Will Smith Biography (1968-)

Full name, Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.; born September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Willard Christopher (a refrigeration engineer) and Caroline (a school administrator) Smith; married Sheree Elizabeth Zampino (a songwriter and actress), May 9, 1992 (divorced, 1995); married Jada Pinkett (an actress), December 31, 1997; children: (first marriage) Willard Christopher III (Trey); (second marriage) Jaden Christopher Syre, Willow Camille Reign. Addresses: Office: Overbrook Entertainment, 450 North Roxbury Dr., Fourth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 WilshireBlvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1804.; Publicist: Stan Rosenfeld, Stan Rosenfeld & Associates, Ltd., 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1190, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, singer, songwriter
Birth Details
September 25, 1968
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Pollster, The Imagemaker, Manson, 1986
  • Manny, Where the Day Takes You, New Line Cinema, 1992
  • Paul, Six Degrees of Separation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Tea Cake Walters, Made in America, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Mike Lowrey, Bad Boys, Columbia, 1995
  • Captain Steven "Eagle" Hiller, Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • James Edwards/Agent J, Men in Black (also known as MIB), Columbia, 1997
  • Robert Clayton Dean, Enemy of the State, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, PM Entertainment Group, 1998
  • James T. "Jim" West, Wild, Wild West, Warner Bros., 1999
  • James Edwards/Agent J, Metamorphosis of Men in Black (documentary), 2000
  • Bagger Vance, The Legend of Bagger Vance, DreamWorks, 2000
  • Cassius Clay/Cassius X/Muhammad Ali, Ali, Columbia, 2001
  • James Edwards/Agent J, Men in Black II (also known as MIB 2and MIIB), Columbia, 2002
  • Himself, Straight Clownin', Okimo Entertainment, 2002
  • Mike Lowrey, Bad Boys 2, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive Producer
  • Showtime, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Song Producer
  • (With others) Men in Black (also known as MIB), Columbia, 1997
  • "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)," Men in Black II (also known asMIB 2 and MIIB), Columbia, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1990-1996
  • Specials
  • (As the Fresh Prince) Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1989
  • Hawker, "The Perfect Date," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1990
  • Host, The Chipmunks Rockin' through the Decades, NBC, 1990
  • (As the Fresh Prince) Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990
  • (As the Fresh Prince) Sunday Night with Larry King, NBC, 1990
  • (As the Fresh Prince) The 25th Anniversary MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon (also known as MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon), syndicated, 1990
  • (As the Fresh Prince) Racism: Points of View, MTV, 1991
  • (As the Fresh Prince) Voices That Care, Fox, 1991
  • (As Wil Smith) Idols, Fox, 1991
  • A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan, NBC, 1991
  • Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1991
  • NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam, NBC, 1992
  • The Search for the New Ideal Man, ABC, 1992
  • An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope, HBO, 1993
  • People's 20th Birthday, ABC, 1994
  • Host, MTV's Spring Break '95, MTV, 1995
  • All-Star Ultra TV Censored Bloopers, NBC, 1995
  • The 1995 NBA All-Star Stay in School Celebration, NBC, 1995
  • Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony, ABC, 1996
  • Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion, Fox, 1996
  • The Sci-Fi Channel's Invasion of Independence Day, Sci-Fi Channel,1996
  • Aliens Invade Hollywood, The Learning Channel, 1997
  • Himself, The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1998
  • Himself, Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, 1998
  • Host, America's Millennium (documentary), CBS, 1999
  • Himself, MTV Uncensored, MTV, 1999
  • Himself, True Life: I Am Driving While Black, MTV, 1999
  • Himself, Video Killed the Radio Star (documentary), VH1, 2000
  • Himself, America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001
  • Himself, National Lottery Christmas Cracker (also known as Dale's National Lottery Christmas Cracker), 2001
  • Himself, E! Rank: 25 Toughest Stars, E! Entertainment Television,2002
  • Himself, Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television, TV Land,2002
  • Himself, Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration, CBS, 2002
  • Himself, Roots: Celebrating 25 Years, NBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Fresh Prince, "I'm with the Band," Blossom, NBC, 1991
  • Voice of Pinocchio (some sources cite Pinoak), "Pinocchio," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Himself, Martin, Fox, 1995
  • Himself, Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC, 1998
  • The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998
  • Des O'Connor Tonight, ITV, 1999
  • "Wetten, dass ... ? aus Koeln," Wetten, dass...?, ZDF (Germany), 2000
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 2001
  • Himself, "Nick Takes Over Hollywood," The Nick Cannon Show, 2002
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 2002
  • Himself, Rove Live, Ten Network, 2002
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television; and House of Style and Yo! MTV Raps, both MTV.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1990
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1991
  • The Fifth Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1991
  • The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Host, The Sixth Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1992
  • Presenter, The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Host, MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1994
