Will Smith American Actor and Rapper

American actor Will Smith, who enjoys enormous popularity, got his start as a rapper by working with Beatboxer Ready Rock C and Turntable DJ Jazzy Jeff. He was a well-known intelligent student from Philadelphia’s “Overbrook High School” who opted out college in order to pursue a career in music. He received a “Grammy Award” and was a renowned vocalist.

This young man, who entered the film industry at the age of 25, made his debut in the well-known film “Six Degrees of Separation”. For this gifted young star, there was no turning back from that point on. Will Smith has received numerous honors and awards for his work in blockbuster films like “Independence Day”, “I, Robot”, “I Am Legend”, “Enemy of the state”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “Ali”, and “King Richard”. These awards and recognitions include the “Academy Award”, “Critics’ Choice Movie Award”, “British Academy Film Award”, “Screen Actors Guild Award”, “Four Grammy Awards”, and “Golden Globe Award”. His dynamic performances demonstrate his flexibility and convey the hope that this celebrity will endure. Many filmmakers felt that the actor was a breath of new air that could play emotional parts just as well as an action hero. One of his many excellent movies, the sci-fi comedy “Men in Black”, was a smash hit with audiences all over the world. The “Men in Black” sequels, which received praise from both fans and reviewers, were inspired by the success of the original film.

Few Details of Will Smith

Birthday: September 25, 1968 (Libra)

Born in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Full Name: Willard Carroll Smith II

Spouse/Ex: Jada Pinkett Smith (M. 1997), Sheree Zampino (M. 1992- 1995)

Father: Willard Christopher Smith Sr.

Mother: Caroline Bright

Siblings: Ellen Smith, Harry Smith, Pam Smith

Children: Jaden Smith, Trey Smith, Willow Smith

Height: 6’2” (188cm)

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

Childhood & Early Life

In Pennsylvania, on September 25, 1968, Willard Christopher Smith Jr. was born to Carline, a member of the “School Board of Philadelphia”, and Willard C. Smith Sr. the owner of a refrigeration firm.

Along with his older sister Pamela and younger siblings Harry and Ellen, he was raised in the Wynnefield neighbourhood.

Although the little youngster was raised as a Baptist at home, he attended “Our Lady of Lourdes” elementary school for his first schooling. He received his education at Philadelphia’s “Overbrook High School” after his parents divorced.

Will made the decision to pursue music as a career after graduating from high school rather than going to college.

Career

At a gathering, Smith ran upon DJ Jazzy Jeff, a record producer and musician, and the two fell in love with music right away. With the help of DJ Jeff and another buddy, Beatboxer Ready Rock C, the budding rapper who went by “The Fresh Prince” created a group.

After creating the humorous tunes “Summer Time” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, “DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince” became extremely well-known.

The well-known singer ran into issues with the “Internal Revenue Service” in 1988-1989 after paying less tax than was required. His belonging was seized as a consequence of unpaid taxes totalling $2.8 million, and Will almost filed for bankruptcy.

In 1990, the NBC television network hired the singer for a role in the comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as the singer was still battling to recover from the financial crisis. Smith’s TV show, which included him, was a hit, and it helped him establish himself as an actor.

Will made his feature film debut in 1993 with the picture Six Degrees of Separation, which also starred Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing. Following the popularity of the film, he was hired for the action film “Bad Boys”, which also starred Martin Lawrence, two years later.

The outstanding actor was already quite well-known in Hollywood movies at this point. He had a significant part in Roland Emmerich’s 1996 picture Independence Day, which was directed by a German. The film, which also starred Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, was a tremendous box office hit.

Smith was picked by director Barry Sonnenfeld to star in the cult film series “Men in Black” the following year, in 1997. The actor was chosen to play “Agent J”. Alongside seasoned actor Gene Hackman, he appeared in the blockbuster film “Enemy of the State” the following year.

The talented actor appeared in films like “Wild Wild west”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, and “Ali” between 1999 and 2001. Will received an “Academy Award” nomination for “Best Actor” for the movie “Ali”, which was based on the life and career of boxer Muhammad Ali.

