Date Of Birth: 25th September 1968
Willard Christoper Smith Jr. grew up in West Philadelphia. The second of four children for his parents, Caroline, who worked for school board and Willard Smith Sr., an owner of a refrigerating company, later becoming an engineer. The eldest of the four is Pam, born 1964, Will in 1968 and then twins; Elle and Harry, in 1971.
Now living in Burbank, Will is married to Jada Pinkett, an actress, whom he met when she auditioned for the role of his girlfriend on 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'. Married on 31st December 1997, they have two children together, son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, born 8th July 1998 and daughter Willow Camille Reign Smith, born 31st October 2000. Before marrying Pinkett, Will was married to Sheree Zampino for about 3 years. Having met at a taping of 'A Different World' in 1991, they had a son together, Willard Smith III, nicknamed Trey, born December 1992.
Known as the 'Fresh Prince', he got this name in 1985, but it started when he was in 8th Grade. His teacher nicknamed him 'Prince' because he always charmed his way out of trouble. Then, in 1985, the new hip - slang was 'Fresh'. He took the 'Fresh' and the 'Prince' and he became 'Fresh Prince'
Will first became famous when he met Jeffrey Aaron Townes at a party aged 12. They started performing together as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. In 1987, when Will was 18, they released their first album called 'Rock the House'. This was the first of five released. Seven years later 'Greatest Hits' was released with extended versions, re-mixes, the theme from 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel - Air' and two unreleased tracks. The duo won grammy awards for the song 'Summertime' and their first for best rap performance for te song 'Parents Just Don't Understand' in 1989.
In 1989 Will met Benny Medina who offered him a role in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, a sitcom based on his life in Beverly Hills. Lasting for 6 years, he ventured into films where he was crticised in Six Degrees of Separation in 1993 but following this came Bad Boys in 1995, which was a massive success. Will turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix, later to be played by Keanu Reeves.
Will still raps, but as a solo artist. His first solo album is called, 'Big Willie Style' with 17 tracks on. The singles he has released from this album have reached high in the UK as well as the US Chart. His other two albums released are 'Willennium' and 'Born To Reign'.
Will speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys playing chess.
:: Film ::
Sharkslayer, 2004 (Oscar)
:: TV ::
2002 MTV Movie Awards, 2002 (Himself)
:: TV Guest Appearance ::
Rove Live, 2002 (Himself)
Born To Reign, 2002
Greatest Hits, 1998
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