Will Smith Biography

Will Smith is a famous American actor and singer, who is known for his performances in movies like ‘I am Legend’ and ‘Hancock’. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Fresh Prince, Mr. July

Also Known As: Willard Carroll Smith Jr.

Famous as: Actor

Nationality: American

Birth Date: September 25, 1968

Age: 49 Years

Sun Sign: Libra

Height: 1.88 m

Born in: West Philadelphia

father: Willard Christopher Smith, Sr.

mother: Caroline Bright

siblings: Harry Smith, Pam Smith, Ellen Smith

Spouses/Partners: Jada Pinkett Smith, Sheree Zampino

children: Trey Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith

religion: Christianity

Personality: ESFP

Founder/Co-Founder: Treyball Development Inc., Overbrook Entertainment, New Village Leadership Academy

Net worth: $250 Million

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education: Overbrook High School

Humanitarian Work: Established the 'New Village Leadership Academy' elementary school

awards: MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss - 1997
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight - 1998
Honorary César - 2005

MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance - 2008-2002
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Male - 1999
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor - 2009-2006-1998
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer - 2000
Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance - 1999-1998
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song - 2000
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - 2009
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor - 1991
MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video - 1999-1998
Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie - 2005
BET Award for Best Actor - 2009-2002
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry - 2007
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album - 1999
MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie - 1998
Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Singer - 1999
People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor - 2009
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Rap - 1997
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist - 2005-2000
NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year - 1999
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album - 1999
MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video - 1998
Saturn Award for Best Actor - 2008
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist - 1999
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy - 2005
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video - 2000-1999
Kids' Choice Wannabe Award - 2003
MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film - 1997
World Music Award for World's Best Selling Pop Male Artist - 1999
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's - 2002
NRJ Music Award for International Male Artist of the Year - 2000
People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actor - 2009-2005
Much Music Video Award for Peoples Choice: Favourite International Artist - 1998
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure - 1999
ShoWest Convention: Male Star of Tomorrow - 1995
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller - 2008
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama - 2007
Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame - 1997
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Science Fiction - 1998-1997
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song from a Movie - 2000
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures - 2000-1998
Sci-Fi Universe Magazine: Best Supporting Actor in a Genre Motion Picture - 1996
Grammy Award for Best Rap Duo Performance - 1992

