Will Smith, a rapper, songwriter, actor and producer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968. He has developed a broad career in film, television and music, winning the sympathy of millions of people.
Will Smith’s vast filmography includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Concussion.” He has headlined an extraordinary list of films, including “Hitch,” “I am Legend,” “I, Robot,” “Independence Day,” “Men in Black I, II, and III” and “Suicide Squad”. He can most recently be seen in Netflix’s fantasy cop drama film “Bright”, which streamed to a staggering 11 million viewers in its first three days on the platform. The movie has since been tapped for a sequel.
Smith also has films like Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” in the iconic role of the Genie, directed by Guy Ritchie and released in 2019. Next, he lent his voice to 20th Century FOX Animation’s “Spies in Disguise” alongside Tom Holland. Smith can also be seen in Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man.”
He began his career as a musician selling millions of records worldwide before crossing over into television with the beloved “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In 1998 he and partner James Lassiter founded production and management company Overbrook Entertainment, which has produced numerous top film and television projects.
In addition to his artistic achievements, he founded the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation with his wife, Jada. WJSFF is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization committed to improving lives and investing in organizations and initiatives that empower traditionally overlooked communities.
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