Since he launched his entertainment career in the late 1980’s, Will Smith has become a man of diverse successes. He has made two multi-platinum records, has starred on a hit television comedy series, and become one of the entertainment industry’s most sought after leading men. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award and recently has become a producer.
Smith also serves executive producer, along with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on “All of Us” a comedy series for UPN in its third season. It is about blended families and is loosely based on the couple’s own experiences.
Smith most recently starred in the hit romantic comedy “Hitch” for Columbia Pictures. He also voiced the central character Oscar for “Shark Tale,” Dreamworks latest animated feature, a box office giant. Smith’s next movie, which he is also producing, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” is slated for release later this year.
His succession of hit movies in July has earned the title of “Big Willy Weekend.” “Bad Boys,” “Independence Day,” “Men In Black,” “Bad Boys II,” “Men In Black II,” and most recently “I, Robot” have all been top box office films.
Smith’s 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 earned him an NAACP Award nomination for Best Actor. The box office hit “Wild, Wild West,” for which his theme song went gold and the soundtrack, produced by Overbrook, went platinum. He 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,” additionally recording the Grammy-winning title song, and 1996’s “Independence Day.” Smith also starred in Columbia Pictures’ “Bad Boys,” one of the largest grossing films of 1995.
His box office strength has come full circle – Smith was first recognized by NATO/ShoWest as the “Male Star of Tomorrow” in 1995 and he was honored with “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.
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.”
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. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince recorded several platinum and multi-platinum albums, winning two Grammys and three American Music Awards. Smith’s first solo album, “Big Willie Style,” has sold 8 million copies. His album “Willennium” and the featured single Will2K went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies each. Smith’s latest album “Lost & Found” has struck a cord with fans and is readily moving up the charts.
Smith made his transition into 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.
- Bio of Will Smith courtesy WillSmith.com
News, Notes and Reviews
DVD Review – A professional matchmaker’s program is threatened by a female gossip columnist who, after a chance meeting with Hitch, finds her professional life and personal life on a collision course. In just a short period of time, she makes Hitch re-evaluate his game and teaches him that love is not a feeling, it’s an action.
Hitch starring Will Smith as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, is a surprisingly good romantic comedy for both men and women.
Despite being a bit mushy, the chemistry between Will Smith and Eva Mendes is fun to watch. And there are enough laughs to make the movie enjoyable from start to finish.
SHORT list of TV and Film credits
*You can find an entire list of Will Smith’s credits on IMDB.com
2008: Time Share
2008: Tonight, He Comes
2007: Monster Hunter
2006: The Pursuit of Happyness (producer)
2006: ATL (producer)
2003: “All of Us” (executive producer) (19 episodes, 2003-2005)
2005:He-Male Trouble (2005) TV Episode (executive producer)
2005:Sail On (2005) TV Episode (executive producer)
2005: Hollywood Swinging (2005) TV Episode (executive producer)
2005: Baby Got (Flash) Back (2005) TV Episode (executive producer)
2005: Passing the Test (2005) TV Episode (executive producer)
2005:Hitch (2005/I) (producer)
2004:Saving Face (2004) (producer)
2004:The Seat Filler (2004) (executive producer)
2004:I, Robot (2004) (executive producer)
2003:Ride or Die (2003) (executive producer)
2002:Showtime (2002) (executive producer)
1994:“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (executive producer) (1 episode, 1994-1996)