Although he initially became famous as a rapper, Will Smith went on to prove his acting talents in both television and films, eventually winning a reputation as an entertainer who could easily cross back and forth between musician and actor. In the process, he became one of the…more
Will owns a percentage of the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team.
In 2008 Will was voted #1 in a "America's favourite stars" poll conducted by Parade magazine.
Will Smith has appeared in the public service announcement along with his fellow actors to encourage young people to vote in the 2008 election.
Will Smith has earned himself the nickname of "Mr. Fourth of July", due to the fact that his movies that open on the Fourth of July long weekend, have always ended up being number one at the box office, that same weekend.
Will says that he's thankful for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because of his wife that he met through auditions.
Will could bench press a maximum of 385 pounds during the filming of I, Robot.
Will's film I Am Legend broke December box office records by an estimated $76.5M on its first weekend to rank as the superstar's biggest debut ever by a wide margin.
In the Teen Choice Awards 2007, Will Smith won Choice Movie Actor (Drama) for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Will was chosen as one of People Magazine's, Sexiest Man Alive for 2007.
Will was listed at #57 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.
Will has been at his adult height of 6' 2" since he was 13. However, he is now 60 pounds heavier than, when he first reached this height.
Will enjoys playing chess.
While starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will appeared in 3 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. His topics were violence prevention, stay in school, and substance abuse.
Will received a 2007 Oscar Nomination for Best Actor for his role in The Pursuit Of Happyness.
Will was listed in the #5 position in the annual Harris Poll of America's top ten favorite movie stars in 2006.
After teenage rapper Bow Wow called Will Smith a "bubble-gum rapper" due to his softer, more gentle approach to hip hop, Will responded, "I don't have to respond to an immature, spoiled child". As of April 6, 2006, Bow Wow and Will Smith resolved their differences.
Will appeared in Angie Stone's music video for 'Brotha'.
Will was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the 'Hooray for Gray!' section.
Songs that Will Smith performed for the soundtrack of the movies he had appeared:
--Dance or Die (Made In America)
--Men In Black (Men In Black)
--Wild Wild West (Wild Wild West)
--Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) (Men In Black II)
--Got To Be Real (Shark Tale with Mary J. Blige)
On a premiere for his movie Pursuit of Happyness, he had mentioned his music "may be in the past" when he was questioned if he will make music again.
Will joined an exceptional group of celebrities when on December 3, 2006 he accepted an award from The Museum of the Moving Image. Previous honorees include: Sidney Lumet, James Stewart, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Robert DeNiro, Barbara Walters, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin, Mel Gibson, Billy Crystal, Richard Gere, John Travolta, and Ron Howard.
Will was celebrated by the following presenters at 'A Salute To Will Smith': Stockard Channing, Eva Mendez, Alfonso Ribeiro, his wife Jada and son Jaden. The event was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 2006 marked the 22nd anniversary of the ceremony and was filmed for a premiere on the Bravo network.
Will sang a small part on the song 'Voices That Care', a song about the soldiers involved in the Gulf War, in 1991. He also made a cameo appearance in the video.
Will's song 'Gettin' Jiggy Wit It' caused a fad of saying the term "jiggy" that lasted for a while.
Will performed in Tatyana Ali's music video 'Boy, You Knock Me Out'.
During the filming of the movie The Truth About Charlie, the studio offered the part of Joshua Peters to Will. However, he turned down the role, since he was still shooting Ali.
Will was offered the role of Commander Dunne in the movie Snake Eyes, but the studio thought that he wanted too much money. As a result, he didn't get the part.
Will's song 'Parents Just Don't Understand' with DJ Jazzy Jeff became part of the soundtrack for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius movie but it's a remix with different artists. They are however, credited for the writing of the song since it has about the same lyrics.
In July 2006, Will appeared and joined a protest against violence in his hometown of Philedelphia, alongside his wife. It was part of the Charlie Mack's Party 4 Peace annual Celebrity Weekend, in which he led the protesters through the city's most violent area.