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Will Smith is an extremely popular American actor, who began his career as a rap artist, teaming up with turntabler DJ Jazzy Jeff and beat boxer Ready Rock C. He was known to be a bright student hailing from the Philadelphia's 'Overbrook High School', who decided against attending college, so that he could pursue a career in music. He was successful as a singer, and is also a 'Grammy Award' recipient. At the age of 25, this young man ventured in movies, and debuted with the famous movie 'Six Degree of Separation'. From then on, there was no looking back for this talented young star. Appearing in movies like 'Independence Day', 'I, Robot', 'Enemy of the State', and 'Ali', he proved his mettle to the entire world. His power packed performances showed versatility and promise that this star was here to stay. In the opinion of many directors, the actor was like a breath of fresh air and essayed emotional roles with as much ease as he would portray an action hero. Amongst his several brilliant films, ‘Men in Black’ a sci-fi comedy, was one movie that became a roaring hit with moviegoers all over the world. The popularity of the first movie inspired the sequels in the ‘Men in Black’ series, which were lauded by fans and critics alike.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. was born on September 25, 1968, to Willard C. Smith, Sr., the proprietor of a refrigeration company, and Caroline, a member of the 'School Board of Philadelphia', in Pennsylvania.
  • He was brought up in the neighbourhood of Wynnefield, along with younger siblings Harry and Ellen, as well as an older sister Pamela.
  • The young child had a Baptist upbringing at home, but received his elementary education from a Catholic institution named 'Our Lady of Lourdes'. After his parents parted ways, he was educated at the 'Overbrook High School' in Philadelphia.
  • On completing high school, Will decided to pursue music as a career, instead of attending college.
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  • Smith met record producer and musician, Jeffrey Townes, popularly called DJ Jazzy Jeff, at a party, and the two music lovers instantly hit it off. The aspiring rapper called himself "The Fresh Prince", and formed a group with DJ Jeff, and another friend, beat boxer, Ready Rock C.
  • 'DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince' became quite popular after producing light-hearted songs 'Summertime' and 'Parents Just Don't Understand'.
  • During 1988-89, the popular singer fell into trouble with the 'Internal Revenue Service', after paying less than the stipulated tax. As a result of $2.8 million of unpaid taxes, his possessions were confiscated, and Will almost went bankrupt.
  • When the singer was struggling to recover from the financial crisis, he was hired for a sitcom titled 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', in 1990, by the NBC broadcasting network. With the success of the TV program, which was about himself, Smith gained recognition as an actor.
  • In 1993, Will made his debut in feature films with the movie Six Degrees of Separation', co-starring Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland. With the success of the movie, he was cast in 'Bad Boys', two years later, an action movie that also featured Martin Lawrence.
  • By this time, the exceptional actor had already gained immense popularity in Hollywood cinema. In 1996, he played a major role in the movie 'Independence Day', directed by German filmmaker, Roland Emmerich. The movie also starred Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, amongst others, becoming a huge box-office success.
  • Next year, in 1997, Smith was chosen by film director Barry Sonnenfeld, to become a part of the cult movie series of 'Men in Black'. The actor was cast opposite celebrated actor Tommy Lee Jones, and he essayed the legendary role of 'Agent J'. The following year, he worked in the hit movie 'Enemy of the State', alongside veteran Gene Hackman.
  • From 1999-2001, the gifted actor starred in movies like 'Wild Wild West', 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', and 'Ali'. ‘Ali’ was a movie adapted from boxer Muhammad Ali's life and career and it earned Will an 'Academy Award' nomination for 'Best Actor'.
  • During the next few years, he acted in movies like 'I, Robot', 'Shark Tale', 'Hitch' and 'Pursuit of Happyness'. The actor won another 'Oscar' nomination for his heart-rending performance in 'Pursuit of Happyness'
  • The movies that the accomplished actor has featured in, during the last few years, from 2007-2014, are 'I Am Legend', 'Hancock', 'Seven Pounds', 'After Earth', and 'Winter's Tale'. All of these movies have seen considerable commercial and critical success.
  • Recently, in February, 2015, Smith has starred in a movie called 'Focus', where he plays the male lead opposite Australian actress Margot Robbie. Another film, 'Concussion', co-starring Alec Baldwin, has been slated for release later this year.
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Major Works
  • This star is known for the ‘Men in Black’ franchise of movies, which have collectively grossed $620,130,196 approximately as box-office earnings. The science fiction movie features Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as two agents of an organization who manage alien activity on earth.
  • The sensational actor is also known for his overwhelming performance in the ‘Pursuit of Happyness’. The movie was nominated for several honours, and has won the prestigious ‘Capri Award’ in ‘Movie of the Year’ category.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1988, 'DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince' were recipients of the 'Grammy Award' for their initial rap songs.
  • During the late 1990s, Smith was felicitated with the ‘Blockbuster Entertainment Award’ in the ‘Favorite Actor’ category, for 'Independence Day', 'Men in Black' and 'Enemy of the State'
  • From 2005-2008, he won the 'Teen Choice Awards' for hits like 'Hitch', 'The Pursuit of Happyness', and 'I Am Legend'.
  • In 2008-2009, the peerless actor was presented the 'BET Award' for his roles in 'Hancock' and 'Seven Pounds'. During this time he also won the 'Saturn Award' for his performance in 'I Am Legend'.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1992, Will Smith got married to Sheree Elizabeth Zampino, an actress. The couple had a son, nicknamed 'Trey', but the two separated three years after marriage.
  • The popular actor got married in 1997 to colleague Jada Koren Pinkett, who is best known for the 'Matrix' movie franchise. The two actors have been blessed with a son, Jaden Christopher Syre and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign.
  • Jaden has appeared in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, ‘The Karate Kid’, and more recently, ‘After Earth’, while Willow is known for her role in the movie, ‘I Am Legend’.
  • In 2005, the actor made it through to the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’, for having gone to three movie premieres in one day.
  • Will claims that though he has had exposure to tenets of Catholicism and Baptism, he does not follow any religion in particular. Though he finds ‘Scientology’ fascinating, which is a spiritual rehabilitation through counselling, the actor is not a member of its organization.
  • The brilliant actor is known for his philanthropic contributions, where he has donated large sums of money to Christian ministries, schools and churches, a mosque in Los Angeles, and Scientology organisations.
  • He has also established an elementary school, 'New Village Leadership Academy', in California, along with his wife, Jada, donating 1.2 million dollars to the educational institution.
  • According to 'Fortune Magazine', Smith has been one of the wealthiest young Americans. He is a supporter of President Barack Obama, and has contributed financially to his campaign. The famous actor has also organized the 'Nobel Peace Prize Concert', which was held in Oslo as a toast to the prize being awarded to Obama.
Net Worth
  • According to various sources, in 2014 this famous actor had a net worth of $250 million.
  • This famous American actor was the first choice to play the role of ‘Neo’ in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Matrix’. After rejecting the offer to act in the movie, which also starred his wife, he was replaced by popular star Keanu Reeves.`

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