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Will Smith

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–96) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, and 11 consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally and the only one to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

Will Smith is ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. More so, as of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion in global box office.

He has received Best Actor Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Smith turned down a full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were starting to gain fame.

Along with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith had a few rap hits before starring in the TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, where Jazzy Jeff was a frequent guest star. Smith was known as "The Fresh Prince" in his early years as a rapper.

Smith went on to tremendous movie success and his solo records have also done very well, but within the rap community, he doesn't have the same respect as DJ Jazzy Jeff, who is considered a very innovative and talented DJ known for his scratching technique.

He and Jeff won the first ever Rap Grammy in 1990 for their hit "Parents Just Don't Understand." Although they were very popular, Smith and Jeff made comical songs that were very mainstream as opposed to acts like Run-DMC and L.L. Cool J who were much more relevant.

In 2008, he launched a video website called PluggedIn through his Overbrook Entertainment company. The site runs high quality music videos for free.

 

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