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Will Smith

Born: 1968

Biography

Willard Carroll Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor and rapper. Known for variety of roles, Smith has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and four Grammy Awards. Smith began his acting career starring as a fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996). He first gained recognition as part of a hip hop duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff, with whom he released five studio albums and the US Billboard Hot 100 top 20 singles "Parents Just Don't Understand", "A Nightmare on My Street", "Summertime", "Ring My Bell", and "Boom! Shake the Room" from 1984 to 1994. He released the solo albums Big Willie Style (1997), Willennium (1999), Born to Reign (2002), and Lost and Found (2005), which contained the US number-one singles "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" and "Wild Wild West". He has received four Grammy Awards for his rap performances. Smith achieved wider fame as a leading man in films such as the action film Bad Boys (1995), its sequels Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020), and the sci-fi comedies Men in Black (1997), Men in Black II (2002), and Men in Black 3 (2012). After starring in the thrillers Independence Day (1996) and Enemy of the State (1998), he received Academy Award for Best Actor nominations for his portrayal as Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001), and as Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). He then starred in a range of commercially successful films, including I, Robot (2004), Shark Tale (2004), Hitch (2005), I Am Legend (2007), Hancock (2008), Seven Pounds (2008), Suicide Squad (2016) and Aladdin (2019). For his portrayal of Richard Williams in the biographical sports drama King Richard (2021), Smith won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. At the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony, shortly before winning, Smith faced public backlash for slapping and shouting at Oscar presenter Chris Rock after Rock made an unscripted joke referencing Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith subsequently resigned from the Academy and was banned from attending all Academy functions, including the Oscars, for ten years.
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Resources

Movies

Independence Day

Capt. Steven Hiller in Independence Day

Men in Black

James Edwards / Agent J in Men in Black

Men in Black II

Agent J in Men in Black II

The Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness

I, Robot

Del Spooner in I, Robot

Shark Tale

Oscar (voice) in Shark Tale

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Bagger Vance in The Legend of Bagger Vance

Seven Pounds

Ben in Seven Pounds

I Am Legend

Robert Neville in I Am Legend

Six Degrees of Separation

Paul in Six Degrees of Separation

Wild Wild West

Capt. James West in Wild Wild West

Hitch

Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens in Hitch

Ali

Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay in Ali

Made in America

Tea Cake Walters in Made in America

Bad Boys II

Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys II

Hancock

John Hancock in Hancock

Jersey Girl

Will Smith in Jersey Girl

Enemy of the State

Robert Clayton Dean in Enemy of the State

Men in Black 3

Agent J in Men in Black 3

After Earth

Cypher Raige in After Earth

Winter's Tale

Judge in Winter's Tale

Suicide Squad

Floyd Lawton / Deadshot in Suicide Squad

Concussion

Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion

Focus

Nicky Spurgeon in Focus

DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League

Self in DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League

Bad Boys for Life

Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys for Life

Collateral Beauty

Howard Inlet in Collateral Beauty

Bright

Daryl Ward in Bright

Gemini Man

Henry Brogen / Junior in Gemini Man

Torrance Rises

Self in Torrance Rises

Welcome to Hollywood

Will Smith in Welcome to Hollywood

Will Smith: Live in Concert

Self in Will Smith: Live in Concert

Star Wars: Greatest Moments

Self in Star Wars: Greatest Moments

Where the Day Takes You

Manny in Where the Day Takes You

Live 8

Self - Philadelphia in Live 8

Metamorphosis of 'Men in Black'

Self in Metamorphosis of 'Men in Black'

Spies in Disguise

Lance Sterling (voice) in Spies in Disguise

A Man's Story

Self in A Man's Story

Roswell Top Secret

Self in Roswell Top Secret

Quincy

Self in Quincy

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

Self in National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

Club Oscar

Oscar (voice) in Club Oscar

Aladdin

Genie / Mariner in Aladdin

Student of the Year 2

Self in Student of the Year 2

King Richard

Richard Williams in King Richard

Brilliance

Nick Cooper in Brilliance

From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic

Self in From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic

Dads

Self in Dads

Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion

Self in Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion

The Making of 'Independence Day'

Self in The Making of 'Independence Day'

After Earth: 1,000 Years in 300 Seconds

Self in After Earth: 1,000 Years in 300 Seconds

After Earth: A Father's Legacy

Self in After Earth: A Father's Legacy

Design in Motion: The Look of 'Men in Black II'

Self in Design in Motion: The Look of 'Men in Black II'

The Making of Men in Black

Self in The Making of Men in Black

MIB ADR

Self in MIB ADR

It's a Whole New West: The Making of 'Wild, Wild West'

Self in It's a Whole New West: The Making of 'Wild, Wild West'

Barry Sonnenfeld's Intergalactic Guide to Comedy

Self in Barry Sonnenfeld's Intergalactic Guide to Comedy

Wild Wild West: Good Guys Gadgets

Self in Wild Wild West: Good Guys Gadgets

Wild Wild West: Wardrobes of the West

Self in Wild Wild West: Wardrobes of the West

Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream

Self in Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream

Father and Son: On Screen and Off

Self in Father and Son: On Screen and Off

Feeding America Comedy Festival

Self in Feeding America Comedy Festival

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special

Self in Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special

Emancipation

Peter in Emancipation

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Remake

in Planes, Trains and Automobiles Remake

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion

Self in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion

David Blaine: Ascension

Self (archive footage) in David Blaine: Ascension

Jon Bellion | Behind the Scenes of 'Glory Sound Prep'