He appeared in films including “I, Robot”, “Shark Tale”, “Hitch”, and “Pursuit of Happyness” during the following several years. The performer received another “Oscar” nomination for his moving turn in “Pursuit of Happyness”.

The successful actor has been in the following films during the past several years, from 2007 to 2014: “I Am Legend”, “Hancock”, “Seven Pounds”, “After Earth”, and “Winter’s Tale”. These films have all had a great deal of financial and critical success.

Will Smith co-starred with Australian actress Margot Robbie in the 2015 film “Focus” as the male lead. The movie “Concussion”, in which he co-starred with Alec Baldwin, received favourable reviews the same year he appeared in it.

His other notable works also include “King Richard”, “Aladdin”, “Suicide Squad”, and “Bad Boys for Life”.

Fight with comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

When Chris Rock, the 2022 Oscar presenter, made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s thinning hair, the King Richard actor became enraged and assaulted the comedian on stage. Later, smith apologized for the incident on social media. In a message that he shared on Instagram, he said that his actions were “unacceptable and inexcusable” and that “violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive”.

Recognition & Achievements

“DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince” won the “Grammy Award” in 1988 for their first rap tracks.

Smith received the “Blockbuster Entertainment Award” in the “Favorite Actor” category in the late 1990s for his roles in “Independence Day”, “Men in Black”, and “Enemy of the State”.

He received “Teen Choice Awards” from 2005 to 2008 for songs including “Hitch”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, and “I Am Legend”.

The legendary actor received the “BET Award” in 2008-2009 for his work in “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds”. He also received the Saturn Award at this time for his role in “I Am Legend”.

For his depiction of Richard Williams in “King Richard”, he won the “Academy Award”, “Screen Actors Guild Award”, “Golden Globe Award”, “Critics’ Choice Movie Award”, and British Academy Film Award in 2022.

Personal Legacy & Life

Will Smith marry actress Sheree Elizabeth Zampino in 1992. Trey was the couple’s kid, but three years into their marriage, they split up.

The well-known actress wed Jada Koren Pinkett, a co-worker who is best known for the “Matrix” film series, in 1997. Jaden Christopher Syre, a son, and Willow Camille Reign, a daughter, are the children of the two actors.

While Willow is most recognized for the part in the film “I Am Legend”, Jaden has been in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, the Karate kid”, and most recently, “After Earth”.

The actor Will Smith entered the “Guinness Book of World Records” in 2005 for attending three film premieres in one day.

Smith was one of the richest young Americans, according to “Fortune Magazine”. Smith contributed $4,600 to Democrat Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009, in Oslo, he and his wife also staged the “Nobel Peace Prize Concert” to celebrate Obama being given the honor.

Awards

MTV movie & TV Awards

2008 Best Male Performance                                      I Am Legend (2007)

2002 Best Male Performance                                      Ali (2001)

1998 Best Movie Song                                                Men in Black (1997)

1998 Best Fight                                                           Men in Black (1997)

1997 Best Kiss                                                             Independence Day (1996)

People’s Choice Awards

2020 Favorite Male Movie Star                                  Bad Boys for Life (2020)

2009 Favorite Male Movie Star                                  Winner

2009 Favorite Male Action Star                                  Winner

2005 Favorite Male Action Movie Star                      Winner

Grammy Awards

1999 Best rap Solo Performance                                Winner

1998 Best Rap Solo Performance                               Men in Black (1997)

1992 best rap Performance by a Duo or Group         Winner

1988 best Rap performance                                       Winner

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

2000 Most performed Songs from Motion Pictures  Wild Wild West (1999)

1998 Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures  Men in Black (1997)

1994 Top TV Series                                                     The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

MTV Video Music Awards

1999 Best Male Video                                                 Will Smith: Miami (1998)

1998 Best Male Video                                                 Will Smith: Just the Two of Us (1998)

1998 Best Rap Video                                                   Will Smith: Getting’ Jiggy Wit It (1997)

1997 Best Video from a Film                                      Will Smith: Men in Black (1997)

1997 Best Video form a Film                                      Men in Black (1997)

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