Will Smith (born Willard Christopher Smith Jr., 25.9.1968) Will Smith is an American actor and film producer as well as a rapper. He is renowned as one of the highest-earning and most powerful actors in the world. Will Smith: Net worth Will Smith has earnings of $32 million. (Forbes, 2014) Will Smith: Childhood Will Smith was born in West Philadelphia, to Caroline Smith and Willard Christopher Smith Snr. He was raised as a Baptist and when he was 13, his parents separated, though they did not divorce until he was 32 years old. As a teen, he was nicknamed 'The Fresh Prince' and he began rapping with his friend Jeff Townes, who is better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff. Townes would mix and scratch records, whilst Smith was in charge of the lyrics. Will Smith: Career Will Smith's career in the entertainment business started out as one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They also worked with Ready Rock C, the human beatboxer. They released a number of radio-friendly tracks, such as 'Summertime' and 'Parents Just Don't Understand'. During his early career, Smith failed to pay his income tax fully. The Inland Revenue eventually caught up with him and retrieved $2.8 million's worth of his possessions and money. In 1996, after a hiatus from his music career to concentrate on acting, Smith returned to music as a solo artist. His first album, Big Willie Style was a massive commercial success and launched the singles 'Getting' Jiggy Wit It' and 'Just The Two Of Us'. Will Smith's second solo album, released in 1999 was Willenium. The album featured the track 'Wild Wild West', a collaboration with Kool Moe Dee and Dru Hill. Smith's third and fourth albums were Born to Reign and Lost and Found, released in 2002 and 2005 respectively. When he was near the point of bankruptcy, NBC signed Will Smith to a contract, and constructed the sitcom the Fresh Prince of Bel Air around him. The series also starred Tatyana Ali and James Avery and was hugely successful. His major film debut came in 1993's Six Degrees Of Separation, which also starred Donald Sutherland and Ian McKellan. He followed this up with his big screen breakthrough, Bad Boys, an action film which also starred Martin Lawrence and was a huge box office hit. In 1996, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended. Will Smith then began focusing not only on his solo music career but also on major league blockbuster movies. In 1996, he starred as a fighter pilot in Independence Day, alongside Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid. Smith then went on to work alongside Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black the year after and the film became a global success. Will Smith status as a Hollywood favourite escalated, as did his earning potential. In 1998, Will Smith starred in Enemy of the State, opposite Gene Hackman. Smith was then offered the main role of Neo in The Matrix but rejected the role in favour of the opportunity to star in Wild Wild West. The science-fiction comedy film was a flop, though Smith claims not to regret the decision and has publicly praised Keanu Reeves' performance in the Matrix films. Despite the failure of Wild Wild West, Will Smith's career took an upturn when he starred in two sequels, Men In Black II and Bad Boys II. He then took the lead role in Hitch, opposite Eva Mendes, followed by I, Robot, another science-fiction film. 2001 was a pivotal year for Will Smith, when he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the biopic, Ali. Five years later, he received another Oscar nomination when he played the role of Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness. The film also stars his son, Jaden Smith, as well as the actress Thandie Newton. Between 2003 and 2007, Will Smith, along with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, worked on the sitcom All Of Us, which was loosely based on their lives. 2007 was another successful year for Will Smith when he appeared in I Am Legend, an apocalyptic science fiction film. His daughter in the film is played by his real life daughter, Willow. In 2008, he appeared in superhero movie 'Hancock' with Charlize Theron and also 'Seven Pounds' opposite Rosario Dawson, Octavia Spencer and Woody Harrelson. In 2012, he starred in 'Men in Black III' reprising his role as Agent J. The following year he appeared with his son Jayden in the sci-fi movie 'After Earth'. Will Smith: Personal Life Will Smith married his first wife Sheree Zampino in 1992 with whom he had a son named Trey Smith. They subsequently divorced in 1995. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett married in 1997. They have a son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, born in 1998 and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith. Though raised Baptist, he no longer identifies with any religion, though has an enormous amount of respect for Scientology. He is also a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.
Ten songs you'll need on your summer playlist.
Forget Justin Timberlake and his sun-soaked latest release 'SoulMate', we're going back to the 90s for our big summer playlist. It's just not the weather for serious music, so we've put together ten songs that rate the highest in the ultimate cheese factor.
Shaggy - The Best Of...
Boombastic - Shaggy
It's difficult to forget this song, from Shaggy's 1995 album of the same name. It topped the UK charts and, like many of the best 90s tunes, it features a sample - that is, Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On'. Just to make it more summery, the b-side was a remixed cover of 'In the Summertime'.
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We could watch this guy all day.
There's a reason why Will Smith is a multi-award winning Oscar nominated superstar, and it's largely down to the fact that he delivers character personas with such memorable gusto. A lot of that is down to how he reads his lines - and here are just a few of his best ever movie quotes.
I Am Legend
I Am Legend
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It's that time of year again. 'Today we celebrate our Independence Day!'