Self in Jon Bellion | Behind the Scenes of 'Glory Sound Prep'

Will Smith: The Prince of Hollywood

Self in Will Smith: The Prince of Hollywood

Fast and Loose

in Fast and Loose

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys: Ride or Die

The Earth Day Special

Fresh Prince in The Earth Day Special

Lily Topples The World

Self in Lily Topples The World

The Council

Nicky Barnes in The Council

You're Watching Video Music Box

Self (archive footage) in You're Watching Video Music Box

I Am Legend 2

Robert Neville in I Am Legend 2

Howard

Genie / Mariner (archive footage) in Howard

One Strange Rock

Self - Host (archive footage) in One Strange Rock

Night of 100 Stars III

Self in Night of 100 Stars III

Sesame Street: Elmopalooza!

Self (archive footage) in Sesame Street: Elmopalooza!

Hormigueddon

in Hormigueddon

Putting The Boom & Bang in 'Bad Boys'

Self in Putting The Boom & Bang in 'Bad Boys'

The Chipmunks Rockin' Through The Decades

Fresh Prince in The Chipmunks Rockin' Through The Decades

Bad Boys

Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys

Blind Ref

Blind Referee in Blind Ref

Inside the Golden Statue

Self in Inside the Golden Statue

Kids' TV: The Surprising Story

Self (Archive Footage) in Kids' TV: The Surprising Story

Bigflo & Oli: Hip Hop Frenzy

Self in Bigflo & Oli: Hip Hop Frenzy

Free Child

Self in Free Child

Yo! The Story of ‘Yo! MTV Raps’

Self (archive footage) in Yo! The Story of ‘Yo! MTV Raps’

A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop

Self in A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop

Sugar Bandits

in Sugar Bandits

Tina Turner : Celebrate!

in Tina Turner : Celebrate!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

ESPN Reporter in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Nos Bastidores de Hollywood

Self in Nos Bastidores de Hollywood

David Blaine: Real or Magic

Self in David Blaine: Real or Magic

The Alphabet Movie

Mr. Italic in The Alphabet Movie

TV Shows

The One Show

Self in The One Show

LIVE with Kelly and Mark

in LIVE with Kelly and Mark

American Chopper

in American Chopper

MTV Movie & TV Awards

in MTV Movie & TV Awards

GMTV

Self in GMTV

Inside the Actors Studio

Self in Inside the Actors Studio

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

This Morning

Self in This Morning

All of Us

in All of Us

Today

Self in Today

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Early Show

Self in The Early Show

MADtv

Self in MADtv

Rock Concert

Self in Rock Concert

TRL

in TRL

The Oscars

Self in The Oscars

Live from Studio Five

Self in Live from Studio Five

El hormiguero

Self in El hormiguero

Wetten, dass..?

Self in Wetten, dass..?

Skavlan

Self - Guest in Skavlan

Die Harald Schmidt Show

Self in Die Harald Schmidt Show

Rove

Self in Rove

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

Self in Carpool Karaoke: The Series

One Strange Rock

Self - Host in One Strange Rock

ABC Afterschool Special

Hawker in ABC Afterschool Special

The Graham Norton Show

Self in The Graham Norton Show

The Reichen Show

Self in The Reichen Show

Will Smith's Bucket List

Self in Will Smith's Bucket List

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Pinoak (voice) in Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction

Self in James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction

Die Johannes B. Kerner Show

Self in Die Johannes B. Kerner Show

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Self in Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

The Daily Show

Self in The Daily Show

Kids' Choice Awards

Host in Kids' Choice Awards

This Joka

Self - Host in This Joka

El hormiguero

Self - Guest in El hormiguero

Amend: The Fight for America

Self — Host in Amend: The Fight for America

Domenica In

Self in Domenica In

The Shop

Self in The Shop

Welcome to Earth

Self - Host in Welcome to Earth

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

in Jimmy Kimmel Live!

This Is Pop

Self (archive footage) in This Is Pop

Best Shape of My Life

Self in Best Shape of My Life

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Self - Guest in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Oprah Conversation

Self in The Oprah Conversation

Red Table Talk

Self in Red Table Talk

Pole to Pole

Self in Pole to Pole

Quotidien

Self in Quotidien

Late Night Berlin

Self in Late Night Berlin

Yo! MTV Raps

Self in Yo! MTV Raps

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman

Self in My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman

Smash Hits Poll Winners Party

Self in Smash Hits Poll Winners Party

The Graham Norton Show

Self - Guest in The Graham Norton Show

The Magic Hour

Self in The Magic Hour

The True Story of...

Self (archive footage) in The True Story of...

MTV Movie & TV Awards

Self / Presenter in MTV Movie & TV Awards

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Self in Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Self in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Teen Choice Awards

Self - Nominee: Movie Actor / Male Artist / Male Hottie in Teen Choice Awards

Big Time Podcast

in Big Time Podcast