Will Smith is an American actor, musician, and rap artist. He first came to prominence as the fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith has won multiple awards for his work, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He is currently married to Jada Pinkett Smith and has three children.
Will Smith’s net worth
Before the emergence of his mega-net worth in recent years, Will Smith was struggling to pay off his debts. In fact, his tax debt was so high that he had to relinquish much of his personal property to the Internal Revenue Service. However, this financial setback didn’t stop Will from pursuing his acting career and he quickly found new opportunities. In 1990, Will Smith landed a starring role in a TV sitcom called ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. The show’s success spawned several more roles and his net worth soared to a record-breaking $20 million.
In the same year, the actor was paid $500,000 to star in “Six Degrees of Separation,” a comedy film that gained critical acclaim. The star then went on to star in another movie, the hit action comedy “Bad Boys,” earning $2 million for the role and another $10 million for the sequel.
His music career
The Fresh Prince, Will Smith is a rap artist and actor. He first gained fame as a fictionalized version of himself in the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This role helped him establish his career in the music industry. Today, he continues to perform and release new music.
His second album, Willennium, was released in 1999 and included the movie tie-in single “Wild Wild West.” This album spent nearly two years in the UK album chart and sold over 9 million copies in the USA. Will Smith’s music career was burgeoning, and he continued to release albums, eventually selling more than 6 million copies.
While hip-hop purists may have disapproved of his rap music, he is also considered a classic. His single “Big Willie Style” sampled the disco classic “He’s the Greatest Dancer.” In addition to the gold-certified hit, the album also featured Halston and Gucci fashions.
His nominations for Best Actor Oscars
After receiving nominations for “Coco,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” in the Best Actor category, Will Smith is now one of the heavy favorites for the Best Actor Oscar. Although Smith has already won the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award, BAFTA, and SAG Awards, the competition was fierce. He was up against other contenders including Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, and Denzel Washington. Luckily, Will Smith managed to win his first Best Actor Oscar.
The nominations are based on a vote from the Academy’s Actors Branch. These members comprise of 1,400 former colleagues, acquaintances, and working performers in Hollywood. The voting takes place between Jan. 12 and 17, with the official nominations being announced the following day. Smith is nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and has won the award for best supporting actor for “A Star is Born.”
Will Smith is the second Black actor to receive a Best Actor nomination for both acting and producing in the same year, following Denzel Washington. Smith also produced “Emancipation,” a movie that celebrates freedom of speech and political activism. During his recent visit to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the actor screened his film alongside Power Rising and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
His marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith married Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997 and the couple have two children together. However, the couple are no longer monogamous and have decided to end their relationship in 2021. Jada Pinkett Smith is five feet tall and was once married to another actor, Sheree Zampino. The couple met while she was auditioning for a role on the hit show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But, she was rejected because she was too short. Despite that, the two got together, became friends, and eventually got married.
After Jada filed for divorce, Will Smith called her. At the time, Jada had moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and was three months pregnant with their son Jaden. Jada had been too sick to marry Will, but her mother-in-law, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, suggested they get married anyway. The wedding was finally held and Jada was able to give birth to her son Jaden.
Jada Pinkett Smith has said that her marriage to Will Smith did not last. However, the couple did welcome their daughter Willow in 2000. Willow later went on to become a singer. After the marriage, Jada addressed rumours of an open relationship on her Facebook page. However, Will has denied the rumours, saying that he and Jada were never divorced.