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The Life of the Great Will Smith

  • Birth of the Prince

    Birth of the Prince
    Greatness was born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA! Who new this baby would become loved by the world.
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    Early Life

    Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and also spent time in Germantown in Northwest Philadelphia. His mother, Caroline, was a school administrator who worked for the Philadelphia school board, and his father, Willard Christopher Smith, Sr., was a refrigeration engineer. He was raised Baptist. His parents separated when he was thirteen, and did not actually divorce until around 2000.
  • The Start of a Star

    The Start of a Star
    At the age of 12, Will had found a new outlet for his verbal creativity and began experimenting with Grandmaster Flash-inspired rap.
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    The Path of a Star!

    this is the life of Will Smith as a star. It starts when he hit fame to this present day.
  • Building Of a Wall

    Building Of a Wall
    One summer, his dad tore down a brick wall in the front of his business and told 12-year-old Will and his 9-year-old brother to rebuild it, a job they said was impossible. It took them a year and a half, but they did it. And he said, "Now, don't you ever tell me there's somethin' that you can't do." And walked right through that door, went inside. It proved to Will that he could so anything and nothing is impossible.
  • Separation of the parents

    Separation of the parents
    In the year of 1981 Will Smith's Separated.
  • Beginning of a Hit

    Beginning of a Hit
    When Will met turn-table ace Jeff Townes, or DJ Jazzy Jeff, on a playground four years later, the two joined forces and began performing on the local party circuit.
  • Addition of A Man and a Hit

    Addition of A Man and a Hit
    Will and DJ Jazzy Jeff added human beat-box Ready Rock C to the act and released the single "Girls Ain't Nothin' but Trouble" on local label Pop Art records.
  • The Start of The Fame

    The Start of The Fame
    Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer,[12] as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime".
  • Release of the Album that started it all

    Release of the Album that started it all
    Two weeks before his high school graduation, Smith saw the release of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's first album, Rock the House (1987) and his career was set in motion.
  • Tranformation to Platinum!

    Tranformation to Platinum!
    The year 1988 saw the LP He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper and the breakout single and music video for "Parents Just Don't Understand," which transformed them into platinum recording artists.
  • The 1st of the Grammies!

    The 1st of the Grammies!
    first ever recipients of a Grammy Award in the new Rap category.
  • A Speedbump on the Road to Stardom

    A Speedbump on the Road to Stardom
    The follow-up release And in This Corner was certified gold, though the group's mainstream sound was beginning to lose some audiences, in light of the rise of hardcore rap.
  • Wins and Loses

    Wins and Loses
    By the time Smith was 21 years old, the jug-eared kid from Philly had earned - and lost - a million dollars. Luckily his theatrical charisma had attracted the attention of Hollywood.
  • The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

    The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
    Will Smith became a star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". The sitcom revolved around a Philly kid who moved in with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air.
  • Will's First Marriage

    Will's First Marriage
    Smith followed up his second round of success by marrying girlfriend Sheree Zampino
  • Nominated for a Golden Globe

    Nominated for a Golden Globe
    Smith continued his success by being nominated for a Golden Globe.
  • Debute of an Actor

    Debute of an Actor
    He debuted in theaters in a small role in a gritty profile of runaway teens called "Where the Day Takes You" (1992), before landing a supporting role in the failed Whoopi Goldberg/Ted Danson vehicle, "Made in America"
  • The Birth Of The First Son

    The Birth Of The First Son
    Son Willard Smith III (Trey) born.
  • The Start of Many Leads

    The Start of Many Leads
    Smith, now living in Los Angeles, was determined to become a Hollywood star. Convincing a director that he could play something other than a wise-assed urban kid was going to be a challenge. Director Fred Schepisi took that chance, casting Smith in the lead as a charming con-man who ingratiates himself with an affluent white New York couple by posing as the son of Sidney Poitier in "Six Degrees of Separation" .
  • 2nd Nomination and a gold Album

    2nd Nomination and a gold Album
    Smith earned a second Golden Globe nomination for "The Fresh Prince" and he and Jazzy Jeff released the album Code Red which hit gold status and produced the number one single "Boom! Shake the Room."
  • Executive Producer

    Executive Producer
    In 1994, Smith assumed executive producer duties on the "Fresh Prince,"
  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys
    Smith costarred with Martin Lawrence in the Hit movie "Bad Boys". His first acting jobas a rough and bad character.
  • The end of a marriage and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    The end of a marriage and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    "The Fresh Prince" aired its series finale. Off-screen, Smith also bid farewell to his three-year marriage, which had produced son Willard III, nicknamed Trey.
  • Independence Day

    Independence Day
    Will Smith stars in the Million Dollar Movie Independence Day.
  • Big Money for Will

    Big Money for Will
    Following the success of Independence Day and Men in Black, Smith now commands $12.5 million per picture.
    Smith’s first solo album, Big Willie Style, is released.
  • MIB

    Stars in "Men in Black" with Tommy Lee Jones.
  • The Second Marriage = Life Long Happiness

    The Second Marriage = Life Long Happiness
    Will Smith marries for a second time. this time to Jada Pinkett.
  • Birth of a Second Son

    Birth of a Second Son
    Smith’s first child with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden Christopher Syre, is born
  • Making his Own decisions

    Making his Own decisions
    Turns down the role of Neo in the Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix to star in The Wild, Wild West.
  • The Birth of A Baby Girl

    The Birth of A Baby Girl
    Smith’s second child with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Camille Reign, is born.
  • Savior???

    Saves a teenage fan from choking by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre after sneaking up on her to wish her happy birthday in a shopping mall.
  • Stalker Alert!!!

    Stalker Alert!!!
    Requests a restraining order against his 66-year-old former caretaker Mike Cooley, alleging he has stalked the couple and their children for some time.
  • Ups and Downs of More Recent Fame

    Ups and Downs of More Recent Fame
    Is dropped by record company Sony, allegedly because they feel he is too old.
    The couple’s former housekeeper sues them for allegedly failing to pay approximately 1,640 hours of overtime pay.
    Creates the sitcom All of Us with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
  • Helping Out the World

    Helping Out the World
    Smith and his wife donate $20,000 to a Scientology literacy campaign called HELP (The Hollywood Education and Literacy Program) after Jada completes filming of Collateral with Tom Cruise.

    07/02/2005 Will Smith Hosts the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia.

    12/24/2005 Will Smith Enters the Guinness Book of Records for attending three premieres within 24 hours.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness

    The Pursuit of Happiness
    11/19/2006 He published the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness" in 2006

    America’s Newsweek magazine declares Will Smith the most powerful actor on the planet

    12/19/2007 He receives a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Helpful Investment

    Helpful Investment
    05/18/2008 Will Smith invests $1000000 in a new school near his California home

    06/28/2009 Will Smith wins the Best Actor award at the Bet Awards ceremony

    08/24/2009 Will Smith announced that he was appear in the movie "Hancock"