Will Smith is an American actor, rapper, and film producer. During the late 1980s, he achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name the Fresh Prince. In 2013, Forbes named Smith the most bankable star in the world. In 2007, he was called “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the global box office.
Will Smith was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Caroline, a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith Sr., a U.S. Air Force veteran and refrigeration engineer. 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.
Will Smith’s first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence. The latter film was commercially successful, grossing $141.4 million worldwide. However, critical reception was generally mixed. 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.
In the same year, he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the hit Men in Black, playing Agent J. The film grossed over $589.3 million worldwide against a $90 million budget, becoming the year’s third highest-grossing film. It received positive reviews, with critics praising its humour, as well as Jones and Smith’s performances.
During the summer of 1997, Smith also began his solo music career with the release of “Men in Black”, the theme song for the film, which topped singles charts in several regions across the world, including the UK.
In 1998, Will Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State. The following year he turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favour of Wild Wild West (1999). Will portrayed heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali. For his performance he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
2003 saw Smith return for Bad Boys II, the sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys; the film follows detectives Burnett and Lowrey investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Despite receiving generally negative reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing $270 million worldwide.
In the following year, he starred in the animated film Shark Tale and the science fiction film I, Robot; both films were box office successes despite mixed reviews. In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in 24 hours.
Will Smith and his son Jaden played father and son in the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness. In the film, Will portrays Chris Gardner. The film, along with Smith’s performance, received praise. On December 10, 2007, Smith was honoured at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the theatre in front of many fans.
Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released in 2007. Alongside marginally positive reviews, its opening was the largest ever for a movie released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be “aggressively unique”.
In 2008, Smith was reported to be developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he would be starring as Taharqa. Smith later starred in the superhero movie Hancock, which grossed $227,946,274 in the United States and Canada and had a worldwide total of $624,386,746.
Will again reprised his role as Agent J with Men in Black 3, which opened on May 25, 2012, his first major starring role in four years. Men in Black 3, released ten years after Men in Black II (2002), grossed over $624 million worldwide. Unadjusted for inflation, it is the highest-grossing film in the series.
In 2013, Smith starred in After Earth with his son Jaden. The film was a disappointment at the domestic box office and was panned critically.
Will Smith starred opposite Margot Robbie in the romance drama Focus. Smith was set to star in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel of the same name scripted by Jurassic Park writer David Koepp, but he left the project to work on the Ridley Scott-produced sports drama Concussion.
In 2016, the actor played Deadshot in the supervillain team-up action film Suicide Squad. Smith’s participation in the film meant choosing it over a role in Independence Day: Resurgence, which he said would be like “clinging and clawing backwards.” Later that year, Smith starred in director David Frankel’s drama Collateral Beauty,
His film Bright was distributed via Netflix in 2017. Smith collaborated with his director from Suicide Squad, David Ayer. Will Smith portrayed The Genie, originally voiced by Robin Williams in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Aladdin grossed over $1 billion worldwide to become Smith’s highest-grossing film, surpassing Independence Day.
Smith appeared as an assassin who faces off against a younger clone of himself in Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, released in 2019. Later that year, Smith had his second starring role in an animated film, in Spies in Disguise, opposite Tom Holland. The film was released on December 25, 2019. In 2020, he reteamed Martin Lawrence for the third film in their franchise, Bad Boys for Life. It was announced that Will Smith will star in Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Date of Birth: 25th September, 1968
Weight: 82 kg
1981: Endless Love, Taps
1982: The Outsiders, Losin’ It, Risky Business, All the Right Moves
1986: Top Gun, The Color of Money
1988: Cocktail, Rain Man
1989: Born on the Fourth of July
1990: Days of Thunder
1992: Far and Away, A Few Good Men
1993: The Firm
1994: Interview with the Vampire
1996: Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire
1999: Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia
2000: Mission: Impossible 2
2001: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Vanilla Sky
2002: Space Station 3D, Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember
2003: The Last Samurai
2005: War of the Worlds
2006: Mission: Impossible 3
2007: Lions for Lambs
2008: Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie
2010: Knight and Day
2011: Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol
2012: Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher
2014: Edge of Tomorrow
2015: Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation
2016: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
2017: The Mummy, American Made
2018: Mission Impossible- Fallout
2 MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, Saturn Award for Best Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller, Teen Choice Award for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
The Matrix’s Keanu Reeves Thanks Will Smith For Rejecting The Franchise: “Impacted My Life Personally & Creatively”
Will Smith Reveals Having Rampant S*x After Breaking Up With Melanie Parker: “I Went Full Ghetto Hyena”
Will Smith Reveals Considering Suicide At One Point: “The Alien-Annihilating MC, Bigger-Than-Life Movie Star, Is Largely A Construction”
Will Smith has been in the centre of the #OscarSoWhite controversy following the second year, where only white actors were nominated for the Oscar in the acting categories. Will stated, “The media creates the ‘us and them’ and for me, there is no us and them, it’s we” adding that he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences which votes for the Oscars.
Q. What is Will Smith’s nickname?
A. Will Smith’s name is Fresh Prince and Mr. July.
Q. What is Will Smith’s net worth?
A. As per the reports online, Will Smith’s net worth is $400 million.
Q. Did Will Smith attend college?
A. No, Will Smith never attended college.