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Will Smith (born Willard Christopher Smith Jr., 25.9.1968) Will Smith is an American actor and film producer as well as a rapper. He is renowned as one of the highest-earning and most powerful actors in the world. Will Smith: Net worth Will Smith has earnings of $32 million. (Forbes, 2014) Will Smith: Childhood Will Smith was born in West Philadelphia, to Caroline Smith and Willard Christopher Smith Snr. He was raised as a Baptist and when he was 13, his parents separated, though they did not divorce until he was 32 years old. As a teen, he was nicknamed 'The Fresh Prince' and he began rapping with his friend Jeff Townes, who is better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff. Townes would mix and scratch records, whilst Smith was in charge of the lyrics. Will Smith: Career Will Smith's career in the entertainment business started out as one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They also worked with Ready Rock C, the human beatboxer. They released a number of radio-friendly tracks, such as 'Summertime' and 'Parents Just Don't Understand'. During his early career, Smith failed to pay his income tax fully. The Inland Revenue eventually caught up with him and retrieved $2.8 million's worth of his possessions and money. In 1996, after a hiatus from his music career to concentrate on acting, Smith returned to music as a solo artist. His first album, Big Willie Style was a massive commercial success and launched the singles 'Getting' Jiggy Wit It' and 'Just The Two Of Us'. Will Smith's second solo album, released in 1999 was Willenium. The album featured the track 'Wild Wild West', a collaboration with Kool Moe Dee and Dru Hill. Smith's third and fourth albums were Born to Reign and Lost and Found, released in 2002 and 2005 respectively. When he was near the point of bankruptcy, NBC signed Will Smith to a contract, and constructed the sitcom the Fresh Prince of Bel Air around him. The series also starred Tatyana Ali and James Avery and was hugely successful. His major film debut came in 1993's Six Degrees Of Separation, which also starred Donald Sutherland and Ian McKellan. He followed this up with his big screen breakthrough, Bad Boys, an action film which also starred Martin Lawrence and was a huge box office hit. In 1996, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended. Will Smith then began focusing not only on his solo music career but also on major league blockbuster movies. In 1996, he starred as a fighter pilot in Independence Day, alongside Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid. Smith then went on to work alongside Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black the year after and the film became a global success. Will Smith status as a Hollywood favourite escalated, as did his earning potential. In 1998, Will Smith starred in Enemy of the State, opposite Gene Hackman. Smith was then offered the main role of Neo in The Matrix but rejected the role in favour of the opportunity to star in Wild Wild West. The science-fiction comedy film was a flop, though Smith claims not to regret the decision and has publicly praised Keanu Reeves' performance in the Matrix films. Despite the failure of Wild Wild West, Will Smith's career took an upturn when he starred in two sequels, Men In Black II and Bad Boys II. He then took the lead role in Hitch, opposite Eva Mendes, followed by I, Robot, another science-fiction film. 2001 was a pivotal year for Will Smith, when he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the biopic, Ali. Five years later, he received another Oscar nomination when he played the role of Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness. The film also stars his son, Jaden Smith, as well as the actress Thandie Newton. Between 2003 and 2007, Will Smith, along with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, worked on the sitcom All Of Us, which was loosely based on their lives. 2007 was another successful year for Will Smith when he appeared in I Am Legend, an apocalyptic science fiction film. His daughter in the film is played by his real life daughter, Willow. In 2008, he appeared in superhero movie 'Hancock' with Charlize Theron and also 'Seven Pounds' opposite Rosario Dawson, Octavia Spencer and Woody Harrelson. In 2012, he starred in 'Men in Black III' reprising his role as Agent J. The following year he appeared with his son Jayden in the sci-fi movie 'After Earth'. Will Smith: Personal Life Will Smith married his first wife Sheree Zampino in 1992 with whom he had a son named Trey Smith. They subsequently divorced in 1995. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett married in 1997. They have a son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, born in 1998 and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith. Though raised Baptist, he no longer identifies with any religion, though has an enormous amount of respect for Scientology. He is also a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.



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Will Smith Says 'Fresh Prince' Reunion Is Never Going To Happen


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As much as the world needs a 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reunion, Will Smith has insisted that there are no plans in the works for the sitcom to return to our screens. As sad as that news is to hear, maybe that's the best thing for everyone.

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We've had the likes of 'Twin Peaks', 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Will and Grace' return to our screens this year, but the one that we're really hoping for doesn't look like it's going to happen after all. 48-year-old Will Smith doesn't want to ruin the legacy with a return more than 20 years after it ended.

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Will Smith Has 'bug' For Performing


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Will Smith has ''got the bug'' for performing again.

The 48-year-old actor made his musical comeback at the weekend when he joined his long-time friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff on stage for their new song 'Get Lit' at the Livewire Festival in Blackpool, England, and now he's fallen back in love.

Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight', he said: ''Now I got the bug. I was on fire last night. It was the first time being on stage in a while.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Rumours Of Her Open Marriage


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Jada Pinkett Smith has come out to clarify the status of her marriage to Will Smith and denounce rumours that the couple are keen swingers. The Madagascar actress has responded to repeated suggestions her and her Men in Black hubby have an open marriage.

