If Will Smith is not the most famous actor on the planet, he's in the top five. He's also one of the best-paid, pulling salaries estimated at $20 million per movie.
Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968-) is an actor and rapper. West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days, chillin' out, maxin' relaxin' all cool, until Smith first entered the public eye as part of "DJ Jazzy Jeff and the The Fresh Prince", a lighthearted hip-hop duo know for such songs as "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". He really came to fame with the NBC Sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before moving into what has become a very successful acting career, including two Academy Award nominations.
His Uncle Tomfoolery days are pretty much gone, with Smith playing semi-serious or serious roles most of the time now, and his comedic acting not being race-based. (It also helps that he is the undisputed lead in any movie he's in -- one of the few black actors who regularly does this.)
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, wouldn't mind being portrayed by him in a movie.
His most famous roles… well, the list is sort of legendary. Want proof? Just have a look at his IMDB profile. Add to this, even his stinkers tend to suck in tons of money. The failure of Wild Wild West prompted Smith to observe: "That's how big I am. I bomb over $100 million."
He is married to Jada Pinkett Smith and they have three children, including Jaden and Willow Smith, who both act and make music.
Not to be confused with legendary tough-guy actor William Smith. Or Will Smith of Whiskey Media's "Tested" site (as much as they like to joke he's the same person).
- Where the Day Takes You (1992)
- Made in America (1993)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Bad Boys (1995)
- Independence Day (1996)
- Men in Black (1997)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Wild Wild West (1999)
- The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
- Ali (2001)
- Men in Black II (2002)
- Bad Boys II (2003)
- I Robot (2004)
- Shark Tale (2004). Voice actor.
- Hitch (2005)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Hancock (2008)
- Seven Pounds (2008)
- Men In Black III (2012)
- Notable in that this serves as the longest gap he's had between films, and he's still a reasonable box-office draw.
- Bad Boys 3 (2012)
- The Last Pharaoh (2013)
- After Earth (2013)
With DJ Jazzy Jeff
- Rock the House (1987)
- He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (1988)
- And in This Corner... (1989)
- Homebase (1991)
- Code Red (1993)
- Big Willie Style (1997)
- Willennium (1999)
- Born to Reign (2002)
- Lost and Found (2005)
- Action Hero: Det Del Spooner in I Robot.
- Actor Allusion: "You don't get it, Will. Parents just don't understand" had this on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- Action Survivor:Dean in Enemy of the State.
- Anti-Hero: Hancock.
- Belly Dancer: In Wild Wild West.
- Biopic: Portrayed Muhammed Ali in Ali and portrayed Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness.
- Black Viking: Jim West as a U.S. Army Captain in 1869.
- But Not Too Black: Some claim this is why he is so successful .
- The Casanova: Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the eponymous Hitch and Mike Lowry in Bad Boys.
- Catch Phrase: Aw Hell Naw !
- Even the Guys Want Him: Here is a prime example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cBRfjcY9SQ
- Good Father: In The Pursuit of Happyness as Chris Gardner.
- Also, in real life. Will and family were in Beijing for The Karate Kid, but Trey had to stay in California for school. Will flew out to be with him for all of his football games.
- I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Admit it, it's much easier to think of his character as "Will Smith".
- Jerkass: Hancock.
- Ladykiller in Love: Hitch.
- Mr. Fanservice: Aforementioned shirtless scenes!
- Soul Brotha: Agent J in Men in Black especially the second one.
- Self-Deprecation: Most of his humor is this
- Star-Making Role: "Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down, and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there; I'll tell you how I became the Prince of a town Called Bel Air."
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: Will turned Bill Withers' song about a man's love for his woman into a song about a man's love for his son.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: Started off as a comical coming actor now he is becoming more of a drama actor taking on more serious roles .
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Started his career like this especially as Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also as Agent J in the first Men in Black kind of fit this type of character and also when he voiced Oscar the fish in Shark Tale the animated movie fits this type of characterization .
- Verbal Tic: "Ha-ha!", 'WOOO!", Whaaat whaaat", and "Uuhhh" (that last one was actually a song title on Willenium).
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Sometime comedic sci-fi actor, some serious actor, and some sitcom actor, sometime singer/rapper, sometime producer (This Means War).