More recently, Smith voiced the central character, Oscar, for Shark Tale, the animated feature that was a box office giant. Some of Smith's other film credits include Ali, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the famed boxer, The Legend of Bagger Vance directed by Robert Redford, which earned him an NAACP Award nomination for Best Actor, and Wild, Wild West, whose theme-song he penned went gold. Also, the film's soundtrack, produced by his company Overbrook, went platinum.
Smith thrilled audiences in the suspenseful Enemy of the State and starred in two of the 50 all-time top-grossing films worldwide - 1997's summer smash Men in Black(tm), (for which he recorded the Grammy-winning title song) and 1996's Independence Day. Smith also starred in Columbia Pictures' Bad Boys, one of the top grossing films of 1995. His other film work includes a critically acclaimed performance in the Oscar nominated Six Degrees of Separation, Made in America, and Where the Day Takes You.
Smith was first recognized by NATO/ShoWest as the Male Star of Tomorrow in 1995, and subsequently honored as Male Star of the Year in 2002. In addition, he won the International Box Office Achievement Award in 1997 and was named 1999 Entertainer of the Year by the NAACP Image Awards.
Smith also serves as executive producer, along with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, on the popular comedy series All of Us.
A legendary music sensation, Smith made his first record as a high school senior and subsequently embarked on a rap career with friend Jeff Townes. Known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, they recorded several platinum and multi-platinum albums, winning two Grammys and three American Music Awards. Smith's first solo album, Big Willie Style, sold eight million copies. His album Willennium and the featured single Will2K both went double platinum. Smith most recently recorded the popular Lost & Found.
Smith made the transition to television as the star of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom created for him by Quincy Jones. The hit NBC series wrapped its sixth and final season in 1996.
Smith is partnered with James Lassiter in Overbrook Entertainment.
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Will Smith Facts
|Birth Name||Willard Christopher Smith Jr.|
|Birthday||September 25, 1968 (48)|
|Birthplace||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Height||6' 2" (1m88) How tall is Will Smith compared to you?|
|Awards||2002 MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance (for Ali)|
|1998 MTV Movie Awards: Best Fight (for Men In Black)|
|1997 MTV Movie Awards: Best Kiss (for Independence Day)|
|Men in Black|
|I Am Legend|