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Will Smith Biography

American Actor

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Will Smith, an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, has made significant contributions to both film and music. His journey from a rapper to a Hollywood A-lister is a testament to his talent, hard work, and determination.

Will Smith
Full Name Willard Carroll Smith II
Born September 25, 1968 (age 55)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Relationship Status Married
Education Overbrook High School
Awards Best Actor (King Richard) 2022
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Early Life

  • Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968), known as Will Smith, is an American actor, rapper, and producer who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the second of four children in his family.
  • Smith’s parents separated when he was 13 but did not formally divorce until around 2000.


  • Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia.
  • Later, he went to Overbrook High School.
  • Despite being offered a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he chose not to attend college and instead pursued a career in music.


  • Music Career:
    • Smith began as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes as the turntablist and producer.
    • They won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for “Parents Just Don’t Understand”.
    • After two successful albums, Smith accumulated a large tax debt and was nearly bankrupt before starring in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
  • Acting Career:
    • Smith’s acting career took off with the popular TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, which ran for six seasons.
    • He transitioned to films and starred in numerous box office hits such as “Bad Boys”, “Independence Day”, and “Men in Black”.
    • Smith’s performances in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • Production Career:
    • Smith and his partner James Lassiter founded a production company called Overbrook Entertainment.
    • Through Overbrook, he produced films like “I Am Legend”, “Hancock”, and “The Karate Kid”, featuring his son Jaden Smith.

Awards and Nominations

  • Smith has received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career.
  • He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
  • Smith has won four Grammy Awards out of a total of eight nominations.

Personal Life

  • Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992, and they have a son named Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III. The couple divorced in 1995.
  • In 1997, Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett. Together, they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith and Willow Camille Reign Smith.
  • Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles, California.

Source: Wikipedia


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