Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, rapper, comedian, and songwriter. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film, and has gone on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred, open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.
Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the global box office. For his performances as boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001) and stockbroker Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness(2006), Smith received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Favorite Will Smith Films: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men In Black, Enemy of the State, Men In Black II, Bad Boys II, I Robot, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, Hancock, Men In Black III, Focus, Suicide Squad
- Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income.
- Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.
- He was a multi-millionaire before the age of 20.
- Smith was the first hip-hop artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.
- He was considered for the role of Detective James Carter in Rush Hour (1998).
- He enjoys playing chess.
- He played the role of Captain Steven Hiller in "Independence Day". He claims to have based the part on Harrison Ford's portrayal of the character Han Solo.
- Smith can speak fluent Spanish.
- Incorporates the line "Aw, hell no!" into all his movies as a running catch phrase like Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back!".
- He is a huge fan of Professional Wrestling.
- Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
- Smith holds the record for most Kids Choice Awards with a whopping six wins.
He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix (1999). He instead took part in the film "Wild Wild West" which was a huge flop at the box office.
- He has been at his adult height of 6' 2" since he was 13, although he is now about 60 pounds heavier than he first was when he reached this height.
- He was considered for the role of "Mr. Smith" in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) before Brad Pitt was cast.
- His acting mentor was James Avery.
- He has solved Rubik's cubes in both The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Pursuit of Happiness. This is a real talent of his; he has shown on live TV that he can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 55 seconds.