He was born on September 25, 1968, making Willard Carroll "Will" Smith II an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He's made it big in the worlds of film, television, and music. The April 2007 issue of Newsweek dubbed him "Hollywood's most influential actor." Smith has won four Grammys and been nominated for five Golden Globes. He also has two Oscar and one Tony nomination. Smith, performing as The Fresh Prince, became a semi-famous rapper in the 1980s. Starting in 1990, when he starred on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he saw a huge surge in his fan base. After airing for six seasons on NBC (1990–1996), the show has been regularly rebroadcast via syndication. Smith made the transition from television to film after the series ended, and went on to star in a string of critically acclaimed hits. Eight of the films in which he has appeared have opened at number one in the domestic box office, and he is the only actor in history to have accomplished this feat. Eleven of his films have grossed over $150 million internationally. Forbes has named Smith the world's most marketable actor. To date, as of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has starred have earned over $100 million worldwide, with five of those films earning over $500 million. His filmography as of 2014 has earned Over billion at international theaters. Both Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Smith is the son of Caroline (Bright), who worked as an administrator for the Philadelphia school board, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. He was born in West Philadelphia. an expert in cooling systems His family moved to the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia when he was young, and he was raised there as a Baptist. Pamela, his older sister, is four years his senior, while Harry and Ellen, identical twins, are only two years younger. Smith went to the Catholic elementary school Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia. When he was 13, his parents began living separately, but they didn't officially divorce until the year 2000. Smith was a student at Overbrook High. Contrary to popular belief, Smith did not reject a scholarship to MIT because he "wanted to rap instead." Smith never applied to college because he "wanted to rap instead." Smith claims that he was accepted into a "pre-engineering [summer] program" at MIT aimed at high school students, but he ultimately decided against enrolling. Smith says, "My mom, who worked for the Philadelphia School Board, knew someone who worked in admissions at MIT. I had decent SAT scores, and they were actively recruiting black students at the time. But I never intended to pursue higher education. With his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes serving as producer and Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) providing the human beat box, Will Smith first gained recognition as the MC of the hip-hop group DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The three members were famous for their humorous, radio-friendly songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime." They were the first group to win a Grammy in the Rap category, and they did so in 1988. In 1988 and 1989, Smith squandered a lot of money and failed to pay his full income tax obligation. The IRS eventually levied a $2 Smith had an million tax debt, so the government seized his assets and garnished his wages. In 1990, Smith was on the verge of bankruptcy before NBC offered him a contract and created the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air around him. Success on the show launched his acting career. Smith decided he would become "the biggest movie star in the world" by learning the secrets to commercial success. The first prominent roles Smith had were opposite Martin Lawrence in the 1993 drama Six Degrees of Separation and the 1995 action film Bad Boys. The 1996 film Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich, featured Smith as part of an ensemble cast. Smith was immediately established as a major box office draw, and the film became the second highest grossing film of all time. Later, in 1997, he starred as Agent J in the summer blockbuster Men in Black, costarring Tommy Lee Jones. Starring alongside Gene Hackman, Smith co-starred in 1998's Enemy of the State. To star in Wild Wild West (1999), he passed up the role of Neo in The Matrix. Smith has stated that he has no remorse over his decision, claiming that Keanu Reeves' performance as Neo was superior to what Smith himself would have achieved, despite the failure of Wild Wild West. although he admitted he "made a mistake on Wild Wild West" in interviews conducted after the film's initial release Maybe if they had done this or that, it would have been better For his efforts in 2005, Smith was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Plans for him to star in a big-screen adaptation of the '90s TV show It Takes a Thief have been in the works for some time. Smith was honored at the Hollywood landmark Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 10th, 2007. Smith, in front of a crowd of adoring fans, pressed his hands and feet into the sidewalk outside of the historic theater. Smith's next film, I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, was released on December 14, 2007 In spite of mixed reviews, it had the biggest opening weekend of any December release in the United States. According to Smith, the movie is "aggressively unique." Reviewer: "[Smith's] standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood has been firmly established" For a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008, TV Guide reported on December 1 that Smith had been chosen as one of America's top ten most fascinating people of 2008. In 2008, rumors circulated that Smith was writing the script for a movie called The Last Pharaoh, in which he would play Taharqa. Smith's breakout role as a superhero came in the 2008 film Hancock. Smith reprised his role as Agent J in Men in Black III, which premiered on May 25, 2012. After four years, this was his first leading role. As of the 19th of August, 2011, it was reported that Smith and producer La Mar Edwards were back in the studio working on his fifth studio album. Edwards's resume includes stints with T I Chris Brown, The Game, and the other guys Lost and Found, Smith's most recent studio album, came out in 2005. Both the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness and the 2013 science fiction film After Earth featured Smith and his son Jaden in the roles of father and son. Smith co-starred with Margot Robbie in the love story Focus. In the role of Nicky Spurgeon, a seasoned con man who takes in a beautiful young woman, he displayed a range of charismatic acting skills. On February 27, 2015, Focus hit shelves. Smith was supposed to play the lead role in the science fiction thriller Brilliance, adapted by Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp from Marcus Sakey's novel of the same name. However, he suddenly abandoned the work. Instead of Dr. Characterized by Bennet Omalu, Ph.D., of the Brain Injury Research Institute in the film Concussion, Omalu was the first to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of a professional football player. Traumatic brain injury can cause a degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is only diagnosed post mortem. Smith's participation is largely attributable to his late withdrawal from the science fiction suspense drama Brilliance. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Concussion was directed by Peter Landesman and shot entirely in the city. It was given $14. With Pennsylvania's $4 million in film tax credits, you can make your next blockbuster. On October 27, 2014, principal photography began. His wife was portrayed by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Consultant Omalu In the upcoming indie drama Collateral Beauty, directed by David Frankel, Smith will play the lead role as of November 2015. Smith is cast as a New York City advertising executive who falls into a deep depression following a personal tragedy. Attending the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11, 2009, in Oslo, Norway with his family (wife Jada, children Jaden and Willow). When Smith wed Zampino in 1992, she was a model named Sheree. On November 11th, 1992, their son Trey Smith was born, and by 1995, the couple had split up. As a child, Trey made an appearance in his dad's music video for the song "Just the Two of Us," which was released in 1998. In addition to those appearances, he also had small roles in two episodes of the sitcom All of Us and guest starred on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV special. On December 22, 1997, Smith wed Jada Koren Pinkett, an actress. Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who played his daughter in I Am Legend, and Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), who appeared with him in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth. Treyball Development Inc. is owned by Smith and his brother Harry. , Trey Anastasios-named business in Beverly Hills Smith and his family are current residents of the Los Angeles area.
For several years, Smith appeared on Fortune's "Richest 40" list of the fortieth and fortieth richest Americans under the age of fortieth.