The full name of Will Smith is Willard Carroll Smith II. Will is also known by his stage name the Fresh Prince. He is a famous American rapper, producer, and actor.
He gave commendable performances in the music, film, and television industry. For his great performances in all the fields, he received many accolades including
- BAFTA award
- Academy award
- Golden Globe award
- Screen Actors Guild award
- 4 Grammy awards
In addition to these awards, Will has received many nominations including Primetime Emmy Award and Tony award. Because of these nominations and awards, Will Smith became the first black man to get huge success in Hollywood.
Furthermore, Will Smith movies made many records at the International box office. As of 2021, Will Smith films have made more than $9.3 billion globally. This collection made him one of Hollywood’s bankable stars.
His contributions to the industry changed many trends. Let’s review the work of Will Smith in the industry and how it changed the world.
Will Smith’s Musical Career
In high school, Will Smith was given the nickname “Prince Charming”. Will used this name as the “Fresh Prince” to reflect the more hip-hop sound when he started his musical career.
Furthermore, he teamed up with his schoolmate and DJ Jeffrey Towns whom he met in 1981. The trio started recording as the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff and released their first song Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble in 1986.
After this single, they released the album Rock the House. Later in 1988, the trio released the record-breaking single Parents Just Don’t Understand. Because of this single, Will won his first Grammy Award.
Smith gets attention from the public because of its wide crossover appeal. He was sometimes characterized as “Light rap” because of the light themes and lyrics in his raps. He released many other platinum-certified recordings and got the attention of television producers.
In 1990, the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air aired on TV which was based on Will Smith’s real-life persona. The sitcom ran on NBC for 6 successful seasons and ended at the star’s request.
During the running of the show, Will Smith received two Golden Globe Award nominations and became the executive producer for the last season.
Will Smith’s Acting Career
After his success on the small screen, