Will Smith is an American actor, rapper, and producer born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a middle-class family with his mother, father, and three siblings. As a child, he showed an interest in music and began rapping at age 12 with his childhood friend, DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Early Life of Will Smith
In 1985, Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff released their first album, “Rock the House,” which went gold. They continued to produce hit records and won their first Grammy award in 1989 for the single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Smith also began to dabble in acting, appearing in the television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which aired from 1990 to 1996.
In 1992, Smith made his feature film debut in the drama “Where the Day Takes You.” He went on to star in the blockbuster hit “Independence Day” in 1996, which solidified his status as a Hollywood leading man. He also starred in the highly successful “Men in Black” film franchise, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office.
Smith’s Acting Career at It’s Peak
Smith’s acting career continued to soar throughout the 2000s, with notable performances in “Ali,” where he portrayed the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the sci-fi thriller “I, Robot” and the romantic comedy “Hitch.”
Smith In the World of Music
In addition to his acting career, Smith continued to release music, with hits such as “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” and “Wild Wild West.” He also produced several films, including “Hitch,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and “The Karate Kid.”
Smith has been recognized for his contributions to both music and film, receiving numerous awards throughout his career, including four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and four NAACP Image Awards. He has also been named one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood by Forbes magazine.
Life as A Social Worker
Off screen, Smith is known for his philanthropic work, supporting causes such as education and clean water initiatives in impoverished countries. He is also a vocal advocate for mental health awareness.
Smith is married to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, and they have two children together, Jaden and Willow. Smith also has a son, Trey, from his previous marriage.