Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. is an actor , film producer and singer of hip-hop American , born on 25 September 1968 at Philadelphia , in Pennsylvania .
Will smith is one of the few artists to have achieved success in three different media entertainment to the U.S. and world cinema, television and music. It quickly became famous by taking the title role in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has appeared in several blockbusters Hollywood as Bad Boys , Independence Day and Men In Black .
It is one of the highest paid actors of Hollywood with $ 80 million earned between 1 June 2007 and 1 June 2008 , and the only actor to have turned in eight films ranked first at the American box office on their first weekend of diffusion .
His mother Caroline (née Bright) worked in a school, and his father Willard Christopher Smith was a technician. He was educated Baptist . His parents divorced when he was 13 years , . Since childhood, Will Smith proves to be an intelligent and charismatic child. He was able to be charmed by his words and so to avoid trouble, so his high school teachers called him “Prince Charming” , .
At the age of 12 years, Smith was greatly influenced by Eddie Murphy and new heroes of hip-hop .
At 16, he met Jeffrey Townes at a party. They become close friends and start singing together, Jeff as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Smith as The Fresh Prince .
Brilliant student, Smith received his secondary education at the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, a renowned Philadelphia . He later refused a scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue his music career .
Beginnings in music
Under the stage name The Fresh Prince, Will Smith and his friend Jeffrey Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) formed the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince . Smith MC , DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ and producer. They are accompanied by Clarence Holmes (Ready Rock C) to the beatbox .
In 1987 , the band released their debut album Rock The House contains the hit song Girls Is not Nothing But Trouble . They continue their momentum coming out He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper in 1988 . It is a double album format commonly used in rock and roll , but innovative in the rap world at the time . This is their first big commercial success, the single Parents Just Do not Understand, from the album, earned them a Grammy Award in the category “Best Rap Performance” (Best Rap Performance). The album is a leading Long Plays rap history to become double platinum .
Their style of comedy and show-off was in contrast with the rap of the time, much more serious and violent. The absence of vulgarity in the texts made their songs ideal for radio stations , and received the approval of American parents, while reaching all audiences .
Smith began to attract the attention of Hollywood and big U.S. networks .
Prince of Bel-Air
Despite the popularity and wealth, Smith seeks new challenges. The opportunities are not long in the person of Benny Medina, who had the idea to produce a sitcom based on his life . This idea turns into 1990 with the creation of the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) for NBC in which Smith takes the title role. The series is the story of a teenager from the streets of Philadelphia who arrived with his uncle in Bel-Air, Los Angeles in a wealthy family. The success was immediate, and the series continued until 1996 .
On the musical front, the group DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Summertime realizes, from the album Homebase, which won a major success. In 1993 , DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released their last album together, Code Red which was a commercial failure . He decided to put his career as a rapper aside to devote himself to cinema and her first child .
In 1995 , Smith paid $ 5 million for Bad Boys with Martin Lawrence , a relative commercial success that opened the doors to bigger productions. After the end of the series Prince of Bel-Air in 1996 , he concentrated on his movie career with Independence Day , where he plays Captain Steven Hiller, a pilot air fighter of aliens , with great success this time (the film takes place at the time as the second largest global commercial success of film history behind Jurassic Park ).
The following year he starred in Men in Black , where he co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones , then in Enemy of the State in 1998 and Wild Wild West on 1999 . He also refuses to play in The Matrix for Wild Wild West running alongside Kevin Kline , who made the film a success at the box office. These films made him an international star.
On the sidelines of his acting career, Smith embarked on a solo music in the late 1990s , mostly with singles associated with his films. His most famous songs are “Men in Black, Gettin ‘Jiggy Wit It (which made jiggy a catchphrase for a while in the U.S. in 1998 ) and Just the Two of Us, a message of affection to his first son, Willard “Trey” Smith III.
On 9 May 1992 , Smith married Sheree Zampino. Their son Willard Christopher “Trey” Smith was born on 11 November 1992 . They divorced in 1995 after three years of marriage .
On 31 December 1997 , Smith married Jada Pinkett , actress and singer American . Together they have a son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith born on 8 July 1998 and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith born on 31 October 2000 .
New Village Leadership Academy
Will smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have invested 889,000 dollars in the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas in California , , . The school, whose classes start as early as kindergarten, bases its teachings on specific pedagogical concepts developed by the Church of Scientology (especially “Study Technology”, a methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard). Some teachers, and members of the administration are Scientologists.
It should be noted that Smith said they did not Scientologists, and the school, which rejects any religious affiliation, is not believed to be intended to teach Scientology.
However, criticisms were raised (as David S. Touretzky, research professor at the Computer Science Department “and” Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University), who accuse the school to instil less jargon and present Scientologist Ron Hubbard as an intellectual authority, in fact preparing children to join the Church of Scientology.
- Girls Is not Nothing But Trouble
- Parents Just Do not Understand
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Boom! Shake the Room
- Wild Wild West
- Freakin ‘it
- Black Suits Comin ‘(Nod Ya Head)
- Party Starter