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Will Smith, Black Gay and Bisexual actor and entertainer, was born on this date 1968.
He was born in West Philadelphia, to mother Caroline, who was an administrator for the school board, and Willard Smith, Sr., who was an engineer and owner of a refrigeration company. Smith has one brother and two sisters, twins Harry and Elle and sister Pam.
He graduated from Overbrook High School where received the nickname "Prince" from his teachers because of the way he "charmed his way through." Later, he added "Fresh" to it. He started rapping at parties at age 12 and that's how he met Jeff A. Townes. They started performing together as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
They recorded 5 albums: Rock The House, He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (Grammy-winning), And In This Corner, Home base, Code Red as well as a few singles and a Greatest Hits album. Big Willie Style was a huge global success in 1998, and so is Willennium the same year. As a solo artist he's released Born to Reign (2002) and Lost and Found (2005).
At the beginning of the 1990s, he was offered a role in a sitcom based on his life. That's how “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” began; which lasted six years. In 1992, he got his first film role in Where the Day Takes You and also appeared in Made In America. In 1993, he starred in Six Degrees of Separation. That was followed in 1994, with the release of Bad Boys. The blockbuster Independence Day came in 1996, then Men in Black in 1997 (which had a sequel), followed by Enemy of the State and Wild Wild West, and The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000. His other movies are Ali and I Robot.
Smith is one of only two hip-hop artists to receive an Oscar nomination in an acting category (Best Actor, Ali, 2001). Smith was recognized in 2007, at Grauman's Chinese Theater with a Hollywood Star. He was previously married to Sheree Zampino. He has two sons: Willard Smith III (nicknamed Trey) and Jaden Christopher Syre Smith. Will married Jada Pinkett (also an actress), in December of 1997.
A passionate chess player he also owns a production company, Will Smith Enterprises. His brother and sisters also work for him--Harry as his chief financial officer, Ellen (who studied as a cosmetologist) as receptionist, and Pam in the managing of Will's business' in Philadelphia, an ice-manufacturing company and a charitable foundation that puts money into local organizations.
Smith has been criticized for his lip service to his home town. Several of his songs talk about parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. While he has spoke over the years about how much he loves the city and how much he wants to give back, none of his proposed ventures in the city of Philadelphia have ever been developed. He has proposed opening a restaurant, several upscale bars, and a community center in Philadelphia which have never seen development.
In 2012, Smith stated he supported legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2019, He and his wife intervened on behalf of this son Jaden's health and his movie "Gemini Man" was released.
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