Smith Biography & Celebrity News
Will was born on the 25th of September 1968, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Rap music's most successful crossover artist,
Smith started his career as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff And
The Fresh Prince. Although it was lightweight in comparison
the threatening "street' style of Public Enemy and N.W.A.,
the duo's inoffensive, bubblegum rap made them a crossover
success, with 1988"s He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper going
double-platinum and "Parents Just Don't Understand' winning
the duo a Grammy. Smith's inventive and charming rapping style
brought him to the attention of NBC, who cast him in the starring
role of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Smith shone as the streetwise
tough suffering culture shock in affluent Beverly Hills, and
the situation comedy went on to become one of the station's
most successful series, running until 1996. Movie stardom
beckoned, with Smith making his debut in 1992's Where The
Day Takes You. He gained further acclaim for his role in 1993"s
Six Degrees Of Separation. The same year he released his final
album with DJ Jazzy Jeff, topping the UK charts with "Boom!
Shake The Room".
A string of acting roles followed which pushed Smith into
the superstar league, beginning with 1995's Bad Boys and reaching
a new high with Independence Day (1996) and Men In Black (1997),
two of the most successful movies ever made. Smith also recorded
under his own name for the first time, topping the US and
UK charts with the infectious theme tune from Men In Black.
He also found the time to release his solo debut, Big Willie
Style, a smooth pop-rap production which featured "Gettin'
Jiggy Wit It", another ridiculously catchy hit single
which topped the US Hot 100 chart. The album took up a long
residency at the top end of the US charts. Further hits followed
in 1998 with "Just The Two Of Us" (UK number 2/US
number 20) and "Miami" (UK number 3/US number 17).
In July 1999, the theme tune from Smith's new movie Wild Wild
West, based around Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and
featuring vocal contributions from Dru Hill, topped the US
charts. Released, predictably enough, at the end of the millennium,
"Will 2K" and Willennium, whose titles took some
beating for sheer chutzpah, were also huge US and UK successes.
The start of the new millennium saw Smith tackling a heavyweight
movie project with his acclaimed portrayal of legendary boxer
Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann's Ali. The release of his third
album, Born To Reign, coincided with the lucrative second
instalment of Men In Black.
1992 Where the Day Takes You
1993 Made in America Six Degrees of Separation
1995 Bad Boys
1996 Independence Day
1997 Men in Black
1998 Enemy of the State
1999 Wild Wild West
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
2002 Men in Black II
2003 Bad Boys II
2004 I, Robot Shark Tale
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness
2007 I Am Legend
2008 Hancock Seven Pounds