|Full Name||Willard Carroll Smith Jr.|
|Nick Names||Fresh Prince, Mr. July, Big Willy|
|Birthday||September 25, 1968|
|Birth Place||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Country||United States of America|
|Professions||Actor, Rapper, Businessman|
|Education||Overbrook High School|
|Home Town||West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Spouse||Jada Pinkett Smith|
|Father’s Name||Willard Christopher Smith Sr.|
|Mother’s Name||Caroline Bright|
|Siblings||Ellen Smith, Harry, Smith, Pam Smith|
|Net worth||$300 million|
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. or as we simply know by his stage name, Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25 in 1968. Before his acting career even launched, his primary profession was rapper. When he met a guy named Jeff Towns at age 16, they became friends and the duo launched a highly successful rap career as DJ Jazzy & The Fresh Price.
Later on, Smith starred on the popular sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for six seasons, before he was established as a Hollywood A-lister. His acting career in movies launched officially with the 1995 movie called the Bad Boys. He acted in many other hit movies since then like, the 2996 movie Independence Day, Men in Black in 1997, Hitch in2005 to name some of the few.
He was also Oscar nominated for his role in Ali in 2001. Smith went on to do other critically acclaimed movies like Concussion in 2015
Born on 25th of September, 1968, to Willard Carroll Smith Sr. who was the proprietor of a refrigerator company and Caroline Bright, a member of the ‘School Board of Philadelphia’ in Pennsylvania, Will smith had a young beginning to both his rap career and his acting career.
He grew up in the neighborhood of Winnefeld, along with his younger siblings Harry and Ellen and his older sister Pamela.
Will Smith had a Baptist upbringing as a child at home, but he received his elementary education from a Catholic institution named, ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’. After his parents divorced. He studied at the ‘Overbrook High School’ in Philadelphia.
After his parents separated, Smith attended at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. It has been widely rumored that smith had turned down a scholarship opportunity to attend the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT). He never applied for the college simply because he wanted to pursue his career in rapping.
In his early days, Smith met a record producer and musician named Jeffrey Townes, who is most popularly known as DJ Jazzy at a party. The two-music lover cliqued and both instantly bonded. Smith chose the stage name ‘The Fresh Prince’, and both formed a group together with another friend of theirs Ready Rock C, who was a Beat Boxer. Both became very popular after they produced light-hearted songs like Summer Time and Parents Just Don’t Understand.
Smith, who was pursuing his music career at the time got himself caught into some trouble with the ‘Internal revenue Service’ after paying less than the specified tax. He had $2.8 million worth of unpaid taxes and his possessions and belongings were confiscated Smith almost went bankrupt.
When Smith was struggling to recover from the bankruptcy, he was hired for a sitcom called ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ in 1990 by the NBC broadcasting network. He found a great deal of success on the TV program because it was about himself and he gained recognition as an actor.
Smith made is debut in the movies with the feature film called the Six Degrees of Separation with the co-stars as Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland. When his movies were a success, he was cast in the movie Bad Boys two years later.
Within this period, Smith had gained immense popularity in Hollywood cinema. In 1996 he played a major role in the hit movie Independence Day. The Movie starred Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum amongst other great array of cast. The movie had a huge box office success.
In the following year. Smith was chosen to play in a film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, which is now a part of a cult movie series called Men in Black. Actor cast opposite to Smith was Tommy Lee Jones. Smith played the roles of a character named ‘Agent J’. After the success in that movie, Smith starred in another hit movie Enemy of the State alongside a veteran actor Gene Hackman.
Smith went to star on the movies like the Wild Wild West, The Legend of Bagger Vance and Ali. Smith Got nominated for the ‘Best Actor’ in the Academy Awards for depicting the boxer Muhammed Ali’s life and career.
After that, he went on to some other great movies like I, Robot, Shark Tale, Hitch and Pursuit of Happyness. Smith was nominated once again in the Oscars for the heat-rending performance in Pursuit of Happyness.
In these years, Smith had acted in some of the accomplished movies like I Am Legend, Hancock, Seven Pounds, After Earth and Winter’s Tale. Although not a box-office hit, the movies managed a considerable commercial and critical success.
In February, 2015 Smith starred in a movie called Focus where he plays a Nigerian as a lead opposite to Margot Robbie. Other movies he has played since then include, Concussion in 2015, Suicide Squad in 2016, Collateral Beauty in 2015, Bright in 2016 and recently is guest starred in the Indian movie Student of the Year 2, plays the role of the Genie in Aladdin and has a double role in the movie Gemini Man.
TV shows & Movies
|Year||TV shows & Movies|
|1992||Where the Day Take You|
|1993||Made in America|
|1993||Six Degrees of Separation|
|1990||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air|
|1997||Men in Black|
|1998||Enemy of the State|
|1998||Welcome to Hollywood|
|1999||Wild Wild West|
|2000||The Legend of the Bagger Vance|
|2002||Men in Black II|
|2003||Bad Boys II|
|2003||A Closer Walk|
|2004||The Seat Filler|
|2005||There’s a God on the Mic|
|2006||The Pursuit of Happyness|
|2007||I Am Legend|
|2003-2007||All of Us|
|2012||This Means war|
|2012||Men in Black III|
|2018-Present||One Strange Rock|
With DJ Jazzy Jeff
|1987||Rock the House|
|1988||He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper|
|1989||And in This Corner…|
|1997||Big Willie Style|
|2002||Born to Reign|
|2005|| Lost and Found |
Smith has written various types of books throughout his career. Given below are the list of the books he has written and published.
|2001||Just the Two of Us|
|2014||You Were Born to Win|
|2016||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Adults|
|2016||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Women|
|2016||Easy Crossword Puzzles Weekend Getaway|
|2016||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Seniors|
|2016||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Wednesday|
|2018||Fighting for the Truth and Justice in a Corrupt Society: Society Beware|
|2018||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Adults – part 1|
|2019||Easy Crossword Puzzles for Seniors – volume 1|
Awards and Nominations
MTV Movie & TV Awards
|1998||Best Movie Song|
|2002||Best Male Performance|
|2008||Best Male Performance|
People’s Choice Awards
|2005||Favorite Male Action Movie Star (won)|
|2009||Favorite Male Movie Star (won)|
|2009||Favorite Male Action Star (won)|
|2002||Best Actor in Leading Role|
|20027||Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role|
Smith married to Sheree Elizabeth Zampino in 1992, who is an actress. The couple had a son who was nicknamed Trey. The couple separated after three years of marriage.
Smith got married one again to Jada who is also an actress and is best known for the ‘Matrix’ movie franchise. The couple has two kids, a son and a daughter namely Jaden and Willow.
Smith has claimed that he does not follow any religion in particular. He is fascinated ‘Church of Scientology’ which gives a spiritual rehabilitation through counseling; however, he is not a member of the group.
He established an elementary school called ‘New Village Leadership Academy’ in California along with his wife, Jada, donating 1.2 million dollars to the educational institutions.
The well-known actor, rapper and songwriter, who is loved by millions and is unarguably one of the best actors throughout Hollywood. Now 50 year old actor has and estimated net worth of $300 million, which makes him one of the richest actors in the world.
- The famous actor Smith was the first choice to play a ‘Neo’ in the Hollywood blockbuster franchise The Matrix. Smith rejected the offer but the film starred his wife, Jada as one of the casts.
- He is famous for dropping the line “Aw, hell no” in every film that is able to. It has become sort of his catchphrase.
- Smith met Jada when she was auditioning for the television show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
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