Happy Fourth of July! Just like one watches 'Star Wars' on May the 4th and 'Friday the 13th' on Friday the 13th, sci-fi fans everywhere will no doubt be watching 'Independence Day' today. The Roland Emmerich-directed flick was released twelve years ago and, in honour of that legacy, here are seven fascinating facts about the movie that you probably never knew.
Independence Day (1996)
1. The Area 51 Conspiracy
Initially, the US military were on board to provide the film's producers with resources such as costumes, props, airplanes and personnel, with their only demand being that all references to Area 51 be removed from the script. Of course, co-writer Dean Devlin didn't want to do that, the secret location being such an integral part of alien culture, so they ended up withdrawing their support.
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The 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia in just over three weeks.
It’s been a very long time since he’s been active in his musical career, but it looks like Will Smith is going to make a comeback to rapping, with widespread reports that he’s to be involved with the official World Cup 2018 anthem this summer.
A number of reports this week, originating with Billboard, suggest that Smith is about to release a new song this Friday (May 25th) to coincide with the huge football tournament, which kicks off in a little over three weeks’ time in Russia.
The actor and sometime musician, 49, took to Instagram to tag fellow American Nicky Jam, producer Diplo and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi in a post, which was captioned “One Life to Live. Live It Up. #WorldCup”.
Continue reading: Will Smith To Record World Cup 2018 Anthem
He shows his admiration after the video hit 100 million views.
It must be an amazing feeling when you see your child chasing their dreams and finding success with it. That's what inspired Will Smith to parody Jaden Smith's 'Icon' video as a congratulations for reaching 100 million Spotify views - and he absolutely adores the hilarious tribute.
Will Smith and Jaden Smith at the 'Suicide Squad' premiere
19-year-old Jaden epitomises rap in the video for 'Icon', in which he can be seen in a denim jacket, gold chains and a golden grille stepping out of a supercar and strutting some Michael Jackson-style moves against a hilly, sunset backdrop.
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The critically-panned fantasy cop drama is coming back.
Netflix has greenlit a sequel to ‘Bright’, the fantasy cop drama directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.
The film, which cost $90 million to make, hit the streaming service in December and was immediately panned by critics and endured a roasting by viewers on Twitter.
But despite the negative press, an average of 11 million Netflix users streamed the film in its first three days of release.
Continue reading: Amazingly, Netflix's 'Bright' Is Getting A Sequel
The actor got his first role in the long-running comedy series.
Debuting all the way back in September 1990, and running for almost six years until May of 1996, 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' helped establish Will Smith as a genuine star after bringing the actor into households across America, in one of the most successful comedies of the time.
Will Smith enjoying the red carpet at the UK premiere of new movie 'Bright'
Though it ended over two decades ago, there are still huge fans of the show, and it gets plenty of reruns across the world, allowing Smith's first work to be experienced by all-new audiences as time goes by. Despite that, the actor has admitted that his first job isn't his favourite to look back on.
Continue reading: Will Smith Recalls His "Terrible" 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Acting
Will Smith at the UK film premiere of Netflix fantasy-thriller 'Bright' held at the BFI Southbank on Belvedere Road. The film follows the adventures of two LAPD officers of different species who must put aside their differences to bring peace to the city amidst a huge wave of criminal activity - London, United Kingdom - Friday 15th December 2017
The actor confessed it wasn't the most comfortable moment for him.
Will Smith thought skydiving with his children would be a great idea for familial bonding, but he told Ellen DeGeneres that it actually felt extremely wrong at the time. So much so, that he insisted on defying physics and watching them land as well as dive.
Will Smith at the premiere of 'Bright'
The 49-year-old actor was on a bit of a world trip recently completing several bucket list adventures including riding in a hot air balloon in Tanzania and bungee jumping in Victoria Falls in Zambia. He also stopped over in Dubai to go skydiving, though he had done it two times before.
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Jada Pinkett Smith has praised her family for being musically diverse, as each of them - including husband Will Smith and children Jaden and Willow - create something different.
Jada Pinkett Smith has praised her family for being musically diverse.
The 46-year-old actress launched her music career in 2002 when she created metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is the lead singer.
And after marrying actor Will Smith - who has a career as a rapper and has recorded hits such as 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and 'Boom! Shake The Room' - as well as having musically talented children Jaden, who recently released his debut album 'Syre', and Willow, who found success aged 10 with hit single 'Whip My Hair', Jada couldn't be more proud of her creative family.
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The sitcom is staying well and truly where he left it - in the 90s.
As much as the world needs a 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reunion, Will Smith has insisted that there are no plans in the works for the sitcom to return to our screens. As sad as that news is to hear, maybe that's the best thing for everyone.
Will Smith at Cannes Film Festival
We've had the likes of 'Twin Peaks', 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Will and Grace' return to our screens this year, but the one that we're really hoping for doesn't look like it's going to happen after all. 48-year-old Will Smith doesn't want to ruin the legacy with a return more than 20 years after it ended.
Continue reading: Will Smith Says 'Fresh Prince' Reunion Is Never Going To Happen
Date of birth
25th September, 1968
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