Will Smith is an American actor and rapper. He began his career as a rapper but soon transitioned into acting, first gaining notoriety for his role as Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This was followed by many blockbuster successes, making Smith one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States of America
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. was married to Sheree Zampino between 1992 and 1995. In 1997, he married Jada Pinkett. He has three kids. Two of them, Jaden and Willow Smith, are also in the entertainment business.
Will Smith started his career as a rapper. This earned him recognition and success in the late ’80s under the Fresh Prince moniker, but what truly made him famous was the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran between 1990 and 1996 and was a big hit.
From this role, Smith transitioned into blockbuster roles. His debut was in Where the Day Takes You, a drama, but then he appeared in Bad Boys in 1995, which presented him as an action icon. He appeared in Independence Day in 1996 and Men in Black in 1997. Smith reprised his role as Agent J in the two MiB sequels in 2002 and 2012.
In 2001, Smith portrayed Muhammad Ali, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. This was followed by a Men in Black sequel in 2002, Shark Tale in 2004, where he voiced the main character, and I, Robot, a sci-fi action flick based on Asimov’s stories, also in 2004.
In 2005, he starred in Hitch, a romantic comedy. Then in 2006, he was in The Pursuit of Happyness, with a second Academy nomination. Finally, in 2008, he was in Hancock, and that film was his eighth to gross over $100 million in the U.S.
He continued to appear in dramatic films, like Concussion, a biopic in 2015, and action films with mixed reception like Bright and After Earth. In 2016, Smith was in Suicide Squad.
His highest-earning film was Aladdin, the live-action adaptation of the animated picture from Disney. Will Smith played the Genie. 2020 saw the release of Bad Boys for Life and Life in a Year. 2021 saw him appear in King Richard. The next project he is scheduled to appear on is Emancipation.
Will Smith has won four Grammies. He has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role he played in the movie King Richard.
The actor was the most bankable star in the world by 2013 and has been one of the biggest earners in his position as a leading man.
He has appeared in films alongside his son Jaden, co-starring with him in After Earth.
Will Smith received his first Grammy Award in 1989 for his song Parents Just Don’t Understand he released with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.
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