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Will Smith Bio, Age, Family & Net Worth

Will Smith Biography

Willard Carroll Smith II, popularly known as Will Smith, is an American actor, rapper, and producer. Asides from being one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, he’s known for his role as the Fresh Prince in the 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Will Smith Early Life and Childhood

Will Smith Early Life and Childhood

Will was born on September 25, 1968 (age 54), to parents Caroline (Bright), a school board administrator, and Willard Smith, a refrigeration engineer and a US Air Force army veteran.

He was raised in West Philadelphia in the Wynnefield neighborhood and was the first of the couple’s three children, although he has two older half-sisters from both parents, Pamela. He attended a private catholic elementary school, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Overbrook High School.

His brief musical career as a rapper was born when he began rapping at age 12.

Throughout high school, he frequently wrote rap songs and engaged in rap battles in the neighborhood.

At age 13, his parents separated, but it wasn’t until 2000 that they divorced.

Will Smith Career

Before becoming a TV and movie star, Smith had a career in rap music.

He started his rap career as the MC of the hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffery Townes, popularly known as Jazzy Jeff, being the producer, and they released their first single, Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble in 1986.

Their album Rock The House followed after, and in 1989, they won the first Grammy award for the rap category for Parents Don’t Just Understand and another Grammy for Summertime, released in 1991.

Despite his success, Smith’s reckless spending habits led to a $2.8 million tax debt to the IRS for unpaid income taxes, drying up his finances.

In 1990, his acting career was launched when NBC signed him to a contract, allowing him to play the fictional role of his character on the popular sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The success of the show and his performance in it drove Smith to aspire for more prominent roles in the movie industry, and his dream of becoming the biggest movie star in Hollywood was born. This led him to study box office success and very successful movie stars to replicate their success.

Smith’s first significant role was in Six Degrees of Separation, where he starred as a con man, disguising himself as an upper-class citizen to garner favor from the rich.

The movie’s box office performance was underwhelming, but two years later, Smith starred in Bad Boys along with co-star Martin Lawrence and the film was a commercial success.

In 1996, Smith starred in Independence Day, the year’s top-grossing movie, further establishing his star power. He got another box office hit in 1997 when he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the sci-fi comedy Men in Black. The film was hugely successful, being the third highest-grossing movie of the year and receiving critical acclaim.

1997 also saw Smith launch his solo music career. He released Men in Black, a theme song for the movie released earlier, and the song won him a Grammy for the Best Rap Solo Performance in 1998.

He also released his debut solo album Big Willie Style, which charted top ten on Billboard 200, and the album contained the hit single Getting Jiggy With It, which ranked #1 on Billboard Hot 100.

In 1998, he starred in Enemy of the State and the following year, in Wild, Wild West, turning down the role of Neo in Matrix. The year saw him release his second studio album, Willenium, with a Wild, Wild West theme song as the lead single. The album was a success. He also featured in Boy You Knock Me Out, a hit single by co-star Tatyana Ali.

In 2001, Smith starred in Ali, where he portrayed heavyweight boxer Mohammed Ali, earning him an Academy Award. The following year, he released his third album, Born to Reign.

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In 2003, Smith starred in Bad Boys II, which success at the Box Office despite poor public reception. The following year, he starred in I, Robot, and Shark Tale’s animated movie.

In 2006, his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. The following year, he played the role of a scientist in I am Legend.

His first superhero role came in 2008 when he starred in Hancock. That same year, he starred in Seven Pounds. Four years later, his next significant role came in Men in Black III, the franchise’s highest-grossing movie.

In 2013, Smith starred alongside his son Jaden Smith in After Earth. The film turned out to be a flop at the Box Office with much public criticism. Smith referred to it as the ‘most painful failure’ in his career and subsequently took a break from acting for a year and a half.

His next role was alongside star Margot Robbie in Focus in 2015. That same year, he starred in Concussion as a forensic pathologist researching brain degeneration by professional football players.

In 2016, he starred as Deadshot in DC’s Suicide Squad, and later that year, he starred in Collateral Beauty, which received much public criticism and made the lowest opening of his career. His next movie Bright also saw much public criticism.

His next significant role was as the Genie in Aladdin. The movie was a huge Box Office success and Smith’s highest-grossing film. In 2019, he starred in Gemini Man, a Box Office failure and heavily criticized by the public.

In 2020, he and Martin Lawrence teamed up for Bad Boys for Life, the third movie in the franchise. In 2021, he released his memoir Will, which he wrote with the help of author Mark Manson.

Later that year, he starred in King Richard, a film based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams, where Smith played the role of their father, Richard Williams. He won three Academy Awards for his performance in the movie.

Will Smith Family

Will Smith Family

Will Smith has four siblings, an older half-sister, Pam, two younger twin siblings, Harry Smith and Ellen, and a younger half-sister Ashley Pettway Smith.

He is the father of three children, Willard Carroll Trey Smith, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, and Willow Camille Reign Smith, and he is married to Jada Pinkett Smith.

Will’s had his first son, Trey, with Sheree Zampino, whom he was married to between 1992 to 1995. Trey was born on November 11, 1992. He is a DJ and has featured in a couple of TV shows.

He and Jada share two of his children, Jaden and Willow Smith.

Jaden was born on July 8, 1998. He is a rapper, singer, and actor. His first role on screen was with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness. He starred in other movies and Tv shows like Karate Kid, After Earth, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Life in A Year.

Willow was born on October 31, 2000. She is a singer. She also appeared on screen while featured alongside her father in I am Legend. In 2010, Willow released her first single, Whip My Hair which went platinum in the US and made it to number 11 on Billboard Hot 100. She has also released other songs over the years.

Jada Pinkett Smith, formerly Jada Koren Pinkett, is an American actress, talk show host, and businesswoman. She and Will married on December 31, 1997, three years after they’d initially met on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air set. The two have gone on to have an unconventional marriage.

Will Smith’s Net Worth

With his success in the movie industry within the last three decades and his relative success as a rapper, Will Smith has an estimated net worth of $350 million. He and his wife also have different properties and assets in their name.

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