  • Host, The 21st Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Presenter, The American Music Awards, ABC, 1995
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1996
  • The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1996
  • Presenter, The 1997 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1997
  • Presenter, The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1997
  • Presenter, The 69th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1997
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1997
  • The ShoWest Awards, TNT, 1997
  • Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary, The WB, 1997
  • VH1 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1997
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1998
  • The 40th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1998
  • The 1998 Essence Awards, Fox, 1998
  • The 1998 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1998
  • The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1998
  • Presenter, The 41st Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1999
  • The 1999 World Music Awards, ABC, 1999
  • The 30th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, The 27th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2000
  • The 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 2000
  • Presenter, MTV Video Music Awards 2001, MTV, 2001
  • Presenter, The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001, UPN, 2001
  • Presenter, The Eighth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2002
  • Himself, 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002
  • Himself, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • (Theme song performer) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1990-1996
  • (Executive producer) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1995-1996
  • Stage Appearances
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Big Willie Style, Columbia, 1997
  • Wild, Wild West (soundtrack), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Willennium, Sony, 1999
  • Maximum Will Smith, Chrome Dreams, 2000
  • Born to Reign, Sony, 2002
  • Singles
  • "Men in Black," 1997
  • "Gettin' Jiggy wit It," 1998
  • (With Trey Smith) "Just the Two of Us," 1998
  • "Miami," 1999
  • "Wild Wild West," 1999
  • "Will 2K, Part 1," Sony, 1999
  • "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)," Sony, 2002
  • "Gettin' Jiggy wit It/Men in Black," Sony, 2002
  • "1,000 Kisses," Sony, 2002
  • Albums; as D. J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • Rock the House, Jive, 1986
  • He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, Jive, 1988
  • And in This Corner, Jive, 1989
  • Homebase, Jive, 1991
  • Code Red, Jive, 1993
  • Greatest Hits, Jive, 1998
  • Singles; as D. J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • "Parents Just Don't Understand," Jive, 1986
  • "Just One of Those Days," 1987
  • "Brand New Funk," 1988
  • "Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble," Jive, 1988
  • "A Nightmare on My Street," 1988
  • "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson," 1989
  • "Jazzy's Groove," 1989
  • "Ring My Bell," 1991
  • "Summertime," 1991
  • "The Things That You Do," 1991
  • "Boom! Shake the Room," 1993
  • "I'm Looking for the One (to Be with Me)," 1993
  • Videos
  • The Will Smith Music Video Collection, 1999
  • Music Videos
  • "Men in Black," 1997
  • "Gettin' Jiggy wit It," 1998
  • (With Trey Smith) "Just the Two of Us," Voyeur Films, 1998
  • "Miami," 1999
  • "Wild Wild West," 1999
  • Contributor to the video "Voices That Care"; also appeared in the music videos "Brothers," by Angie Stone and "Shy Guy," by Diana King.
  • Music Videos; as D. J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • "Parents Just Don't Understand," 1986
  • "A Nightmare on My Street," 1988
  • "Summertime," 1991
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Songs
  • (As the Fresh Prince) "Dance or Die," Made in America, Warner Bros., 1993
  • "Men in Black," Men in Black (also known as MIB), Columbia,1997
  • Title song, Wild, Wild West, Warner Bros., 1999
  • "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)," Men in Black II (also known asMIB 2 and MIIB), Columbia, 2002
  • Television Theme Songs
  • Series
  • (As the Fresh Prince) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1990-1996
  • Men in Black: The Series, The WB, beginning in 1997
  • Children's Books
  • Just the Two of Us, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 18, Gale, 1998
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 26, Gale, 1999
    • Wallner, Rosemary, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Abdo and Daughters (Edina, MN), 1992
    Periodicals
    • Biography, July, 1999, pp. 34-38, 104
    • Entertainment Weekly, June 25, 1993, p. 54; December 24, 1993, pp.26-28; January 16, 2002, February 22, 2002, pp. 26-27
    • Essence, February, 1993, pp. 60-62; July, 1997, p. 60; May, 1998,p. 82
    • Flicks, January, 1999, p. 9
    • Jet, December 3, 1990, p. 58; April 29, 1991, p. 56; December 23,1991, p. 56
    • Los Angeles Times, December 10, 1995
    • Mademoiselle, December, 1993, p. 146
    • Newsweek, July 7, 1997, p. 63
    • People Weekly, September 24, 1990, pp. 83-84; February 23, 1998, p. 28
    • Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 2000
    • Premiere, January, 1994, p. 74; December, 2000
    • Rolling Stone, December 10, 1998, pp. 62-71, 137
    • Shoot, May 15, 1998, p. 7
    • Starlog, September, 1996; September, 1997
    • Sunday Times (London), June 27, 1999
    • Time Out New York, December 13, 2001
    • Total Film, September, 1997, p. 29
    • TV Guide, September 29, 1990, p. 5; October 13, 1990, p. 7; January 23, 1993, pp. 10-12
    • Urban Cinefile, February 21, 2002
    • Vanity Fair, July, 1999
    Electronic
    • Will Smith, http://www.willsmith.com, October 19, 2002

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