Will Smith

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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 in the 2000s and 2010s.

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 an Academy Award.

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.)

In any given movie, expect a Shirtless Scene and expect him as well to say "AW HELL NAW!" at some point.

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, who (as Chris Rock discovered the hard way at the Oscars in 2022) he is very protective of - so much so that his actions got him dismissed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a "You can't fire me, I quit!" event. 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).


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)
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