Who Is Will Smith?
Will Smith is an award-winning American rapper, producer, and actor who has a net worth of $400 million. According to Newsweek in April 2007, he is “the most powerful actor in Hollywood.” All of his movies have grossed more than $8.5 billion across the globe as of 2018. He is best known for the movies Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, Men in Black, Aladdin, Suicide Squad, Bad Boys, Bad Boys for Life, and many more.
Apart from being a successful actor and producer, he also has a prosperous music career, wherein he won several awards.
Celebrity Name: Will Smith
Full Name: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.
Birth Date: September 25, 1968
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Weight: 70 kilos
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Wife: Sheree Zampino, married 1992 to 1995; Jada Pinkett Smith, married since 1997
Children: Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith
Profession: American rapper and actor
Net Worth: $400 million
Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents Caroline and Willard Smith, Sr. His father is a US Air Force veteran and worked as a refrigeration engineer, while his mother worked as a Philadelphia school board administrator.
Smith was brought up as a Baptist and spent most of his early years in Wynnefield, a neighborhood located in the west of Philadelphia. He has one older sister, Pamela, and two younger siblings, Harry and Ellen, who are twins.
During his elementary years, he went to Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic school in his hometown. After that, he went to Overbrook High School. When he was 13, his parents separated but the divorce became official in 2000.
Although he received a scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he did not accept it. According to him, he did not have any plans of finishing college and wanted to focus and pursue a rap career instead.
In 1992, Will Smith and Sheree Zampino got married. They have a son together named Willard Carroll Smith III who was born on November 11, 1992. The couple got divorced three years after.
In 1997, he married Jada Koren Pinkett. The couple first met when Pinkett auditioned for a role in the 90s series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Pinkett did not get the part since she was too short. Smith became interested in her after he saw her in the series A Different World. He was already attracted to her but did not make any move as he was still married to Sheree.
In Pinkett’s Red Table, Smith shared in a 2018 interview that he only approached Jada after his relationship with Sheree was over.
Will and Jada have two children together, Willow and Jaden. Jaden appeared alongside him in the movie Pursuit of Happyness, while Willow was his daughter in his movie I am Legend.
They are one of the celebrity couples who have lasted this long. However, from a recent episode of The Red Table Talk, Jada and Will’s marriage spiraled down due to the revelations of Jada’s infidelities.
Smith strongly supported Barrack Obama and even donated almost $5,000 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In December 2009, he and Jada were the hosts of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert as a celebration of Obama’s victory.
In 1987, Will Smith began his music career as a rapper for an 80s band, DJ Jazzy Jeff. He and the rest of the band were able to make five albums, such as Rock the House, Homebase, and This Corner. Ten years after, he released his first solo album titled Big Willie Style. After that, he went on to release three more albums.
He made his debut as an actor in 1992 through the movie Where the Day Takes You. After that, he will continue to appear in many movies, where he will play the lead role in most of them.
Some of his movies include Bad Boys, Men in Black, Enemy of the State, Ali, Bad Boys II, Made in America, Hancock, Shark Tale, and The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Recent movies that Smith has starred on are Men in Black III, After Earth, Suicide Squad, Gemini Man, Bright 2, Annie, and Spies in Disguise. Furthermore, he has an upcoming movie titled Bad Boys for Life.
Awards and Achievements
As one of the most successful actors in the film industry, there is no surprise that Will Smith has a long list of awards. He has been acting ever since in the 1980s and even during the early days of his career, he already received several notable awards. Here are some of them:
- 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture – Seven Pounds
- 1991 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor
- 1992 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group – Summertime
- 2002 and 2009 BET Award for Best Actor – Seven Pounds, Hancock, and Ali
- 2005 Honorary Cesar
- 2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry – The Pursuit of Happyness
- 2008 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller – I am Legend
- 2019 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Sci-fi/Fantasy – Alladin
- 2008 Saturn Award for Best Actor – I am Legend
- 1997, 1998, and 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Enemy of the State, Independence Day, and Men in Black
These are only a few of the awards that Will Smith has achieved in his career. He has also won tons of awards for his music, such as MTV Europe Music Awards, American Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, and many more.
Will Smith Total Net Worth
To date, Will Smith has a net worth of $400 million. He has accumulated a huge chock of wealth mostly from his movies, many of which are a hit. He has also earned a lot of money from his music.