Now this is a 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…
From becoming the fresh prince of Bel-Air to turning himself into one of the all-time great actors in Hollywood, Will Smith’s life story requires no introduction at all. He is one of those rare celebrities who know how to win the hearts of their audiences. That is why he is loved by millions of fans from all around the world.
Here is what you need to know about one of the “Bad Boys” of Hollywood!
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (Will Smith) was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised as a Baptist, along with his elder sister, Pamela, and younger twin brothers named Harry and Ellen. He witnessed his parents’ divorce at the age of 13. His dream was to become a successful rapper. Believe it or not, but he actually turned down a scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), just to focus on his rapping career.
After declining the opportunity of getting admitted into MIT, he commenced his career as the MC of the legendary duo of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He became notable for writing heartwarming story-telling raps with no interference of profanity at all. His group grabbed its first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” But early success comes with some serious consequences as well. He suffered big financial problems due to his underpaid taxes, courtesy of spending his hard-earned money a bit too much. That’s where he was offered the well-known comedy sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, by NBC.
Smith made his Hollywood debut in a movie called Where the Day Takes You (1992). But he gained worldwide recognition by starring opposite Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys (1995). He strengthened his filmography with other profitable entries like Independence Day, Men in Black Trilogy, Enemy of the State, Hitch, I Am Legend, Hancock, and many more. He made a grand entry in the DC Extended Universe when he was chosen to portray the role of Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. He managed to shine in his role despite the overall horrible critical reception of the movie. He also had the honor of following the footsteps of Late Robin Williams by playing one of the most iconic Disney characters, Genie, in Aladdin (2019) via motion capture. It ended up being his highest-grossing movie ever with a box office total of over $1 billion.
Smith has two Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations under his belt. His knockout role in Ali (2002) and heart-wrenching portrayal of a homeless salesman in The Pursuit of Happyness (2007) are considered to be some of his finest performances ever.
In April 2007, Newsweek declared Will Smith as “the most powerful actor in Hollywood.” He has also peaked the list of most bankable stars worldwide by Forbes. His movies have earned more than $8 billion at the global box office. Currently, he is in the headlines for portraying Richard Williams (father of Venus and Serena Williams) in the movie called King Richard. It is expected to come out in November 2021.
Smith’s first marriage with Sheree Zampino didn’t last long, and the couple ended up getting divorced in 1995. Trey Smith is their child. Soon, he married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. They have two children together named Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Currently, his family is residing in Los Angeles, California.
Smith is well known for his humbleness, along with his funny personality. His Instagram account is the living proof of it. In 2012, he started supporting same-sex marriage. He bungee-jumped from a helicopter on his 50th birthday for raising money for the charity Global Citizen. But we know there are a lot of people thinking about why did he jump from a chopper when he just simply could have donated the money to the charity. But that’s not Will Smith’s style!
Smith is notable for supporting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 by donating $4,600. He and his wife are both responsible for hosting the Noble Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Will Smith’s current net worth is $350 million as of 2020.