September 25, 1968
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.
Source(-s) of wealth
actor, rapper, producer
Who is Will Smith?
Will Smith is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He is also known as The Fresh Prince. Will Smith began his career as the main character in the 1990s NBC sitcom called Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since that first role, Smith has starred in several movies, winning multiple awards. He has won four Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Tony Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Smith is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, grossing over $9.3 billion in all his movies as of 2021. Will Smith, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, has released five albums with several hit tracks and several Grammy Awards nominations. Some of his remarkable movies include the Bad Boys series, Men in Black series, and I Am Legend.
A brief history of Will Smith
Will Smith Childhood & Education
Will Smith was born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1968. His father, Willard Carrol Smith was the US air force veteran, and mother, Caroline was a school board administrator. Raised a Baptist, Smith has 3 siblings, and he attends a private catholic elementary school Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia. At age 13, Smith started rapping and writing lyrics in notebooks. Smith’s grandmother once found his lyrics book and advised him on the choice of language which influenced his music career.
Will Smith Music Career
Will Smith first started making music with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The duo started working together and released their first single in 1986 which was a major hit. The duo released several other albums and was signed by Jive Records. Smith continued to make music and received two Grammy Awards by 1991. In 1997, Smith started a solo music career and produced some hit songs such as “Just Cruisin” and many others that were multi-platinum. 1998, Smith released another album after his role in the movie Wild Wild West. The album went platinum and was a major success.
Will Smith’s Hollywood breakthrough came in 1995 when he starred alongside Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys after first making Six Degrees of
Separation in 1993. Bad Boys was very successful, grossing about $141.4 million. This success was followed by Independence Day in 1996, this was a massive success. In 1997, he starred in Men in Black with Tommy Lee Jones which grossed a massive $589.3 as against the initial budget of $90 million. In 1998, Will Smith starred in Wild Wild West after turning down The Matrix. Smith continued to make more movies and won accolades. The sequel of Bad Boys in 2003 grossed $270 million. He starred in I Am Legend in 2007, which was a major hit.
In 2002, he starred in Men in Black II which grossed $624 million. In 2016, he starred in the remake of Independence Day: Resurgence, which grossed $700 million worldwide. Smith starred in Aladdin, which grossed $1 billion, becoming Smith’s highest-grossing movie. Will Smith has received over 51 nominations and won over 26 of them. Since 1992, Smith has had a direct impact either as an actor or producer in over 50 movies worldwide. He has appeared in over 20 TV shows.
In 2019, Smith made an investment of $46 million in Gen.G, an esports organization. He started Treyball Development Inc., with his brother, Harry. Smith insured himself for $200 million before making a bungee jump in the Grand Canyon. He made $120 million in 2020, selling his movie Emancipation to Apple Studios.
Will Smith’s Net Worth
Smith holds a record for earning over $100 million per movie. At the US box office, he has eight $100 million plus consecutive hits, making him the highest so far. He is currently worth $350 million.