Will Smith

Biography: Beloved for his good looks, easygoing wit and effervescent charm both on and off screen, this hip-hop star-turned-actor has come a long way from his days rapping on the streets of Philly. Initially Smith came to prominence as the Fresh Prince, one half of the popular rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, which released the catchy, PG-rated hits "Summertime" and "Parents Just Don't Understand," the latter winning the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1988. Still immature, Smith fell victim to the pitfalls of sudden success, squandering his money and teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, but TV soon changed his life and career. Beginning in 1990, Smith lent his considerable charisma to the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which he more or less played himself as a smart-alecky city kid who moves in with his stuffy, rich relatives. During his six years on the show, he launched a movie career, wisely playing roles antithetical to his small-screenBeloved for his good looks, easygoing wit and effervescent charm both on and off screen, this hip-hop star-turned-actor has come a long way from his days rapping on the streets of Philly. Initially Smith came to prominence as the Fresh Prince, one half of the popular rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, which released the catchy, PG-rated hits "Summertime" and "Parents Just Don't Understand," the latter winning the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1988. Still immature, Smith fell victim to the pitfalls of sudden success, squandering his money and teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, but TV soon changed his life and career. Beginning in 1990, Smith lent his considerable charisma to the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which he more or less played himself as a smart-alecky city kid who moves in with his stuffy, rich relatives. During his six years on the show, he launched a movie career, wisely playing roles antithetical to his small-screen persona (a gay con artist in Six Degrees of Separation, a quip-happy cop in the action comedy Bad Boys). But by 1996, Smith was ready to leave TV behind altogether. Picking his projects carefully (and often supplying songs for the soundtracks), he appeared in one blockbuster per year---Independence Day, Men in Black, Enemy of the State---between 1996 and '98, while also releasing his first solo album, the multi-platinum Big Willie Style, in 1997. Though that slate of films didn't highlight Smith's versatility, they did prove his box-office appeal as the quintessential nice guy who could kick butt if needed. That nice-guy reputation extended to his personal life as well. Despite his mounting fame, Smith was never in the tabloids. Even his ex-wife, Sheree Zampino, got along with him and his new spouse, actor-singer Jada Pinkett Smith, with whom he went on to co-create and produce the successful sitcom All of Us, loosely based on their own experiences as a blended family. Although Smith was a veritable A-list star---one of the few African-American entertainers who was bankable with audiences of all races---he still longed to be taken seriously as an actor. So in the '00s, he headlined two prestige projects back-to-back: the poorly received golf drama The Legend of Bagger Vance and the 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic Ali, a performance that earned Smith solid reviews and his first Oscar nod, though the film itself performed well below expectations at the box office. Unsurprisingly, Smith then returned to his comfort zone, appearing in the sequels to two of his earlier hits (Men in Black II and Bad Boys II) and even began producing his own vehicles, including the poorly reviewed box-office smash Hitch, which proved that perhaps critics---not parents---were the ones who just didn't understand. However, the next year, Smith earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations playing father to his real-life son, Jaden, in the inspirational drama The Pursuit of Happyness, which also proved to be one of his biggest commercial hits. Sci-fi blockbusters I Am Legend and Hitchcock followed in 2007 and 2008, and in 2010, Smith passed the action-hero torch down to Jaden, producing a new version of The Karate Kid starring his son as the iconic title character. Expand

Will Smith's Scores

Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 73 Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
Lowest Metascore: 23 Collateral Beauty
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
38 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Suicide Squad 2 Aug 6, 2021 Deadshot tbd
tbd Bad Boys for Life Jan 17, 2020 Producer / Detective Mike Lowrey / Detective Mike Lowrey tbd
38 Gemini Man Oct 11, 2019 Producer / Cast / Principal Cast / Henry / Henry Brogan/Junior / Henry Brogen/Junior 4.8
53 Aladdin May 24, 2019 Genie / Genie/Mariner 6.6
tbd Student of the Year 2 May 10, 2019 Cameo tbd
tbd Sprinter Apr 24, 2019 Executive Producer tbd
60 Quincy Sep 21, 2018 Himself 8.4
64 To All the Boys I've Loved Before Aug 17, 2018 Producer 7.8
29 Bright Dec 22, 2017 Scott Ward / Daryl Ward 7.1
23 Collateral Beauty Dec 16, 2016 Cast / Howard / Howard Inlet / Howard 6.1
40 Suicide Squad Aug 5, 2016 Cast / Deadshot / Floyd Lawton/Deadshot / Deadshot / Floyd Lawton/Deadshot 6.1
55 Concussion Dec 25, 2015 Dr. Bennet Omalu / Dr. Bennet Omalu 6.2
56 Focus Feb 27, 2015 Cast / Nicky / Nicky 6.2
33 Annie Dec 19, 2014 Producer 5.2
31 Winter's Tale Feb 14, 2014 Judge / Judge 5.1
33 After Earth May 31, 2013 Producer / Writer / Story / Cast / Cypher Raige / Cypher Raige 3.9
73 Free Angela & All Political Prisoners Apr 5, 2013 Executive Producer / Executive Producer tbd
58 Men in Black III May 25, 2012 Agent J / Agent J 6.9
31 This Means War Feb 17, 2012 Producer / Producer tbd
61 The Karate Kid Jun 11, 2010 Producer 6.6
36 Seven Pounds Dec 19, 2008 Producer / Ben Thomas 5.7
57 The Secret Life of Bees Oct 17, 2008 Producer 7.8
47 Lakeview Terrace Sep 19, 2008 Producer / Producer 6.6
49 Hancock Jul 2, 2008 Producer / Producer / John Hancock / John Hancock tbd
65 I Am Legend Dec 14, 2007 Robert Neville 7.1
64 The Pursuit of Happyness Dec 15, 2006 Producer / Producer / Chris Gardner / Chris Gardner 7.9
63 ATL Mar 31, 2006 Producer 7.4
65 Saving Face May 27, 2005 Producer / Producer tbd
58 Hitch Feb 11, 2005 Producer / Producer / Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens / Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens 7.0
48 Shark Tale Oct 1, 2004 Oscar / Oscar tbd

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