A Big Willy Style Will Smith Biography

Tuesday, September 27 by Wendy Adams

The Will Smith biography outlines the history of a talented actor and producer’s brilliant career. It all started on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when a baby boy was born to Caroline and Willard Smith. Will Smith has an older sister, Pam, and twin siblings, Harry Ellen who are twins.

Will Smith’s career in entertainment began when he partnered with Jeffery Townes and performed as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Prince was a nickname from Smith’ high school years). Will Smith, the rapper, won the first Grammy for Rap for his rap song “Summertime”.

In 1989, Will Smith crossed paths with Benny Medina, who approached Smith with the idea for a sitcom about a street smart kid from Philadelphia relocated and thrown into a posh lifestyle living with relatives in Beverly Hills. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, starring Will Smith, had a successful run on NBC from 1990 to 1996.

As Smith’s popularity grew, so did his opportunities. While starring in his successful sitcom, the Fresh Prince made a few cameo appearances, which included the sitcom "Blossom" and the part of Manny in the film “Where the Day Takes You”. In 1991, Will Smith played Tea Cake Walters in the “Made in America”, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, and Nia Long. Will Smith played charming con artist Paul in the film “Six Degrees of Separation”, which brought costar Stockard Channing an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1994. The following year, Will Smith had a starring role in a very successful 1995 film “Bad Boys” with co-star Martin Lawrence.

Bigger roles in better films came rushing in for Will Smith. In 1996, he played the smart aleck go-getting Captain Steven Hiller in summer hit film “Independence Day”. In 1997, Will Smith had a starring role in “Men in Black”, where he played former NYPD James Darrell Edwards III, the newest MIB Agent J, opposite Tommy Lee Jones and a variety of alien monsters.

One of his most serious roles was in the 2000 film “The Legend of Bagger Vance". He was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. In 2001, Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role Muhammad Ali in the film “Ali”, and again in 2006 for his role as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness”. His co-star in “The Pursuit of Happyness” was his son Jaden Smith and Will Smith was one of the producers of the film.

Producing became a larger part of Smith’s career, starting with the film “I, Robot” in 2004, “Hitch” in 2005, “I Am Legend” in 2007, and “Lakeview Terrace” and “The Secret Life of Bees” in 2008. In 2010, he produced the remake of “The Karate Kid”, starring his son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

-Wendy Adams

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