "We truly appreciate his dedication and commitment."


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Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children's medical charity whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from 76 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, Operation Smile has provided free reconstructive surgery for morethan 160,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities and the organization has a presence in more than 60 countries. Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and donates crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency. 



Sharif Atkins currently stars as Clinton Jones in the USA Network original series WHITE COLLAR, which continues its fourth season on Tuesday, January 22 at 10/9c on USA. Atkins began his career in Chicago theatre, but he is best known for his successful five year stint playing the role of Michael Gallant on "ER" which came to a dramatic end when his character was killed in the line of duty in Iraq.  Atkins next starred in the NBC series "Hawaii" also created by Jeff Eastin, then spent two seasons playing Gary Navarro, the hearer of thoughts on USA's THE 4400 while recurring in a romantic arc with music, film and television star Eve on her series by the same name.  He has starred in independent films including "All Nighter," "Paved with Good Intentions" and "Out of Exile," and was given his earliest break in the business by producer John Wells ("ER," "The West Wing") who cast him in his first leading role in a TNT movie entitled "The Big Time."  His most recent roles include numerous guest starring appearances on a variety of well known television series including "The Good Wife," "CSI: Miami," "Criminal Minds," "Cold Case," "Raising the Bar," a recurring role on "Num3ers," and earlier appearances on "In Justice," "Arli$$" and "The District," among others.