He received his first Oscar nomination in 2002 for playing Muhammad Ali in “Ali.”
His second Oscar nomination came in 2007 for “The Pursuit of Happiness.”
Notable 2000s films include “Hitch” (2005), “I Am Legend” (2007), “Seven Pounds” (2008), and “Hancock” (2008).
Recent films include “Focus” (2015), “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Aladdin” (2019), and “King Richard” (2021).
He won his first Oscar in 2022 for his role as Richard Williams.
A 10-year Academy Awards ban followed an incident where he slapped Chris Rock onstage.
Will Smith has been married to Jada Pinkett Smith since 1997, with two children, Willow and Jaden.
Who Are Will Smith’s Parents?
Will Smith’s mother and father are Caroline and Willard Carroll Smith Sr, formerly known as Willard Carroll Smith Jr.
His father had a background as a Refrigeration Engineer and had previously served in the US Air Force, while his mother held an executive position at the Philadelphia School Board.
When Will Smith was thirteen, his parents went through a divorce due to concerns about domestic abuse.
His mother obtained her degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Despite their divorce in the year 2000, they remained close and continued to play significant roles in their son’s upbringing.
In addition to Will, they have three more children: a son named Harry and two daughters named Pamela and Ellen.
Willard Carroll Smith II was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia.
His parents were Caroline, a school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith Sr., a US Air Force veteran and engineer.
His mother graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
He grew up in West Philadelphia’s Wynne field neighborhood as a Baptist.
He had an elder sister, Pamela, and younger twins, Harry and Ellen.
Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school, and Overbrook High School.
His parents separated when he was 13 and later divorced around 2000.
Smith started rapping at age 12 and refrained from using profanity in his music due to his grandmother’s influence.
Musical artistry and impact
His contributions to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince led them to become the pioneering rap act to secure a Grammy Award, marking their historic achievement as the first rap act to win such an accolade.
Additionally, they were also the first to claim an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, with their song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” triumphing in the inaugural rap categories at both prestigious award ceremonies.
XXL magazine has recognized him as one of the most significant figures in the history of rap.
Furthermore, as of 2013, his debut solo album “Big Willie Style,” released in 1997, stands as one of the top-selling rap albums of all time.