Born Willard Christopher Smith Jr, Will Smith, is arguably one of the top figures in Hollywood.
The famed actor is also a producer, rapper, comedian, and songwriter. Previously known as a successful rapper, Smith took on Hollywood and swiftly became one of the A-listers, starring on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before headlining films like Independence Day, Men in Black’ and ‘Ali.
Will Smith Bio, Age
The rapper-turned-actor was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Willard Christopher Smith and Caroline Smith. Smith had a middle-class upbringing which saw him attend the strict Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School after which he moved on to Overbrook High School. He got the nickname “Prince’ in high school for his charming personality.
By the at age of 12, Smith was already practicing rapping, emulating legends like Grandmaster Flash. His career as a rapper officially started at age 16 after forming a hip-hop duo with his childhood friend. The pair launched a highly successful rap career as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
Between 1990-1996, he played the leading role in the famous TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since then, he has featured in multiple movies and TV shows. The wealth he has garnered today is all thanks to all the hit movie roles, lucrative endorsement deals as well as successful business ventures under his belt.
His great talent and adaptability in every movie role have seen him appear on every year’s list of world’s highest paid actors. Considered by many as an acting genius, it’s quite safe to say that Smith can rub shoulders with the likes of Tom Cruise, Tim Allen, Robert Downey, among other top Hollywood stars. His prowess as an actor has also scored him countless prestigious awards.
He played his first major movie role in the 1993 movie Six Degrees of Separation, and later Bad Boys. His spectacular performance at the Box Office began with 1996 movie, Independence Day which grossed a whopping $817.4 million. This was followed by much-acclaimed Men In Black which grossed $589.5 million.
Back in 2007, Newsweek named him as “Hollywood’s Most Powerful Actor”. This is notably the same year that Smith donated a whopping $1.3 million to charity organizations. Together with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, he established a private elementary school right in his hometown, Calabasas, California. His charitable nature and the willingness to give back to the community has made him a favorite among the people in his hometown and the world at large.
However, while he is more recognized as an actor, Smith first gained popularity as a rapper with his friend DJ Jazzy. Through their rap group, he won his first Grammy in 1988 and has won several others after that.
Will Smith is one powerful and talented actor that will long be remembered for his great contribution to the entertainment industry worldwide.
Will Smith House
The renowned entertainer has apparently earned the rights to a live a life of luxury. He currently owns a number of lavish residential properties, and of course, a long line of flashy supercars. In his hometown of Calabasas, he owns a huge mansion valued at a whopping $42 million.
Actually, the word “huge” may come as an understatement considering the house has 25,000 square feet of living space. With such an astronomical construction cost, this house obviously rivals those of other top celebrities in Hollywood. Besides the huge mansion, Will Smith owns a luxurious motor house valued at $2.5 million.
Will Smith Family: Wife and Kids
In 1992, Smith married actress Sheree Zampino and they had one son, Trey Smith. While their son was born on November 11, 1992, the couple divorced in 1995.
Smith went on to marry actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997 and together they have two children: son – Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998) and daughter – Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000).
As a multi-talented father, Smith has been a great inspiration to his family, especially his children who are treading in their father’s footsteps. His son Jaden Smith and daughter Willow Smith are already raking in millions of dollars from the entertainment industry. Jaden has an estimated net worth of $8 million. He is a true reflection of his father and mentor.
Is Will Smith Dead Or Alive?
For what it’s worth being a public figure and living most of your life under the spotlight makes you prone to fake news, especially death rumors.
While Smith is hale and hearty, he has fallen prey to a lot of death hoax, most of which were done to generate traffic to websites.
In October 2013, fans started seeing headlines about Will Smith’s death while in surgery after an accident befell him as he was filming the movie Hancock 2. However, when readers click on the posts to see the alleged videos showing his death, they end up installing a rogue app that posts the same link to other Facebook pages in their name. Thus, the news keeps spreading.
Also, in 2016, another rumour alleged that Smith’s son Jaden Smith committed suicide. The news went viral and sent fans into a complete frenzy. Nevertheless, the situation calmed down after the star continued being active on his social media platforms.
Regardless of all the fake news making the rounds, Will Smith is alive and well.