Biography ,works and achievement of will smith
Willard Carroll Smith. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor and rapper. In April 2007, Newsweek called him “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards , and has won four Grammy Awards . In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince . In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , which ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film and went on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.
Smith was born on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania to Caroline (née Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith Sr., a U.S. Air Force veteran and refrigeration engineer. He grew up in West Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist . He has an elder sister named Pamela and two younger siblings, twins Harry and Ellen. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000. Smith attended Overbrook High School. While it has been widely reported that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he never applied to college because he “wanted to rap.” Smith says he was admitted to a “pre-engineering [summer] program” at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, “My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids , so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college.”
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. Townes and Smith were introduced to each other by chance in 1985, as Townes was performing at a house party only a few doors down from Smith’s residence, and he was missing his hype man . Smith decided to fill in. They both felt strong chemistry, and Townes was upset when his hype man finally made it to the party. Soon after, the two decided to join forces. Smith enlisted a friend to join as the beatboxer of the group, Clarence Holmes (Ready Rock C), making them a trio. Philadelphia-based Word Up Records released their first single in late 1985 to 1986 when A&R man Paul Oakenfold introduced them to Word Up with their single ” Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble ,” a tale of funny misadventures that landed Smith and his former DJ and rap partner Mark Forrest (Lord Supreme) in trouble. The song sampled the theme song of “I Dream of Jeannie .” Smith became known for light-hearted story-telling raps and capable, though profanity-free, “battle” rhymes. The single became a hit a month before Smith graduated from high school.
Based on this success, the duo were brought to the attention of Jive Records and Russell Simmons. The duo’s first album, Rock the House, which was first released on Word Up in 1986 debuted on Jive in March 1987. The group received the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for ” Parents Just Don’t Understand ” (1988), though their most successful single was “Summertime” (1991), which earned the group their second Grammy and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 . Smith and Townes are still friends and claim that they never split up, having made songs under Smith’s solo performer credit.
Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was struggling financially in 1990, when 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 began his acting career. Smith set for himself the goal of becoming “the biggest movie star in the world”, studying box office successes ‘ common characteristics.
In 1989, Smith was arrested in relation to an alleged assault on his record promoter, William Hendricks, but all charges were dismissed. 1993–1997: Solo music and film breakthrough 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 $141,407,024 worldwide – $65,807,024 in North America and $75,600,000 overseas. 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 summer of 1997, he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the hit Men in Black , playing Agent J . The film was released on July 2 by Columbia Pictures and grossed over $589.3 million worldwide against a $90 million budget, becoming the year’s third highest-grossing film, with an estimated 54,616,700 tickets sold in the US.  It received worldwide acclaim, with critics highly praising its humor, 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. “Men in Black” (and second single ” Just Cruisin’ “) was later included on Smith’s debut solo album Big Willie Style, which reached the top ten of the US
Billboard 200 and was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The third single from the album, ” Gettin’ Jiggy wit It “, became Smith’s first Billboard Hot 100 number one when it was released in 1998.
Before the end of 1999, a video album was released featuring Smith’s seven music videos released to date, which reached number 25 on the UK Music Video Chart. The same year, the rapper was also featured on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Tatyana Ali ‘s single “Boy You Knock Me Out”, which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and topped the UK R&B Singles Chart . Smith 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. In 2002, following a four-year musical hiatus, Smith returned with his third album Born to Reign , which reached number 13 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album’s lead single was the theme song from Smith’s film Men in Black II , called ” Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head) “, which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.
Smith’s latest Lost and Found was released in 2005, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200. Lead single “Switch ” reached the top ten of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in a 24-hour time span. Smith and his son Jaden played father and son in the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness In the film Smith portrays Chris Gardner . Smith first became interested in making a film about Gardner after seeing him on 20/20 and connected with him during production. The film, along with Smith’s performance, received praise.–present: mixed success and re-emergence in music
Smith starred opposite Margot Robbie in the romance drama Focus . He played Nicky Spurgeon, a veteran con artist who takes a young, attractive woman under his wing. Focus was released on February 27, 2015. 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
Smith performed the soccer 2018 World Cup’s official song ” Live It Up ” His film Bright was distributed via Netflix on December 22, 2017. An urban fantasy, it was the most expensive film for Netflix to date. Smith performed the official song ” Live It Up ” alongside American singer Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi at the closing ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia . That September Smith appeared, alongside Bad Bunny, on the Marc Anthony song Está Rico . Gemini Man , released on October 11, 2019. Later that year, Smith had his second starring role in an animated film, in Spies in Disguise , opposite Tom Holland. Smith voiced Lance Sterling, a spy who teams up with the nerdy inventor who creates his gadgets (Holland). The film was released on December 25, 2019. In 2020, he reteamed with Martin Lawrence for the third film in their franchise, Bad Boys for Life , which has grossed almost $200m in the United States.
Smith was raised in a Baptist household and attended a Catholic school. In a 2013 interview, he did not identify as religious; however, in 2015 Smith said in an interview with The Christian Post that his Christian faith, which was instilled in him by his grandmother, helped him to accurately portray his role as Bennet Omalu in Concussion saying, “She was my spiritual teacher, she was that grandmother at the church, the one having the kids doing the Easter presentations and putting on the Christmas plays and her kids and grandkids had to be first.
Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. Their son Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III was born on November 11, 1992. They divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father’s music video for the 1998 single “Just the Two of Us “. He also acted in two episodes of the sitcom All of Us , and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV special. Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997. Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth; and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Smith and his brother Harry own Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills -based company named after Trey. Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles , California . In 2018, Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by performing a bungee jump from a helicopter in the Grand Canyon . Smith was insured by Lloyd’s of London for $200 million for the jump which raised money for the charity Global Citizen.