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Will Smith

Birth Name: 
Willard Christopher Smith Jr.
Birthday: 
Wednesday, September 25, 1968
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Birth Place: 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 
6' 2"

Will Smith was the second of four children of Caroline (school board employee) and Willard C Smith Sr. (owner of a refrigeration company). Smith is of both African American and Native American heritage. He grew up in middle class area in West Philadelphia called Wynnefield. Will attended the Overbrook High School located in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He got the nickname 'Prince' because of the way he could charm his way out of trouble. Bright student Will also signed up with the high-status Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia.

Pursuing music, he met Jeff Townes at a party and they soon began performing together as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. When the duo took off in popularity, Smith made and spent a lot of money on a house, cars and jewelry; leading to his near bankruptcy in his early twenties.

Luckily, in 1989, he met Benny Medina, who had an idea for a sitcom based on his life in Beverly Hills. Smith loved the idea as did NBC which put on the "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990). The plot was simple -Will basically played himself; a street-smart West Philly kid transplanted to Beverly Hills. The series lasted 6 years. During that time, he ventured into movies where the critics took note of him in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). With the success that came with the action picture Bad Boys (1995), Will's movie career was set. He had a huge Blockbuster hit with Independence Day (1996) where he plays the alien-battling Marine Corps Captain Steven Hiller.

Awards and Nominations

2007 - Won - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (The Pursuit of Happyness)
2002 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ali)

News

Will Smith's Raising Cain Again

Everyone and their god seem to be working on a Biblical epic these days. Between Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott taking a look at Moses and Darren Aronofsky off building his giant ark for Noah, you do start to wonder if they’ve heard something we’re not privy too.... Read more
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Memorial Day Box Office: 'Men in Black 3' Soft in U.S., 'Moonrise Kingdom' Cleans Up

Despite a $203.2 million worldwide opening, the jury's still out on whether Will Smith threequel Men in Black 3 can recoup its $230 million production budget and hefty marketing spend.... Read more
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Will Smith On For Winter's Tale

Now that he’s seemingly got more time on his hands thanks to Universal pulling the plug on the Dark Tower adaptation, writer/producer Akiva Goldsman has turned his attention fully back to work on his directorial debut, Winter’s Tale.... Read more
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Will & Jaden Smith to star in Shyamalan's new sci fi pic

Not content with helping launch his son’s career, it looks like Will Smith wants to share the screen with him again, signing on to an untitled sci-fi adventure opposite 12-year-old sprog Jaden Smith.... Read more
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Will Smith On For The Legend Of Cain?

No, Will Smith is not aiming to star in a version of the Michael Caine story. Wrong spelling, and we’re not sure Smith could pull off Sir Maurice without resorting to Lenny Henry-in-True-Identity-style make-up.... Read more
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Reviews

After Earth

Thousands of years ago, we destroyed our own planet. Through litter and utter neglect, Earth was close to destroyed. Aliens attacked us by dropping off large, vicious creatures named The Usar. With no vision, the Usar hunt by detecting fear which made Earth's destruction that much easier.... Read more
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Men in Black 3 (BLU-RAY 3D)

“Men in Black 3” is the third installment of the “Men in Black” series which was first released in theaters in 1997. Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) are part of a top secret government organization that monitors and polices alien activity on Earth.... Read more
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Men in Black 3

It’s been 10 years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned the black suits and sunglasses but the duo have finally returned for the third installment of the Men in Black franchise.... Read more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Fifth Season

 If you were alive during the 90's then you no doubt have memories of watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or at least know the catchy theme song that goes with it. Despite ending over 10 years ago, the show is still going strong with the recent release of Season 5 on DVD.... Read more
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Seven Pounds (BLU-RAY)

Seven Pounds confused and confounded viewers and critics throughout it's pre-theatrical and into it's theatrical run.  What the hell is the movie about?  Well, we know Will Smith is in it.  We know it's from the director of The Pursuit of Happyness.  We know it has something to do with a man out ... Read more
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Videos

Focus (Trailer #1)

Focus (Trailer #1)

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After Earth (Trailer 2)

After Earth (Trailer 2)

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After Earth TRAILER

After Earth TRAILER

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Men In Black 3: The Look Of Men In Black FEATURETTE

Men In Black 3: The Look Of Men In Black FEATURETTE

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Men In Black 3: Turn Your Cell Phone Off CLIP

Men In Black 3: Turn Your Cell Phone Off CLIP

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