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Will Smith

Will Smith has had a mostly steady career in music and movies since breaking onto the scene in the 1980s as the Fresh Prince. As a student growing up in West Philadelphia, Smith teamed up with friend Jeff Townes and formed DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. The group's biggest hit was "Parents Just Don't Understand," which earned them the first Grammy for Best Rap Performance. Smith went on to star in NBC's "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air," which was loosely based on his life. He also met his wife Jada Pinkett through the show. Smith continued in music as a solo artist with the albums "Big Willie Style," "Willennium," "Born to Reign" and "Lost and Found." But Smith's biggest success has been i... Show more »
Will Smith has had a mostly steady career in music and movies since breaking onto the scene in the 1980s as the Fresh Prince. As a student growing up in West Philadelphia, Smith teamed up with friend Jeff Townes and formed DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. The group's biggest hit was "Parents Just Don't Understand," which earned them the first Grammy for Best Rap Performance. Smith went on to star in NBC's "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air," which was loosely based on his life. He also met his wife Jada Pinkett through the show. Smith continued in music as a solo artist with the albums "Big Willie Style," "Willennium," "Born to Reign" and "Lost and Found." But Smith's biggest success has been in films. With so many summer blockbusters under his belt, including "Independence Day" and "Men in Black," Fourth of July weekend has been nicknamed Big Willie Weekend. Smith shows his range in more dramatic films such as "Six Degrees of Separation," "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness." He has received Oscar nominations for "Ali" and "Happyness." « Show less

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  • Will Smith's 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million

    Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner...

    Movie review: 'Focus' is a blurry mess

    Sometimes, reviewing a movie is like trying to grab on to a goldfish in a bowl. It just keeps slipping away, and you can't get your hands around it, and you begin to wonder why on Earth you were trying to capture this goldfish anyway. In the case of the...

    Will Smith taking new direction with career

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. The failure of "After Earth" taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn't mean the end of a career. Before "After Earth," Smith was king of the summer movie blockbusters with mega hits in "Wild Wild West,"...

    Box office: Will Smith's 'Focus' debuts to $900,000 Thursday night

    Box office: Will Smith's 'Focus' debuts to $900,000 Thursday night
    Warner Bros.' "Focus," starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, opened with $900,000 in domestic ticket sales from Thursday night pre-shows.  The $50-million R-rated crime comedy is expected to push Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" from the top of the...