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Will Smith
Smith clapping and laughing in a sweater
Smith in 2011
Born Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.
September 25, 1968 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Other names The Fresh Prince
Occupation Actor, producer, rapper
Years active 1985–1993, 1997–2005 (rapping)
1990–present (acting)
Spouse Sheree Zampino (m. 1992–1995)
Jada Pinkett Smith (m. 1997)
Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968),[1] is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood.[2] Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office and the only one to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.[3]
Fourteen of the nineteen fiction films he has acted in have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million, and four took in over $500 million in global box office receipts. As of 2011, his films have grossed $5.7 billion in global box office.[4] He received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Family and early life

Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and also lived in Germantown in Northwest Philadelphia. His mother, Caroline (née Bright), was a school administrator who worked for the Philadelphia school board, and his father, Willard Christopher Smith, Sr., was a refrigeration engineer.[5][6] He was raised Baptist.[7] His parents separated when he was thirteen,[8] and did not actually divorce until around 2000.[9]
It is untrue, though widely reported, that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to the school,[10] although he was admitted to a "pre-engineering program" there.[9] According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."[11]

Recording and acting career

Smith at the Emmy Awards in 1993

Early work (1985–1995)

Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer,[12] as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime".[12] They gained critical acclaim and won the first Grammy awarded in the Rap category (1988).[12]
Smith had a line in "Voices That Care", a 1991 Persian Gulf War song by a celebrity group. Smith spent money freely during his early career and underpaid his income taxes.[12] The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income.[13] Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.[12]
The show was successful and began his acting career. Smith set for himself the goal of becoming "the biggest movie star in the world," studying box office successes' common characteristics.[8] His first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) which he starred opposite of Martin Lawrence.

Breakthrough (1996–2000)

In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. The film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw.[14] He later struck gold again in the summer of 1997 alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the summer hit Men in Black playing Agent J. In 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State.[12]
He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West (1999). Despite the disappointment of Wild Wild West, Smith has said that he harbors no regrets about his decision, asserting that Keanu Reeves's performance as Neo was superior to what Smith himself would have achieved.[15] Though in interviews subsequent to the release of Wild Wild West he stated that he "made a mistake on Wild Wild West. That could have been better."[16]

2001–present

Smith in May 2012
In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending a record breaking three premieres in a 24-hour time span.[17]
He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief.[18]
On December 10, 2007, Smith was recognized at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the world renowned theater in front of many fans.[19] Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released December 14, 2007. Despite marginally positive reviews,[20] its opening was the largest ever for a film released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be "aggressively unique".[21] A reviewer said that the film's commercial success "cemented [Smith's] standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood."[22] On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that Smith has been selected as one of America’s top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.[23]
Smith is currently developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he will star as Taharqa.[24]
President Barack Obama has stated that if a film were to ever be made about his life, he would have Smith play his part, because "he has the ears". Obama stated that the two have discussed the possibility of a film based on the 2008 election, but this may not happen until the end of the Obama presidency.[25]
Men in Black III opened on May 25, 2012. In it, Smith played Agent J for the third time, which was one of his more popular earlier roles. This was his first major starring role in four years.
On August 19, 2011, it was announced[26] that Smith had returned to the studio with producer La Mar Edwards to make a new album. Edwards has worked with artists such as T.I., Chris Brown, and Game. Smith's most recent album was released in 2005.
Smith and his son, Jaden, have completed filming After Earth, which is set for a 2013 release. As per the reports, Smith would star in Men In Black 4.[27]

Personal life

Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 11, 2009, in Oslo, Norway: Smith with wife Jada and children Jaden and Willow
Smith credits his father's dedication to his own involvement in the lives of his children.[28] Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had a son, Willard Christopher Smith III, also known as "Trey", but divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1998 single "Just the Two of Us".
Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. Together they have had two children: Jaden Christopher Syre (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness, and Willow Camille Reign (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Along with his brother, Harry Smith, he owns Treyball Development Inc.,[29] a Beverly Hills-based company named after his first son. Smith and his family reside on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida and in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Sweden[30] and Philadelphia.
Smith was consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40. He donated $4,600 to the presidential campaign of Democrat Barack Obama.[31] On December 11, 2009, Smith and his wife hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway - to celebrate Obama's winning of the prize.[32]
Smith has said he has studied multiple religions, including Scientology, and he has said many complimentary things about Scientology and other faiths. Despite his praise of Scientology, Smith said "I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious"[33][34] and "Ninety-eight percent of the principles in Scientology are identical to the principles of the Bible.... I don't think that because the word someone uses for spirit is 'thetan' that the definition becomes any different."[35] He has denied having joined the Church of Scientology, saying "I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions, and I respect all people and all paths."[36]
Smith gave $1.3 million to charities in 2007, of which $450,000 went to two Christian ministries, and $122,500 went to three Scientology organizations; the remaining beneficiaries included "a Los Angeles mosque, other Christian-based schools and churches, and [...] the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Center in Israel".[37] Smith and his wife have also founded a private elementary school in Calabasas, California, the New Village Leadership Academy, which uses Study Technology, a teaching methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.[38] Federal tax filing showed that Will Smith donated $1.2 million to the school in 2010.[39]
In 2012 he expressed support for the legalizing of same-sex marriage, in an endorsement of president Barack Obama's declaration to adopt this stance on the issue.[40]

