Will Smith is an award-winning American actor, rapper and producer best known for his work in hits like “Men In Black,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and more.
Will has been nominated for five Golden Globes and two Academy Awards for his work in film and TV. He has won four Grammy Awards. He is the only actor to have eight of his films gross more than $100 million in the domestic box office back-to-back as well as 11 consecutive films earn more than $150 million internationally and eight consecutive films open at the number one spot at the domestic box office.
Will Smith, originally known as William Carroll Smith Jr., was born on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to mother Caroline, a school administrator, and Willard, a veteran and engineer. He has three siblings: an older sister named Pamela and two younger siblings, Harry and Ellen.
As of July 2020, Will has 47.4 million followers on Instagram, 77 million followers on Facebook, 8.48 million subscribers on YouTube and 31.2 million followers on TikTok.
Will Smith started his career in high school as the MC of hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with his childhood friend. Will had one of his friends join the group and the hip-hop group released their first single in 1985 called “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble.” The single became a hit before Will had even graduated, and the young rapper became known for lighter raps that told stories without profanity.
Jive Records and Russell Simons took an interest in the group. Their first album, “Rock the House,” was released a few years later and earned the group their Grammy award for Best Rap Performance. They earned their second Grammy with “Summertime” in 1991, one of their most successful singles that charted.
Will underpaid his taxes 1988 and 1989 and the IRS came after him, assessing a tax debt over 2 million dollars. In response, they garnished his wage and took many of his possessions.
It was at this time that NBC signed Will to a contract and built the new show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” around him. The successful TV show remains popular to this day and launched his acting career.
Following the success of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Will had a number of movie roles: “Six Degrees of Separation” in 1993, “Bad Boys” in 1995 and “Independence Day” in 1995. The later two films became commercially successful and elevated his status as an actor.
In 1997, Will Smith starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the movie “Men in Black,” which became one of the highest-grossing films of the year. In addition, it received positive praise from many critics. At the same time,
Will launched his solo music career with the single “Men in Black.” It became one of the first singles off his upcoming album, “Big Willie Style,” which was certified platinum nine times and topped the charts. The album also featured “Gettin Jiggy wit It,” a popular song.
Over the next few years, Will starred in a number of films, including “Focus,” “Suicide Squad,” “Bright,” the live-action adaptation of “Aladdin” and more. The same month that “Bright” launched on Netflix in 2017, Will released his new song “Get Lit” and launched his own YouTube channel, which has since grown to millions of subscribers.
Over the course of his career, Will has grown all his social media channels to millions of followers. Most recently, he joined TikTok and quickly grew to one of the most-followed celebrities on Instagram, and one of the most followed traditional celebrities on the platform.
In regards to his personal life, Will Sith married Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997 following a divorce from his first wife, Sheree Zampino. They have three kids: Trey, Jaden and Willow.
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