In the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Will's song 'Just The Two of Us' was used to make a parody version for Dr. Evil.
Will wrote the children's book Just The Two of Us, in which he also performed the rap version.
Will is a fan of the Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork.
Will vowed to pledge a thousand dollars a pound, to charity if, Power 106 D.J. Big Boy could shed fifty pounds. He accepted the challenge, and has lost over one hundred pounds through diet and exercise. The money was donated to charity.
Will had his credit identity stolen, and $32,897.34 amassed before the thief was apprehended. Carlos Lomax opened 14 accounts under Will's birth name of Willard C. Smith. Once caught, he was sentenced to three years in Federal Prison.
Will appeared in B2K's music video Girlfriend.
Will is an admirer of fictional action hero John Shaft, which was also referenced in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
Will had originally rejected the lead role in Men in Black, but wife Jada Pinkett Smith convinced him into accepting it.
Even though Will separated from his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, they still do songs together. Jazzy Jeff has done various scratches on some of Will Smith's songs and was featured in Willenium's Potnas. DJ Jazzy Jeff also produced the song 'Here He Comes' for Will Smith's latest album.
Will incorporates the line "Aw, hell no!" into all his movies as a running catch phrase like Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back!".
Will was dropped from Columbia Records as an artist after lackluster sales of his third solo album, which was self-titled, and greatest hits compilation.
As a public role model, Will hosted the Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Youth, as part of the Gala for President Bill Clinton. [January 1993]
Will Smith worked with some tracks of Lost & Found with various other artists like Ludacris, Polow da Don, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The only tracks that Will cusses were "Tell Me Why" and "You Saw My Blinker".
Will had his son Trey appear with him in his music video "Just The Two Of Us".
Will created the sitcom All of Us, alongside his wife Jada.
In his latest album, only 3 songs weren't released in the US. The names of the unreleased songs are: 'Comin' to the Stage', 'We Won't', and 'Chosen One'.
Will won a Blimp for the 'Best Actor' at the Kids' Choice Awards 2006, he was also nominated for 'Best Male Singer' but didn't win in that category.
During the 2002 Oscars, Will and his wife Jada Pinkett both left from the ceremony when he heard his daughter Willow had a 103-degree fever.
Will held a Guinness World Record for being in most places for a premiere of a movie in less than 12 hours, in which for the premiere of Hitch and was in 3 cities for the premiere.
Will's latest album is Lost & Found (2005), in which two of the songs in the album became singles, 'Switch' and 'Party Starter'.
Before Brad Pitt got the part, Will was considered for 'Mr. Smith" in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Will turned down the role of Stu in the film Phonebooth. The part was eventually played by Colin Farrell.
Will's first album was Rock The House made in 1987 with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Will attended the prestigious Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia.
Will turned down admission to M.I.T. to pursue his singing career. Though he has no regrets it still is present in his mind that he was at least accepted.
Will is bilingual, he speaks fluent Spanish.
When Will played 'Captain Steven Hiller' in the film Independence Day he said he based his character's actions on his all time big screen hero Harrison Ford.
In 1998 People Magazine voted Will as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Will was married to Sheree Zampino on May 9, 1992 and they divorced in 1995. They have a son named, Willard Smith III, nicknamed, "Trey", born in December 1992.
Will got his nickname "Prince" because he was able to charm his way out of anything.
Will wrote and sang the theme song from his TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Will was the host of "Saturday Morning Videos" in 1990.
Will owns a mansion in Thousand Oaks, California.
Will won the first ever Grammy for rap with Parents Just Don't Understand as D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He boycotted the awards because the rap segment was not being televised.
Will was the winner of 'Favorite Voice on an Animated Movie' in the Kids' Choice Awards 2005.
Will turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix because he thought that Keanu Reeves would be best at the part.
