Willard Carroll Smith II was born and raised in Philadelphia. He started rapping at the age of 12. Will Smith never used profanity in his songs after his grandmother wrote him a note of advice when she saw the lyrics he wrote at a young age. During his rap career, he achieved very successful works and managed to win a Grammy in 1988. He won three more Grammys after his acting career debuted in 1990 with the TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
The TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was a huge success and laid the foundation for Will Smith's acting career. Will Smith, who made his lead role in the movie “Six Degrees of Separation” in 1993, found success in his acting career with the movie “Bad Boys” in 1995. He gained global fame with the character of Mike Lowrey in the movie directed by Michael Bay. In 1996, he made a great action movie acting performance as Capt Steven Hiller in the movie “Independence Day”.
Will Smith portrayed the character of Jay in the 1997 film “Men in Black” and contributed greatly to the soundtracks and reintroduced his rapping skills. He won a Grammy for his performance in the song he prepared for the movie. He starred alongside Gene Hackman and Jon Voight in the 1998 film “Enemy of the State” directed by Tony Scott and showcased the development of his acting talent. He used his acting and musical talents at the same time in the movie “Wild Wild West” in 1999. He won a Grammy once again for his performance in the song he prepared for this movie.
He was nominated for an Oscar for the first time in 2001 for his performance in the Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali”. The sequel “Men in Black II” was released in 2002, and Will Smith returned to the screens a year later as Mike Lowrey in another sequel, “Bad Boys II”. Will Smith, who starred in the romantic comedy “Hitch” in 2005, was nominated for an Oscar once again for his performance in “The Pursuit of Happyness” a year later.
Will Smith took a hiatus of nearly four years after appearing in “I Am Legend”, “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds” in 2007 and 2008. Will Smith, who made his comeback in “Men in Black 3” in 2012, starred in “Focus” and “Concussion” in 2015. Will Smith, who gave life to the character of Deadshot in the movie “Suicide Squad” in 2016, starred in the movie “Gemini Man” again in 2019 as a talented sniper. In 2020, the same cast came together again in the sequel “Bad Boys for Life”. Will Smith won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Oscar Award for his performance as Richard Williams in the movie “King Richard” in 2021.