Discography

With DJ Jazzy Jeff

Solo

Filmography

Television

Year Show Role Notes
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Host
ABC Afterschool Special Hawker "The Perfect Date"
1990–1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air William "Will" Smith Lead Role
1992 Blossom Himself Episode 18 "I'm with the Band"
1996 Martin Himself Cameo, Episode 20 of Season 4 "Where The Party At"
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Pinocchio Episode 14 of Season 2 which aired on April 13, 1997.
2003–2004 All of Us Johnny 3 episodes; Creator/Executive Producer
2004 American Chopper Himself Cameo

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Where the Day Takes You Manny
1993 Made in America Tea Cake Walters
Six Degrees of Separation Paul
1995 Bad Boys Detective Mike Lowrey
1996 Independence Day Captain Steven "Steve" Hiller, USMC MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
1997 Men in Black James Darrell Edwards / Agent J MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie
1998 Enemy of the State Robert Clayton Dean Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 Torrance Rises Himself Cameo
Wild Wild West Captain James "Jim" West
2000 Welcome to Hollywood Himself
The Legend of Bagger Vance Bagger Vance Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2001 Ali Muhammad Ali MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2002 Men in Black II James Darrell Edwards / Agent J BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Showtime
Executive producer
"Girlfriend" by B2K The Godfather Music video
2003 Bad Boys II Detective Mike Lowrey Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2004 A Closer Walk Narrator Documentary
Jersey Girl Himself Uncredited Cameo
I, Robot Detective Del Spooner Producer
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
The Seat Filler
Executive Producer; Independent Film
Saving Face
Producer
Shark Tale Oscar Voice
2005 There's a God on the Mic
Documentary
Hitch Alex "Hitch" Hitchens Producer
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Black Movie Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner Producer
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2007 I Am Legend Dr. Robert Neville Producer
MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2008 Hancock John Hancock Producer
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
Lakeview Terrace
Producer
The Secret Life of Bees
Producer
Seven Pounds Ben Thomas Producer
2010 The Karate Kid
Producer
2012 This Means War
Producer
Men in Black III James Darrell Edwards / Agent J Nominated-Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry
2013 After Earth Cypher Raige Producer
Winter's Tale To be announced Shoots this fall in New York.

Box office grosses

Year Title Budget U.S. gross[41] Worldwide gross[41]
1992 Where the Day Takes You N/A $390,152 $390,152
1993 Made in America $44,942,695 $104,942,695
Six Degrees of Separation $6,284,090 $6,284,090
1995 Bad Boys $23m $65,647,413 $141,247,413
1996 Independence Day $75m $306,169,255 $817,400,878
1997 Men in Black $90m $250,690,539 $587,790,539
1998 Enemy of the State $111,549,836 $250,649,836
1999 Wild Wild West $170m $113,805,681 $222,105,681
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance $80m $30,695,227 $39,235,486
2001 Ali $107m $58,183,966 $84,383,966
2002 Men in Black II $140m $190,418,803 $441,818,803
2003 Bad Boys II $60m $138,540,870 $272,940,870
2004 I, Robot $120m $144,801,023 $348,601,023
Shark Tale $75m $161,192,000 $367,192,000
2005 Hitch $70m $177,784,257 $366,784,257
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness $55m $162,586,036 $306,086,036
2007 I Am Legend $150m $256,393,010 $585,055,701
2008 Hancock $227,946,274 $624,346,274
Seven Pounds $55m $69,369,933 $166,617,328
2012 Men in Black 3 $225m[42] $170,171,342[42] $600,409,608

Awards and Nominations

List of awards and nominations received by Will Smith

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