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Will Smith

Date Of Birth: 25th September 1968
Place Of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Biography

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.

Filmography

::  Film ::

Sharkslayer, 2004 (Oscar)
Bad Boys 2, 2003 (Mike Lowrey)
Men in Black II, 2002 (Agent J)
Ali, 2001 (Muhammad Ali)
The Legend of Bagger Vance, 2000 (Bagger Vance)
Metamorphosis of Men in Black, 2000 (voice of Agent J)
Wild Wild West, 1999 (Capt. James 'Jim' West)
Enemy of the State, 1998 (Robert Clayton Dean)
Men in Black, 1997 (James Edwards/Agent J)
Independence Day, 1996 (Captain Steven 'Eagle' Hiller)
Bad Boys, 1995 (Mike Lowrey)
Six Degrees of Separation, 1993 (Paul)
Made in America, 1993 (Tea Cake Walters)
Where the Day Takes You, 1992 (Manny)

::  TV  ::

2002 MTV Movie Awards, 2002 (Himself)
E! Rank: 25 Toughest Stars, 2002 (Himself)
Straight Clownin', 2002 (Himself)
Roots: Celebrating 25 Years, 2002 (Himself)
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television, 2002 (Himself)
Dale's National Lottery Christmas Cracker, 2001 (Himself)
America: A Tribute to Heroes, 2001 (Himself)
Welcome to Hollywood, 1998 (Himself)
1994 MTV Movie Awards, 1994 (Host)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, 1995 (voice of Pinocchio)
Idols, 1991 (Himself)
The Perfect Date, 1990
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 1990 (Will Smith)

::  TV Guest Appearance  ::

Rove Live, 2002 (Himself)
Inside The Actors Studio, 2002 (Himself)
The Nick Cannon Show, 2002 (Himself)
Inside the Actors Studio 2001
Des O'Connor Tonight, 1999 (Himself)
Clive Anderson All Talk, 1998 (Himself)
Blossom, 1991 (Fresh Prince)
House of Style, 1989 (Himself)
Yo! MTV Raps, 1988 (Himself)

Discography

Born To Reign, 2002
Willennium, 1999
Big Willie Style, 1998

Greatest Hits, 1998
Code Red, 1991
Homebase, 1991
And In This Corner, 1989
He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper, 1988
Rock The House, 1987


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