Personal Info - Awards - Film Credits - Biography
Born: 25 September 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Name: Willard Christopher Smith Jr.
• I, Robot (2004): $28,000,000
• Bad Boys II (2003): $20,000,000 + 20% of the gross
• Men in Black II (2002): $20,000,000 + 10% Gross
• Ali (2001): $20,000,000
• The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000): $10,000,000
• Wild Wild West (1999): $7,000,000
• Enemy of the State (1998): $14,000,000
• Men in Black (1997): $5,000,000
• Independence Day (1996): $5,000,000
• Bad Boys (1995): $2,000,000
• Six Degrees of Separation (1993): $500,000
• Made in America (1993): $100,000
• Where the Day Takes You (1992): $50,000
• Creative Artists Agency
• Overbrook Entertainment (management)
Academy Awards, USA
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ali (2001)
Another 27 wins & 42 nominations
Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an Academy Award nominated American actor, multiple Grammy winning hip hop artist, and comedian. He is one of a small group of people who have enjoyed huge success in all the three major entertainment media in the United States: film, television, and the music industry.
ATL - Producer 2006
Hitch - Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, Producer 2005
Saving Face - Producer 2004
Shark Tale - Oscar (voice) 2004
The Seat Filler - Executive Producer 2004
I, Robot - Del Spooner, Executive Producer 2004
Stuck on You - Special Thanks 2003
Bad Boys II - Detective Mike Lowrey 2003
Malibu's Most Wanted - Soundtrack 2003
Men in Black II - Agent Jay, Soundtrack 2002
Showtime - Executive Producer 2002
Ali - Cassius Clay/Cassius X/Muhammad Ali 2001
The Legend of Bagger Vance - Bagger Vance 2000
Men in Black Alien Attack (short) - Agent J 2000
Wild Wild West - Capt. James West, Soundtrack 1999
Enemy of the State - Robert Clayton Dean 1998
The Parent Trap - Soundtrack (writer: "Parents Just Don't Understand") 1998
Men in Black - James Edwards/Agent J (Jay)/"Slick", Soundtrack 1997
Independence Day - Captain Steven Hiller 1996
Bad Boys - Det. Mike Lowrey 1995
Six Degrees of Separation - Paul 1993
Made in America - Tea Cake Walters, Zora's Boyfriend, Soundtrack ("Dance or Die") 1993
Where the Day Takes You - Manny 1992
Sentinelle, La - Composer (song "D.J. Jazzy Jeff") (as W. Smith) 1992
Will Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through his cut-up behavior, he had already obtained the nickname "fresh prince" in high school. He is a graduate of Overbrook High School. He decided to skip college, a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to pursue a career as an MC.
He 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. The duo was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime." They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988).
Smith was nearing bankruptcy when in 1990, the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, around him. The show was successful and launched his acting career.
Although he made a notable dramatic film debut in Six Degrees of Separation (in which he played against type as a gay con man) while still appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith's film career took off with his role in Bad Boys (1995) along with co-star Martin Lawrence.
After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended in 1996, Smith began a successful solo music career while simultaneously starring in a series of films. The first two films were hugely successful summer blockbusters: Independence Day (1996), in which he played a fearless and confident fighter pilot, and Men in Black (1997), where he played the comic and confident Agent J against Tommy Lee Jones's deadpan Agent K. Smith's acting in Men in Black won critical praise. The two films established Smith's commercial reputation as a bankable star whose appeal across age, race, and gender lines could "open" a film at the box office.
Lead roles in Enemy of the State, Wild Wild West, Ali, Men in Black II, Bad Boys II and I, Robot then followed. His most recent film is 2005's Hitch. Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali.
Smith also released a string of hit singles, often associated with his most recent film, throughout the late 1990s. The most notable of these were his #1 hit theme song "Men in Black," the #1 hit "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (which made jiggy a catchphrase for a while in 1998), and a cover of "Just the Two of Us," an affectionate message to his young son. His first two solo albums went platinum, but his third, on Columbia Records, was a sales disappointment compared to his past efforts, and after a quick Greatest Hits release that was almost not advertised at all, he was dropped by the label. He signed a recording contract with Interscope Records and released the successful Lost & Found in 2005. The album was propelled solely on the smash hit single, "Switch," which appealed to the mainstream ala "Summertime." The single stayed atop the charts for months and returned Smith to the forefront of Hip Hop.
On July 2, 2005, Smith served as host for the Live 8 concert in his native Philadelphia before an enormous crowd, and later performed a set with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Smith also produced "All of Us", a program based on his love life, in 2005.
Smith married Sharee Zampino in 1992. They had a son, Willard Christopher III, also known as "Trey", but divorced in 1995. Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre (born 1998) and Willow Camille Reign (born 2000). Along with his brother, Harry Smith, he owns Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after his first son. He has been consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40.
Will Smith has been criticized for his lip service to his home town of Philadelphia, PA. Several of his songs talk about parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, and he maintains a home in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Main Line suburbs. While he has spoken over the years about how much he loves the city and how much he wants to give back, none of his proposed ventures in the city of Philadelphia have ever been adopted. He has proposed opening a restaurant, several upscale bars, and a community center in Philadelphia which have never seen development.
It was rumored that production on Men in Black 3 would begin sometime in 2006, with the film set for release in 2007, a decade after the first film, Men in Black. However, in a recent edition of Variety, Smith denied these claims.
Will Smith is also planned to star in a feature film remake television series of It Takes a Thief.
He recently bought a vacation home in Stockholm, Sweden.
He had to learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube in Pursuit of Happyness, and was taught by cube champions Tyson Mao, his brother Toby Mao, and Lars Petrus.