Will: (on becoming Ali from Director Michael Mann) He said we would run the way Muhammad Ali ran, in the cities that he ran in, and the routes he ran. We would eat the food that Muhammad Ali ate, we would spar the way he sparred, we would train the way Muhammad Ali trained. And by "we" he meant me. Then there was the mental and emotional development of Ali. The third part was the spiritual development, where I would understand the convictions that Muhammad Ali developed during the period we were shooting in the film.
Will: (revealing wife Jada gave him advice before his love scene in Seven Pounds) Jada said, 'Listen, I know you're uncomfortable, but you better not embarrass me.' She said, 'When you do that love scene, you better show 'em what you're working with!'
Will: (revealing he feels uncomfortable during sex scenes in his movies) My worst nightmare is for an actress to ... feel like I'm taking this opportunity to get a little quickie feel, you know, some legal cheating going on! I just need, specifically women, to feel comfortable around me. I just don't want to feel like I'm that dude.
Will: I think a large part of why I've been successful is that I have, essentially, a white-collar career with a blue-collar mentality.
Will: (On his success) For a long time now, I have been beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I just put my head down and run hard, and I am almost always surprised when I look up and see where I am.
Will: (on his and Jada's open marriage) Our perspective is, you don't avoid what's natural and you're going to be attracted to people. And if it came down to it, then one would say to the other: 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now, I'm not going to if you don't approve of it'. In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others'. We said 'you will never hear I did something afterwards'. Because if that happens the relationship is destroyed.
Will Smith: It's better for my body, for my sanity, for my family, for my life, if people are having fun. My skin is better.
Will: I know how to learn anything I want to learn. Give me a book.
Will: (On Star Wars) I might have been eight or nine. That was the movie that put me into a space where the science fiction element was almost a spiritual connection for me. I thought, if someone could imagine that and then put it on a screen and make me feel like that... and my entire career I've been trying to make people feel like Star Wars made me feel.
Will: If I weren't a musician/actor, I'd be a computer engineer. I was always good at math. I probably would have been the guy who invented the remote control if I'd been around then.
Will: (on the birth of Jaden) Me and Jada wanna take credit for it, but we went to Mexico and got some tequila and nine months later he showed up.
Will: (on wife Jada) We were together for two years before she even laughed at something I said! She thinks I'm hilarious now, it just took her some time to work into it, but we connected intellectually. Our conversations were always very serious, about the world and how we can make it better. We connected intellectually and worked into the comedic side.
Will: Comedy is better than muscles, better than money, better than looks. It's like if you can make a girl laugh out loud, you're in. It almost like the pressure of the laugh makes her underwear fall off.
Will: (looking back, he's amazed to have become a star earning millions of dollars per film) It has been beyond anything I've ever dreamed. I just put my head down and run hard and I'm always surprised when I look up and see where I am.
Will: A few years ago I said I honestly believe I could be President of the United States. Now, there were probably political experts that laughed. But put me on a lie detector right now and I positively believe I could be President.
Will: I was raised in a Baptist household and my grandmother would get up out of her casket (if I became a Scientologist).
Will: There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy?
Will: The first eight years of schooling was with all white people. So that helped me to understand how white people think. I think that transition is what helped me bridge the gap, because that's what my success has really been about: bridging the gap between the black community and the white community.
Will: In my mind, I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.
Will: Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
Will: I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.
Will: If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.
Will: I had to focus and create a character in Bagger Vance, not just do my 'Will Smith' thing and get paid.
Will: I didn't kill nobody in none of my records, I didn't use no profanity in none of my records...gangsta rap is wack.
Will Smith: I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Smith: (On learning to swim) I'm too big to have some woman hold my stomach and say 'Now kick your feet'.
Will Smith: Rap music--which a lot of white America doesn't understand--rap music is not just a music. Rap music is a subculture: hip-hop. It's a style of dress, an attitude, a look, a language. It's more than just music.
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