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Will Smith
Also known as:Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr.
Occupation:Actor • Producer • Executive Producer • Voice Cast
Born:September 25, 1968
Birthplace:Pennsylvania, United States Of America
Spouse:Jada Pinkett Smith
Known as one of Hollywood`s most lucrative stars, Will Smith made a thriving crossover from being a rapper and songwriter to an actor and producer. Post a modestly successful career as a rapper, Smith gained immense popularity by doing a starring role in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He then featured in many blockbuster films like Bad Boys (1995), Independence Day (1996), Men In Black (1997), and Hitch (2005). For portraying Late boxer Mohammad Ali in Micheal Mann`s Ali and entrepreneur Chris Gardner in Gabriele Muccino`s Pursuit of Happyness, Smith received two Academy Award nominations.

Early Life
Born Willard Christopher Smith Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Will Smith`s mother, Caroline was a school administrator and his father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., a refrigerator company owner. He had a middle-class upbringing, but his charming personality and amazing people skills, made him the centre of attention wherever he went. Amongst his family and friends, he soon earned the title of Prince.

Personal Life
Will Smith`s first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in three years. The former couple has a son Williard Smith III. In 1997, he tied the knot, again, with actress Jada Pinkett. Both of them have two children- a son, Jaden, born in 1988, and a daughter, Willow, born in 2000.

Music Career
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith, under the name of The Fresh Prince, began producing music that was entertaining and free of swear words, which was a pleasant change for the American music industry. In 1986, they recorded their first song "Girls Ain`t Nothing But Trouble," which was a smashing hit. Their 1987 debut album, Rock the House, hit the Billboard Top 200 and made Smith a millionaire before the age of 18. For their album He`s The DJ, I`m The Rapper, the duo took home the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, in 1988. Their next album And In This Corner...released in 1989, catapulted them to more fame.

Television Career
Within two years of creating brilliant music, Smith switched to acting. Cashing on his popularity, NBC roped Smith to lead a comedy-drama about a quick-witted kid from Philadelphia who shifts in with his rich uncle and aunty in the upmarket Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel-Air. The show gained phenomenal popularity and ran for six seasons from 1990-96.

Movie Career
After appearing in minor roles in films like Where the Day Takes You (1992) and Made in America (1993), Will Smith next appeared in the epic sci-fi film Independence Day (1996), a movie that established him as a talent to watch out for. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Smith played the character of Captain Steven Hiller to perfection.

Smith again received accolades for his next film, Men In Black (1997) and the crime thriller Enemy of the State (1998), bagging him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor. In 2001, Smith starred in the biographical sports drama film Ali. Based on the life of the legendry boxer Muhammad Ali, the movie in spite of being very well received by the critics bombed at the box office. Smith, who essayed the titular character received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

After proving his mettle in Ali, Smith appeared in a series of sequels, reprising his roles in Men In Black II (2002) and Bad Boys II (2003). Both of them received a very lukewarm response at the box-office, failing to create the impact of its prequels. In 2005, Smith tried his luck with a rom-com by starring in Andy Tennant`s Hitch. The movie was a blockbuster and his endearing portrayal of Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a dating consulted, won hearts all over the world. This smashing success was followed by another mega-hit, The Pursuit of Happyness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the movie is a non-fictional story of businessman Chris Gardner, who struggled his way to success. Along with Will Smith, this biographical drama film stars Smith`s son Jaden Smith as Chris Gardner`s son Christopher Jr. For his role, Smith received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.

In 2007, Smith starred in I Am Legend, a remake of the Charlton Heston film Omega Man, which was again very well received. He then appeared in movies like Winter`s Tale (2014), and Suicide Squad (2016). His second and last 2016 release includes the American drama film Collateral Beauty. His other releases include Aladdin (2019), Gemini Man (2019), Spies In Disguise (2019) and Bad Boys for Life (2020).
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Did You Know? (11)

  • Will Smith had already gained a height of 6` 2" when he was 13 years old.
  • Smith earned the nickname Prince in his family as a result of him being able to charm his way out of trouble. The nickname later went on to inspire his rap handle `Fresh Prince`.
  • Smith attempted method acting for the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation but found it very difficult to break out of character once the movie was done. Since then he stays away from the process.
  • Will Smith was a millionaire before he turned 20 years old.
  • Smith claims that one of his biggest regrets is turning down the role of Neo in The Matrix (1999) in favour of Wild Wild West (1999).
  • Smith is a huge fan of football, which is why starring in Concussion (2015), a movie about a degenerative brain disease in pro footballers, was difficult for him. But his responsibility as a parent trumped his passion for the sport.
  • Will Smith initially rejected the role of the Genie in the live-action remake of Aladdin (2019), because he didn`t think he could fill Robin Williams` shoes. Ultimately the film`s music inspired him to take up the role.
  • Will Smith has the unique talent of being able to solve a Rubik`s Cube. He even solved one on live TV in under 55 seconds.
  • Incorporated into most of his films, Smith has his own catchphrase - `Aw, hell no!` He was first heard using it in Independence Day (1996).
  • Will Smith was the first guest on The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon took over as host.
  • Will Smith has the unique talent of being able to solve a Rubik`s Cube. He even solved one on live TV in under 55 seconds.
  • Personal Quotes (13)

  • "My biggest emotional defeat and the greatest emotional pain I've had as an actor was when 'Wild Wild West' opened up to $52 million. The movie wasn't good. And it hurt so bad to be the No. 1 movie, to open at $52 million and to know the movie wasn't good."
  • "It's a whole different thing being an actor. A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are. You make yourself a different person. You become a different person."
  • "I really believe that a man and a woman together, raising a family, is the purest form of happiness we can experience."
  • "Give me a problem, I'll give you a solution. I just love living. That's a feeling you can't fake. I'm glad every single day. I think that even the camera can feel that I'm a happy man."
  • "I'm above average in talent, but where I think I excel is psychotic drive. All I need is for somebody to say I can't do something and this crazy switch inside me makes me attack whatever I'm doing. Psychotic drive is where I excel over people that are probably more naturally gifted."
  • "Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity."
  • "Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too."
  • "The first step is you have to say that you can."
  • "I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation."
  • "If you're not willing to work hard, let someone else do it. I'd rather be with someone who does a horrible job, but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%."
  • "For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie."
  • "I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix'."
  • "The first time that I performed as an actor was the first day on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'"
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