The Life of Will Smith

  • Beginning

    Born Willard Christopher Smith to Caroline (nee Bright), a school administrator for the Philadelphia School Board and Willard Christopher Smith Sr, a refrigeration engineer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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    Will Smith

  • High School Years

    High School Years
    Influenced by hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, Smith begins rapping. At Overbrook High School he is given the nickname Prince, which eventually becomes Fresh Prince
  • Parents Divorce

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff

    DJ Jazzy Jeff
    Meets Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) at a party and begins collaborating with him under the name of Fresh Prince
  • Best Rap Performance

    Best Rap Performance
    D. J. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince win a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for Parents Just Don’t Understand
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    Wins the title role in the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • 2nd Grammy

    2nd Grammy
    D. J. Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince win their second Grammy for Summertime
  • Adult Life

    Adult Life
    Son Willard Smith III (Trey) born.
    – Marries Sheree Zampino.
  • Final Album

    Code Red, D. J. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince’s final album, is released
  • Bad Boys!

    Bad Boys!
    Stars in Bad Boys with Martin Lawrence. Divorces Sheree Zampino
  • Independence Day

    Independence Day
    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show comes to an end. Stars in Independence Day.
  • Men in Black

    Men in Black
    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. Stars in Men in Black with Tommy Lee Jones. Marries actress Jada Pinkett
  • Adult Life(2)

    Adult Life(2)
    Smith’s first child with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden Christopher Syre, is born.Turns down the role of Neo in the Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix to star in The Wild, Wild West.
  • Party City

    Party City
    2,000 guests attend Smith and his wife’s joint birthday party on the Universal backlot in Hollywood. Smith’s second child with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Camille Reign, is born.
  • American Hero

    American Hero
    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. Receives a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali

    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
  • Dropped?

    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
  • A Important Donation

    A Important Donation
    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.
  • Will Who?

    Will Who?
    Hosts the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia.Falls victim to identity theft when 45-year-old Carlos Lomax obtains $33,000 worth of credit cards under the actor’s name. Releases successful Lost & Found LP with Interscope Records after being dropped by Sony. Enters the Guinness Book of Records for attending three premieres within 24 hours
  • Walk Of Fame

    Walk Of Fame
    America’s Newsweek magazine declares Smith the most powerful actor on the planet. The TV sitcom All of Us is axed after four seasons. Has his hand and footprints immortalised on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.Forbes reports that for every dollar Smith earns for making a film, it earns an average of $10 at the box office. Forbes Magazine estimates Smith’s
  • Education

    Smith is reported to have given vouchers for free personality tests at Scientology centres as a ‘wrap present’ to crew members of the film Hancock. Invests $1 million in a new school near his California home.
  • Family Time

    Family Time
    Smith is voted 2008’s top US money-making star by a survey of movie exhibitors. Wins the Best Actor award at the BET Awards ceremony. Announced as producer of a remake of The Karate Kid which is to star his son Jaden.Columbia announces that Smith is to appear in a sequel to the 2008 film Hancock. Peter Berg announces that shooting of the sequel to Hancock is to be delayed to allow Smith to spend more time with his family.
  • Future Plans!

    Future Plans!
    Newest Movie "Old Boy" Coming in 2011
  • Breaking Up??!!

    Breaking Up??!!
    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith: 'We Are Still Together' "Our marriage is intact," the couple says.