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The 45-year-old has told a radio DJ on a BBC Radio 1Xtra review: "Will and I do not swing.

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Will Smith at the 'Hampstead' Film Premiere - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th June 2017

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Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 70th Anniversary Soiree held at Palais des Festivals - Cannes, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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Agnes Jaoui, Paolo Sorrentino, Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bingbing at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival Jury photocall - Cannes, France - Wednesday 17th May 2017

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Jaden Smith Forms Rock Band


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Jaden Smith has formed a rock band.

The 18-year-old rapper - who featured on Justin Bieber's 2010 hit 'Never Say Never' - posted a preview of a new song before announcing that his sister Willow Smith, 16, and his girlfriend Odessa Adlon, 18, will also be a part of the group.

The star posted the 45-second clip with the caption: ''This Is A Clip From A Rock Band I'm Starting (sic)''

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Tom Cruise And Five Other Huge Stars Who've Never Won An Oscar


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Awards season is nearly upon us, with the film industry gearing up for its annual round of back-slapping and palm-greasing, as well as honouring the most significant works that Hollywood and beyond has had to offer over the past 12 months.

However, there are a number of box office regulars and well-known faces that have never won the most prestigious prize Hollywood awards – the Best Actor or Actress Oscar. Here are half a dozen big stars who have featured in many hit movies who have, surprisingly, never collected a gong.

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Will Smith: 'The Magic Of New York At Christmas Gave Collateral Beauty A Perfect Setting'


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Will Smith leads in an impressive ensemble cast in drama Collateral Beauty, which follows a grieving father who sends letters to time, death and love, as a way of trying to cope with his daughter’s death.

But what Smith’s character Howard doesn't expect is that time, death and love will all answer his letters, by visiting him in person, to show that the beauty in life is always there, even in our darkest times.

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Will Smith seen at the premiere of Collateral Beauty held at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th December 2016

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Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Will Smith at the premiere of Collateral Beauty held at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th December 2016

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Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Will Smith

Willow Smith Says She And Brother Jaden Use Social Media To "Elevate The Consciousness Of Others"


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Willow Smith and Jaden Smith, the teenaged children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have declared they want to ‘utilise social media to elevate the consciousness' of others. The siblings sat down with Pharrell Williams for the latest issue of Interview magazine and explained how they make the best use social media, as opposed to their friends who are just 'Instagram famous'.

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Henry Cavill Goes Undercover At Comic-Con To Prank Will Smith


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Superman actor Henry Cavill went undercover at Comic-Con on Saturday (July 23) to surprise Will Smith and fellow Suicide Squad cast members Viola Davis and Scott Eastwood. The Man of Steel star also got away with walking around the convention among fans freely, thanks to a very simple disguise.

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Suicide Squad Trailer


The Suicide Squad was formed by Amanda Waller, the head of Belle Reve Penitentiary and a high ranking government official. Wishing to protect the world from deadly threats, Waller formulates a plan to reform (by force) a number of her most special inmates who all possess unique abilities.

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Carey Mulligan Wins Best Actress At Hollywood Film Awards 2015 In Good Showing For British Stars


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British star Carey Mulligan was among the winners at the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards for her central role as Maud in the new movie Suffragette, a laundry worker who joins the fight for the right for women to vote.

The 30 year old star, who gave birth to her first child with husband Marcus Mumford just a few months ago, won Best Actress at the 2015 edition of the gongs, which are the first major ceremony in a long run of black-tie events leading up to the Academy Awards on February 28th.

The Hollywood Film Awards winners are announced in advance and are not televised, but prominently features movies not on general release and are a reasonable indicator of what will be on offer during awards season.

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Will Smith

Date of birth

25th September, 1968

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.88


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Will Smith Movies

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in...

Collateral Beauty Trailer

Collateral Beauty Trailer

Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love,...

Suicide Squad Movie Review

Suicide Squad Movie Review

DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its...

Suicide Squad Trailer

Suicide Squad Trailer

The Suicide Squad was formed by Amanda Waller, the head of Belle Reve Penitentiary and...

Suicide Squad Trailer

Suicide Squad Trailer

When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be...

Concussion Trailer

Concussion Trailer

Dr. Bennet Omalu is a pathologist who loves his job and, in many ways, the...

Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer

Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer

Is it really wise to trust your most dangerous sworn enemies? Sometimes you have little...

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Focus Movie Review

Focus Movie Review

A very odd blend of caper action, dark drama and romantic comedy, this slickly made...

Focus Trailer

Focus Trailer

While sitting at the bar of a hotel lobby one night, a man catches a...

Annie Movie Review

Annie Movie Review

A solid cast bodes well for this unnecessary remake of the 1982 movie (based on...

Focus Trailer

Focus Trailer

Nicky Spurgeon is a genius when it comes to his work as a con man...

Winter's Tale Movie Review

Winter's Tale Movie Review

The fact that this magical romance has been retitled A New York Winter's Tale in...

Winter's Tale Trailer

Winter's Tale Trailer

Peter Lake is a wanted burglar in a desperate struggle to escape an old gangster...

After Earth Trailer

After Earth Trailer

Cypher Raige is a renowned military general who finds himself and his frightened 13-year-old son...

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