Sir Willard Smith

Willard Christopher Smith Jr. is an American actor, producer, and rapper. In West Philidelphia, Will was born and raised.  He attended and graduated from high school there, but never had any intentions of college.  Will’s first claim to fame was his rap music during the late 1980’s. He started as an MC with DJ Jazzy Jeff who later became Jazz on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He gained critical acclaim when Will won his first Grammy award in 1988. In case you have never heard his rap music before, I personally would not recommend it. Fortunately for Will, his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was way more popular than his rap music. Prior to starting the show, Will was $2.8 million dollars in debt. Luckily, NBC decided to build a sitcom around him.  The show ran for nearly six years. Will then moved from television stardom to the big screen and has not looked back since.

Will is the only actor to ever to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the box office. His first major roles were in Six Degrees of Separation and Bad Boys. After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was no longer being made, Will went on to make his highest grossing movie, Independence Day. The film became the second highest grossing film ever at the time and established him as a prime box office draw. Will eventually went on to make many more popular films such as: Men in Black, Enemy of the State, Ali, Men in Black II, Bad Boys II, I, Robot, Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, I am Legend, Hancock, and Seven Pounds. Will actually was given the opportunity to play the role of Neo in The Matrix, but decided to cast in Wild Wild West instead. Will Smith is currently estimated to be worth $188 million dollars (A lot different than the massive debt he was in prior to his acting career).

Will Smith has been married twice. He was first married to Sheree Zampino in 1992, but later divorced in 1995. They had a boy together, Willard Smith III. Two years later, Will married the famous actress, Jada Pinkett. Together they have had two children, Jaden and Willow. Both children have starred in movies in which Will has has a major role. Jaden was Will’s son in Pursuit of Happyness and Willow was the daughter of Dr. Neville in I am Legend. Unfortunately, it is being rumored that this marriage may be coming to an end.

Smith, throughout his entire career, has been nominated for four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, and multiple Grammy Awards. Smith continues working towards more nominations. As of now, Will plans on starring in more roles in the future, some of which are already in production. Men in Black III and Bad Boys III are included in this future list.