Will Smith

Highest Rated: 92% Men in Black (1997)
Lowest Rated: 11% After Earth (2013)
Birthday: Sep 25, 1968
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 summer, Smith starred opposite Kevin Kline i

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bad Boys for Life Actor 2020
25% Bright Daryl Ward 2017
No Score Yet African American Museum Actor 2017
14% Collateral Beauty Howard 2016
27% Suicide Squad Floyd Lawton/Deadshot 2016
59% Concussion Dr. Bennet Omalu 2015
56% Focus Nicky 2015
28% Annie Producer 2014
13% Winter's Tale Judge 2014
11% After Earth Producer 2013
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
68% Men in Black III Agent J 2012
26% This Means War Producer 2012
66% The Karate Kid Producer 2010
26% Seven Pounds Ben Thomas Producer 2008
59% The Secret Life of Bees Producer 2008
44% Lakeview Terrace Producer 2008
41% Hancock Producer John Hancock 2008
No Score Yet The Human Contract Executive Producer 2008
69% I Am Legend Robert Neville 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner Producer 2006
61% ATL Producer 2006
86% Saving Face Producer 2005
68% Hitch Producer Alex "Hitch" Hitchens 2005
35% Shark Tale Oscar 2004
No Score Yet The Seat Filler Executive Producer 2004
57% I, Robot Detective Del Spooner Executive Producer 2004
41% Jersey Girl Himself (uncredited) 2004
22% Bad Boys II Det. Mike Lowrey 2003
No Score Yet A Closer Walk Narrator 2003
39% Men in Black II Agent J 2002
25% Showtime Executive Producer 2002
67% Ali Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali 2001
43% The Legend of Bagger Vance Bagger Vance 2000
17% Wild Wild West James West 1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West Actor 1999
71% Enemy of the State Robert Clayton Dean 1998
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood Himself 1998
92% Men in Black J 1997
64% Independence Day Capt. Steven Hiller 1996
42% Bad Boys Mike Lowrey 1995
88% Six Degrees of Separation Paul 1993
31% Made in America Tea Cake Walters 1993
80% Where the Day Takes You Manny 1992
No Score Yet The Imagemaker Pollster 1986

TV

CREDIT
100% Michael Palin in North Korea
2018
Producer
  • 2018
80% One Strange Rock
2018
Host
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2016
91% Veep
2012-2017
Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Bachelorette
2003
Reality cast member
  • 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Executive Producer Will Smith Screenwriter Director
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990

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