Will Smith, a rapper, actor, and producer, will be featured in this blog. His net worth is $240 million coming from his humble beginnings.
Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars in the world and is a true Hollywood force to be reckoned with. He has made a number of movies with director and friend Steven Spielberg. These three movies, the Men in Black series, Independence Day, and I am Legend, are his most successful movies.
This blog covers more about him.
Will is a globally recognized celebrity known for his acting and being a musician, producer, rapper, and philanthropist.
Willard Carroll Smith II, professionally known as Will Smith with the stage name Fresh Prince, was born on September 25, 1968.
Smith works with the charity organization Clinton Foundation and runs a production company, Overbrook Entertainment.
The Rise to Fame of Will Smith
One of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, Will Smith, has achieved and held several box office records.
Will is noted for his work in music, television, and film. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali and starred in the blockbuster films Bad Boys (1995) and Independence Day (1996).
Will first garnered recognition as part of a hip hop duo, releasing five studio albums with the United States Billboard Hot 100 top 20 singles “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” “A Nightmare on My Street,” “Summertime,” and “Ring My Bell” from 1984-1994.
Will achieved wider fame in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He then starred in some box office movies:
- Bad Boys (1995)
- Bad Boys II (2003)
- Bad Boys for Life (2020)
- Men in Black (1997)
- Men in Black II (2002)
- Men in Black 3 (2012)
- Independence Day (1996)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Ali (2001)
- I, Robot (2004)
- Shark Tale (2004)
- Hitch (2005)
- Hancock (2008)
- Seven Pounds (2008)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Concussion (2015)
- Suicide Squad (2016)
- Aladdin (2019)
- King Richard (2021)
His portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the movie Ali earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
His second Academy Award nomination is for The Pursuit of Happyness, and I Am Legend.
He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in his portrayal of Richard Williams in the film King Richard, making him the first rapper to win an acting Oscar.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
Will Smith was married twice. His first marriage was to Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had a son, Willard Carrol “Trey” Smith III. In 1995, Will and Sheree got divorced.
Will’s son, Trey, appeared in Will’s music video, “Just the Two of Us,” and had acted in two episodes of All of Us.
In December 1997, Will married his fellow actor, Jada Koren Pinkett.
Will and Jada met at an audition for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada auditioned as Will’s character’s girlfriend.
Will and Jada have produced a number of films in their joint production company, Overbrook Entertainment and Westbrook Inc.
The couple has two children, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith and Willow Camille Reign Smith. Jaden became Will’s co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth, while Willow appeared as his daughter in the film I Am Legend.
Will and Jada have an unconventional marriage and jokingly mention that it was a bad marriage for life. The couple admitted to having extramarital relationships.
Will mentioned he wanted a polyamorous relationship with actress Halle Berry, and ballerina Misty Copeland, though the idea didn’t happen after therapy.
Here are best photos of Will Smith with his wife Jada Pinkett.
Will Smith’s Oscar Controversy
33 years after Will Smith became the first musician to win a Grammy for the best rap album, he faced backlash at the Academy Awards. Chris Rock, the Oscar presenter, made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, during the award ceremony. Will responded by slapping Chris and shouting at him.
Will resigned from the academy and was banned from attending for 10 years.