Will Smith - Rotten Tomatoes

Will Smith

Highest Rated:   92% Men in Black (1997)
Lowest Rated:   11% After Earth (2013)
Birthplace:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Given his formidable success in numerous arenas of the entertainment industry, the multi-talented Will Smith qualifies as an original "Renaissance man." Although Smith initially gained fame as the rap star Fresh Prince prior to the age of 20, (with constant MTV airplay and blockbuster record sales), he cut his chops as an A-list Hollywood actor on the small and big screens in successive years, unequivocally demonstrating his own commercial viability and sturdy appeal to a broad cross section of viewers. A Philadelphia native, Smith entered the world on September 25, 1968. The son of middle-class parents (his father owned a refrigeration company and his mother worked for the school board) and the second of four children, Smith started rapping from the age of 12, and earned the nickname "Prince" thanks to his ability to slickly talk his way out of trouble. Smith engendered this moniker as a household phrase when he officially formed the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, with fellow performer Jeff Townes in 1986. That team netted two Grammys (one for the seminal 1988 youth anthem "Parents Just Don't Understand" and one for the 1991 single "Summertime") and scored commercially with a series of albums up through their disbandment in 1993 that did much to dramatically broaden the age range of rap listeners (unlike artists in the gangsta rap subgenre, Smith and Townes never ventured into R- or X-rated subject matter or language). However, by the time he was 21, Smith had frittered away much of his fortune and had fallen into debt with the IRS. Help arrived in the form of Warner Bros. executive Benny Medina, who wanted to create a family-friendly sitcom based on his own experiences as a poor kid living with a rich Beverly Hills family, starring the genial Smith. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted on NBC on September 10, 1990, and became a runaway hit, lasting six seasons. The program imparted to Smith -- who had turned down an MIT scholarship to pursue his career -- even wider audience exposure as the show's protagonist, introducing him to legions of viewers who fell outside of the rap market. During Prince's lengthy run, Smith began to branch out into film work. Following roles in Where the Day Takes You (1992) and Made in America (1993), he drew substantial critical praise on the arthouse circuit, as a young gay con man feigning an identity as Sidney Poitier's son, in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), directed by Fred Schepisi and adapted by John Guare from his own play. Smith also elicited minor controversy around this time for remarks he made in an interview that some perceived as homophobic. In 1994, Smith and Martin Lawrence signed on with powerhouse producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to co-star in the action-comedy Bad Boys, in which the two play a hotshot pair of Miami cops; it eventually raked in over 141 million dollars worldwide. The following year, Smith topped his Bad Boys success (and then some) with a turn in the sci-fi smash Independence Day, the effects-laden tale of an alien invasion. Co-written, executive-produced, and directed by Roland Emmerich for 20th Century Fox, this picture eventually pulled in over 816 million dollars globally, making it not only the top grosser of 1996, but one of the most lucrative motion pictures in history. Smith then tackled the same thematic ground (albeit in a completely different genre), as a government-appointed alien hunter partnered up with Tommy Lee Jones in Barry Sonnenfeld's zany comedy Men in Black (1997), another smash success. Not long after this, Smith achieved success on a personal front as well, as he married actress Jada Pinkett on New Year's Eve 1998. The following autumn, Smith returned to cinemas with Enemy of the State, a conspiracy thriller with Gene Hackman that had him on the run from government agents. That film scored a commercial bull's-eye, but its triumph preceded a minor disappointment. The following


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bad Boys for Life
  • Actor
No Score Yet African American Museum
  • Actor
No Score Yet Bright
  • Actor
12% Collateral Beauty
  • Howard
$31.0M 2016
25% Suicide Squad
  • Floyd Lawton/Deadshot
$325.1M 2016
60% Concussion
  • Dr. Bennet Omalu
$23.3M 2015
56% Focus
  • Nicky
$50.3M 2015
27% Annie
  • Producer
$58.7M 2014
13% Winter's Tale
  • Judge
$10.7M 2014
11% After Earth
  • General Cypher Raige
$60.6M 2013
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
68% Men in Black III
  • Agent J
$179.1M 2012
26% This Means War
  • Producer
$54.8M 2012
66% The Karate Kid
  • Producer
$176.6M 2010
27% Seven Pounds
  • Ben Thomas
  • Producer
$70.0M 2008
58% The Secret Life of Bees
  • Producer
$37.7M 2008
45% Lakeview Terrace
  • Producer
$39.3M 2008
41% Hancock
  • Producer
  • John Hancock
$228.0M 2008
No Score Yet The Human Contract
  • Executive Producer
70% I Am Legend
  • Robert Neville
$256.4M 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Chris Gardner
  • Producer
$162.6M 2006
62% ATL
  • Producer
$21.2M 2006
87% Saving Face
  • Producer
$1.1M 2005
69% Hitch
  • Producer
  • Alex "Hitch" Hitchens
$177.6M 2005
35% Shark Tale
  • Oscar
$160.8M 2004
No Score Yet The Seat Filler
  • Executive Producer
58% I, Robot
  • Detective Del Spooner
  • Executive Producer
$144.8M 2004
41% Jersey Girl
  • Himself (uncredited)
23% Bad Boys II
  • Det. Mike Lowrey
$138.4M 2003
No Score Yet A Closer Walk
  • Narrator
39% Men in Black II
  • Agent J
$190.4M 2002
25% Showtime
  • Executive Producer
$38.0M 2002
67% Ali
  • Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali
$58.2M 2001
43% The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Bagger Vance
$30.4M 2000
17% Wild Wild West
  • James West
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West
  • Actor
71% Enemy of the State
  • Robert Clayton Dean
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Himself
92% Men in Black
  • J
60% Independence Day
  • Capt. Steven Hiller
43% Bad Boys
  • Mike Lowrey
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Paul
29% Made in America
  • Tea Cake Walters
80% Where the Day Takes You
  • Manny
No Score Yet The Imagemaker
  • Pollster


No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% Veep
  • Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Bachelorette
  • Reality cast member
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Executive Producer
  • Will Smith
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990

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