William Carroll Smith, Jr., known as Will Smith is an American award-winning actor who starred in numerous movies, such as Men in Black (1997), The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), and Suicide Squad (2016). He was a rapper before establishing himself as one of Hollywood top actors. His effort as a professional artist was recognized with Grammys and Oscars.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1968, Smith grew up as a good student with nice attitude which made people called him “Prince”. As the fan of hip-hop heroes and Eddy Murphy, he was only 12 when he began rapping and found his own style. Along with his schoolmate Jeffrey Townes, Smith formed a duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and released a single “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble” in 1986. Their first album Rock the House was launched later. In 1988, the duo made a major breakthrough with their next hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand” that earned them the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989. The single also entered the Billboard Top 200, made them came to fame. The unexpected success made Smith put his thought to attend the college and chose pursuing his entertainment career.
Branching out to acting, Smith was appeared in NBC’s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that showed his real rapper persona and ran with success for six seasons in 1990 which gained him two nominations from Golden Globe Award. Smith featuring his friend Towne released an album “Homebase” (1991) and “Code Red” (1993), featured some hits singles. He then explored his acting skills through some roles in dramas. His name rose to fame as he played a lead role in Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and was recognized with critics. It followed with the successful “Bad Boys” (1995) and “Bad Boys 2” (2003).
His outstanding acting skills brought him to play an important role as Steven Hiller in the famous “Independence Day” in 1996. The following year he appeared in a blockbuster “Men in Black” and rapped for the soundtrack. Smith then became an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his awesome performance in the thriller Enemy of the State in 1998.
After playing in numerous popular movies, he made another breakthrough with his appearance in DC’s Suicide Squad (2016) which became his next successful project since the Independence Day. Smith also starred as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin which earned $1 billion at the box office. He lent his voice for a character in an animated movie Spies in Disguise. In 2020, he starred in his successful action-comedy Bad Boys for Life, the sequel of Bad Boys II (2003).