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Will Smith is a famous American actor and singer, who is known for his performances in movies like ‘I am Legend’ and ‘Hancock’

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BirthdaySeptember 25, 1968
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Actors, African American Singers, Black Actors, Black Comedians, Humanitarian, Ohio State University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, ESFP
Nick namesFresh Prince, Mr. July
SpousesJada Pinkett Smith, Sheree Zampino
SiblingsEllen Smith, Harry Smith, Pam Smith
Known asWillard Carroll Smith Jr.
Childrens Jaden Smith, Willow Smith
Universities
  • Ohio State University
  • Overbrook High School
Humanitarian Works
  • Established the 'New Village Leadership Academy' elementary school
Notable Alumnis
  • Ohio State University
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Treyball Development Inc.
  • Overbrook Entertainment
  • New Village Leadership Academy
Birth PlaceWest Philadelphia
ReligionChristianity
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherWillard Christopher Smith Sr.
MotherCaroline Bright
Net Worth$250 Million
Sun SignLibra
Born inWest Philadelphia
Famous asActor

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Who is Will Smith?

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.

Career

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.

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.

Trivia

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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Will Smith awards

YearNameAward

ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards

2000Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesWild Wild West (1999)
1998Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesMen in Black (1997)
1994Top TV SeriesThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

Grammy Awards

1999Best Rap Solo PerformanceWinner
1998Best Rap Solo PerformanceMen in Black (1997)
1992Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner
1988Best Rap PerformanceWinner

MTV Movie & TV Awards

2008Best Male PerformanceI Am Legend (2007)
2002Best Male PerformanceAli (2001)
1998Best Movie SongMen in Black (1997)
1998Best FightMen in Black (1997)
1997Best KissIndependence Day (1996)

MTV Video Music Awards

1999Best Male VideoWill Smith: Miami (1998)
1998Best Male VideoWill Smith: Just the Two of Us (1998)
1998Best Rap VideoWill Smith: Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (1997)
1997Best Video from a FilmWill Smith: Men in Black (1997)
1997Best Video from a FilmMen in Black (1997)

People's Choice Awards

2009Favorite Male Movie StarWinner
2009Favorite Male Action StarWinner
2005Favorite Male Action Movie StarWinner

Will Smith biography timelines

  • // 25th Sep 1968
    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.
  • // 1988 To 1989
    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.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, 'DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince' were recipients of the 'Grammy Award' for their initial rap songs.
  • // 1990
    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.
  • // 1992
    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.
  • // 1993
    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.
  • // 1996
    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.
  • // 1997
    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.
  • // 1997
    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.
  • // 1999 To 2001
    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'.
  • // 2005 To 2008
    From 2005-2008, he won the 'Teen Choice Awards' for hits like 'Hitch', 'The Pursuit of Happyness', and 'I Am Legend'.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, the actor made it through to the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’, for having gone to three movie premieres in one day.
  • // 2007 To 2014
    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.
  • // 2008 To 2009
    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'.
  • // 2014
    According to various sources, in 2014 this famous actor had a net worth of $250 million.
  • // 2015
    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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Will Smith's FAQ

  • What is Will Smith birthday?

    Will Smith was born at 1968-09-25

  • Where is Will Smith's birth place?

    Will Smith was born in West Philadelphia

  • What is Will Smith nationalities?

    Will Smith's nationalities is American

  • What is Will Smith nick names?

    Will Smith's nickNames is Fresh Prince, Mr. July

  • Who is Will Smith spouses?

    Will Smith's spouses is Jada Pinkett Smith, Sheree Zampino

  • Who is Will Smith siblings?

    Will Smith's siblings is Ellen Smith, Harry Smith, Pam Smith

  • Who is Will Smith childrens?

    Will Smith's childrens is Jaden Smith, Willow Smith

  • What was Will Smith universities?

    Will Smith studied at Ohio State University, Overbrook High School

  • What was Will Smith notable alumnis?

    Will Smith's notable alumnis is Ohio State University

  • Which company or organization was founded by Will Smith?

    Will Smith was the founder/co-founder of Treyball Development Inc., Overbrook Entertainment, New Village Leadership Academy

  • What is Will Smith's religion?

    Will Smith's religion is Christianity

  • How tall is Will Smith?

    Will Smith's height is 188

  • Who is Will Smith's father?

    Will Smith's father is Willard Christopher Smith Sr.

  • Who is Will Smith's mother?

    Will Smith's mother is Caroline Bright

  • What is Will Smith's sun sign?

    Will Smith is Libra

  • How famous is Will Smith?

    Will Smith is famouse as Actor