Will Smith

By Gage Allen

Acting Carrer

He is an American actor known for his wisecracking style. He starred in two of the biggest box office hits, Independence Day (1996) and Men in Black (1997). He also starred in Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black III (2012). Before he was a movie star he was a successful rap artist and television personality. He began his career as a rap artist known as the Fresh Prince, performing with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. They won a Grammy Award in 1988 for their rap hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” From 1990 to 1996, He starred in the television comedy series “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In the TV show he played a rap artist from Philadelphia who moved in with rich relatives in Bel Air, CA. The program was built on the clash of cultures between the Philadelphia inner city and wealthy CA society. Some of his movie are, Where the Day Takes You (1992) Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Bad Boys (1995), Enemy of the State (1998) Wild, Wild West (1999) The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Ali (2001), I Robot (2004) Hitch (2005), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) I am Legend (2007) Hancock and Seven Pounds (both 2008) and After Earth (2013).

Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

When he was 16 he met a DJ at a party. They became friend and the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born. In 1990 he moved out of rapping and moved into acting with his role the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In 1992 he moved into movies and has been starring in popular films ever since.

Born

Famous actor/musician Will Smith was born Willard Christopher Smith Jr. on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. His mother Caroline was a school board company employee and his father Willard C. Smith was a refrigeration company owner. He also went to Overbrook High School. He was a good student whose charming personality and quick tongue were renowned for getting him out of trouble, soon gave him the nickname “Prince”. He began rapping at 12 emulating people like Grandmaster Flash but tingeing his rhymes with a comedic element that would later become his trademark.

Rapping Carrer

Will and DJ Jazzy Jeff began producing music but steered clear of the Gangsta Rap sound that was emerging on the West Coast in groups like Public Enemy and NWA. The Fresh Prince rapped about teenage preoccupations in a free curse free style. Middle America found that safe AND entertaining. Their first single “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble,” was a hit in 1986. Their debut album Rock the House (1990) hit the Billboard Top 200 and made Will a millionaire before the age of 18. His early success put any thoughts of attending college out of his mind.