Will Smith

Will Smith – Growing Up, Personal Life, Career, Etc.

This post is about one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, Will Smith.

Highlights:

  • Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, on September 25, 1968
  • Married to Jada Pinkett since 1997 and has three children
  • Has won 8 awards so far, including 4 Grammys
  • Never applied to college as he aspired to become a rapper
  • His films have generated over $9.3 billion worldwide.

Read on as we cover several details about Will Smith, including his family, relationships, early life, and more.

Who Is Will Smith?

Willard Carroll Smith II, also known as Will Smith or The Fresh Prince, is a renowned actor, film producer, and rapper in the United States. He is the father to award-winning Jaden Smith (a singer, rapper, and actor) and Willow Smith (a singer and actress).

Will Smith is famous for his acting roles and for producing The Bad Boys, Men in Black, I Robot, Hancock, The Karate Kid, and Aladdin.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Will Smith’s father, Willard Carroll Smith Sr., was a US Air Force veteran and refrigerator engineer. On the other hand, his mother, Caroline, was a school board administrator.

He has a twin as his younger siblings (Harry and Ellen) and an elder sister, Pamela. Will was raised as a Baptist. He grew up in Wynnefield, a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Will started rapping a year before his parents separated. At the time they stopped living together, he was 13. They divorced in the year 2000.

He completed his elementary and high school education in Philadelphia at Our Lady of Lourdes and Overbrook High School, respectively.

Will Smith first got married in 1992 to Sheree Zampino. That same year on November 11, 1992, they had a son, Trey Smith, and no other children until they divorced in 1995. He featured in his music video for “Just the Two of Us (1998)” and a few episodes of the “All of Us (2003)” sitcom.

Moreover, he once appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was part of the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV reality show.

Will Smith remarried in 1997 to an actress and talk show host, Jada Pinkett Smith. She currently has two children for him: Jaden Smith (1998) and Willow Smith (2000).

Will Smith and his wife, Jada

He and his wife, Jada, co-founded Westbrook Inc. and Overbrook Entertainment.

Career – How Will Smith Became Famous?

Will Smith began his career as an MC of his childhood friend, Jeffrey, also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff. He initially got famous when he collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff. From 1984 to 1994, he dropped five studio albums: Summertime, A Nightmare on My Street, Boom! Shake the Room, Parents Just Don’t Understand, and Ring My Bell.

When it comes to his acting career, he started on a sitcom aired on NBC (from 1990 to 1996) titled The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His role in the sitcom was a fictionalized version of himself.

His first major role was in Six Degrees of Separation, a comedy-drama film produced in 1993. He also starred as a detective in the Bad Boys film, which grossed over $141.4 million globally.

Filmography – Featured Films

Will Smith has featured in several films, some of which are as follows:

  • Where the Day Takes You (1992) as Manny
  • Bad Boys (1995) as Mike Lowrey
  • Independence Day (1996) as Captain Steven Hiller
  • Men in Black (1997) as Agent J
  • Men in Black II (2002) as Agent J
  • Bad Boys (2002) as Mike Lowrey
  • I, Robot (2004) as Detective Del Spooner
  • Aladdin (2019) as Genie/Mariner
  • Emancipation (2022) as Peter

Films Produced by Will Smith

The following are various films produced by Willard Smith:

  • Saving Face (2004)
  • Hitch (2005)
  • ATL (2006)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Lakeview Terrace (2008)
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
  • Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Hancock (2008)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
  • This Means War (2012)
  • After Earth (2013)
  • Annie (2014)
  • Bad Boys for Life (2020)
  • King Richard (2021)
  • Emancipation (2022)
  • Untitled fourth Bad Boys film (To be released in 2024)

Awards Won by Will Smith

Even though Will Smith has received several award nominations as an actor, film producer, and rapper, he has won only a few.

Will Smith holding an award

Here is a list of the awards that Will Smith has won at this moment:

  • 1992 – Grammy Awards’ Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • 1998, 1999 – Best Rap Solo Performance (Grammy Awards)
  • 1989 – Best Rap Performance (Grammy Awards)
  • 2022 – Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2022 – Best Actor in a Leading Role (BAFTA Awards)
  • 2022 – Best Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 2022 – Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role (Screen Actors Guild Awards)

Related Post: George Clooney – Rise To Fame.


Will Smith never applied to a college or university, yet he is very successful. He has realized his dream to become a rapper and is a portrayal of an inventive and determined individual.

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