Will Smith

Quick Summary

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
Age 50
Birth Sign Capricorn
Height 6’2”
Weight 82 Kg
Religion Non-religious
Professions Actor, Rapper, Businessman
Education Overbrook High School
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Home Town West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marital Status Married
Spouse Jada Pinkett Smith
Children 2
Father’s Name Willard Christopher Smith Sr.
Mother’s Name Caroline Bright
Siblings Ellen Smith, Harry, Smith, Pam Smith
Residence Calabasas, California
Company Overbrook Entertainment
Net worth $300 million
Introduction

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

Early Life

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.

Education      

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.

Career

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.

1988-1989

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.

1990-1992

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.

1992-1993

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.

1993-1996

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.

1997-1998

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.

1999-2001

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.

2002-2006

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.

2007-2014

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.

2015 -Present

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
1995 Bad Boys
1996 Independence Day
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1997 Men in Black
1998 Enemy of the State
1998 Welcome to Hollywood
1999 Torrance Rise
1999 Wild Wild West
2000 The Legend of the Bagger Vance
2001 Ali
2002 Men in Black II
2003 Bad Boys II
2003 A Closer Walk
2004 Jersey Girl
2004 I, Robot
2004 The Seat Filler
2005 There’s a God on the Mic
2005 Hitch
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness
2007 I Am Legend
2003-2007 All of Us
2008 Hancock
2008 Seven Pounds
2012 This Means war
2012 Men in Black III
2013 After Earth
2014 Winter’s Tale
2014 Annie
2015 Focus
2015 Concussion
2016 Suicide Squad
2016 Collateral Beauty
2017 Bright
2018-Present One Strange Rock
2019 Aladdin
2019 Gemini Man
Discography
With DJ Jazzy Jeff   
Year Albums
1987 Rock the House
1988 He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper
1989 And in This Corner…
1991 Homebase
1993 Code Red
Solo Albums
Year Albums
1997 Big Willie Style
1999 Wilennium
2002 Born to Reign
2005 Lost and Found

Literatures

Smith has written various types of books throughout his career. Given below are the list of the books he has written and published.

Year Books
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 Amazing Tales
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
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MTV Movie & TV Awards
Year Title
1997 Best Kiss
1998 Best Movie Song
1998 Best Fight
2002 Best Male Performance
2008 Best Male Performance
People’s Choice Awards
Year Title
2005 Favorite Male Action Movie Star (won)
2009 Favorite Male Movie Star (won)
2009 Favorite Male Action Star (won)
Academy Awards
Year Title
2002 Best Actor in Leading Role
20027 Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role
Personal Life

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.

Will Smith

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.

Net Worth

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.

Fun Facts
  • 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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