Will Smith’s BiographyWill Smith is an ordinary guy from Philadelphia, who managed to get tremendously successful twice: in the mid ’80s, when he pioneered in the genre of comic hip-hop and ten years later, when he gained worldwide recognition of his acting from the audience and critics, alike. He has starred in such modern Hollywood classics as "Independence Day", "Men in Black", "Bad Boys", "I, Robot", "I Am Legend", "The Pursuit of Happiness", "Hancock" and various other notable films. Will was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: in 2002 for portraying a heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, in 2007 for his role in "The Pursuit of Happiness" and in 2020 for his role in "King Richard". Third time was lucky and Will got his first Oscar award. His estimated net worth is $350 million.
ChildhoodWill Smith is a second child of a school board administrator and a refrigeration engineer. His school buddies used to call him «Prince», due to his natural charisma and the gift of the gab, and that nickname stuck with the boy for quite a long time.
Rap CareerWill, together with his childhood best friend, Jeffrey Townes, started a band, called «DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince». All the band’s songs were written by Will Smith and not even one of them had any kind of foul language. That’s why their albums were freely available to kids (meaning they could buy them without parent permission) and that’s what led this music duo to significant commercial success. On the other hand, musicians, who performed a gangsta rap, made fun of «DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince», who as they thought, made sappy music for little girls.
Acting CareerWill Smith got his live-saving chance with NBC’s proposal to star in a sitcom «The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air». He was offered a role, very similar to his own life – the actor portrayed an ordinary Philadelphia-native guy, who moved to the Beverly Hills neighborhood, a go-to for all the celebrities.
«Independence Day» and other notable filmsSince then Will’s popularity only went up, as he became a household name in the middle of the ’90s. In 1996 he portrayed a brave Captain Steven Hiller in a science fiction action film «Independence Day».
Will Smith’s Personal LifeWill has been married to Sheree Zampino for three years before their divorce in 1995. They have a son together – Willard Christopher Smith III, who preferred to stay with his mother after the divorce was settled.
Will Smith NowIn September 2021, "King Richard " sport drama about Richard Williams and his young daughters and future world tennis stars Serena and Venus was released.
Smith was nominated for Oscar awards for his role in "King Richard" as best male actor. In March 2020, the ceremony took place and not without an incident. Show host Chris Rock made a joke about the "unusually short haircut" of Will's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. He compared Jada with Demi Moore’s character in "G.I. Jane". Without any word, Smith came on the stage and hit Chris in his face. The hit definitely was painful, but Rock turned everything into a joke.