Will Smith

Will Smith
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Smith in 2019
Born
Willard Carroll Smith II

(1968-09-25) September 25, 1968 (age 53)
Other namesThe Fresh Prince
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)
Sheree Zampino (m. 1992–1995)

Children3, including Jaden and Willow
Parent(s)Willard Carroll Smith, Sr.
Caroline Bright
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Actor, producer, rapper
Labels
Websitewww.willsmith.com
Signature
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Willard Carroll Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer and rapper.[1] He got his start as part of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.[2] He became an actor when he starred on the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Will Smith, a teenager from Philadelphia sent to live with his rich relatives in Southern California. He has appeared in many movies including Independence Day, Men in Black, Ali, Wild Wild West, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, and in Suicide Squad.

In 2022, he won a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for his role as Richard Williams in the 2021 drama movie King Richard. He is the first rapper to win an acting Oscar.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. They have three children, including Jaden and Willow.

At the 94th Academy Awards in March 2022, Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada's, bald head.[4] Smith was criticized for his violent reaction and on April 1, 2022 Smith resigned his membership from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and said he would support any punishment by the academy.[5] Smith has been prohibited, for 10 years, from being at the Oscar ceremonies.[6]

Filmography[change | change source]

Title Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes
Where the Day Takes You 1992 Manny Marc Rocco
Made in America 1993 Tea Cake Walters Richard Benjamin
Six Degrees of Separation 1993 Paul Fred Schepisi
Bad Boys 1995 Mike Lowrey Michael Bay
Independence Day 1996 Capt. Steven Hiller Roland Emmerich
Men in Black 1997 James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J
[a]
Barry Sonnenfeld
Enemy of the State 1998 Robert Clayton Dean Tony Scott
Wild Wild West 1999 Captain James West Barry Sonnenfeld
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 Bagger Vance Robert Redford
Ali 2001 Muhammad Ali Michael Mann
Showtime 2002 Tom Dey Executive producer
Men in Black II 2002 James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J[a]
Barry Sonnenfeld
Bad Boys II 2003 Mike Lowrey Michael Bay
Ride or Die 2003 Craig Ross Jr. Executive producer
Jersey Girl 2004 Himself Kevin Smith Cameo
I, Robot 2004 Detective Del Spooner Alex Proyas Executive producer
The Seat Filler 2004 Nick Castle Executive producer
Saving Face 2004 Alice Wu Producer
Shark Tale 2004 Oscar Vicky Jenson
Bibo Bergeron
Rob Letterman
Voice role
Hitch 2005 Alex "Hitch" Hitchens Andy Tennant Producer
ATL 2006 Chris Robinson Producer
The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 Chris Gardner Gabriele Muccino Producer
Bee Movie 2007 Mooseblood the Mosquito Simon J. Smith
Steve Hickner
Voice role
I Am Legend 2007 Robert Neville Francis Lawrence
Hancock 2008 John Hancock Peter Berg Producer
The Human Contract 2008 Jada Pinkett Smith Executive producer
The Secret Life of Bees 2008 Gina Prince-Bythewood Producer
Lakeview Terrace 2008 Neil LaBute Producer
Seven Pounds 2008 Tim Thomas Gabriele Muccino Producer
The Karate Kid 2010 Harald Zwart Producer
This Means War 2012 McG Producer
Men in Black 3 2012 James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J[a]
Barry Sonnenfeld
After Earth 2013 Cypher Raige M. Night Shyamalan Writer (story)
producer
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 ESPN Reporter Adam McKay Cameo
Winter's Tale 2014 Lucifer Akiva Goldsman Cameo
Annie 2014 Will Gluck Producer
Focus 2015 Nicky Spurgeon Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Concussion 2015 Bennet Omalu Peter Landesman
Suicide Squad 2016 Floyd Lawton / Deadshot[a] David Ayer
Collateral Beauty 2016 Howard Inlet David Frankel
Bright 2017 Daryl Ward David Ayer
Student of the Year 2 2019 Himself Punit Malhotra Hindi film
Cameo
Aladdin 2019 Genie Guy Ritchie
The Good Place 2019 Henry Brogan / Junior Ang Lee
Spies in Disguise Films that have not yet been released 2019 Lance Sterling Nick Bruno
Troy Quane
Voice role; post-production
Bad Boys for Life Films that have not yet been released 2020 Mike Lowrey Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Post-production
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Smith played a character with two different names in this film.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Smith's Hitch tops US box office". 14 February 2005.
  2. "DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince". Discogs.
  3. Grein, Paul (March 28, 2022). "30 Milestones in Hip-Hop Awards History: Will Smith, Lauryn Hill & More". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 29, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  4. Whelan, Robbie (March 27, 2022). "Will Smith Takes to Oscar Stage, Appears to Strike Chris Rock After Joke About Jada Pinkett Smith". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on March 29, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  5. Tangcay, Jazz; Tangcay, Jazz (2022-04-02). "Here's What Will Smith's Resignation From the Academy Means". Variety. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  6. https://www.vg.no/rampelys/i/oWa4Jg/will-smith-utestenges-fra-oscar-seremoniene-de-neste-ti-aarene. VG.no

Other websites[change | change source]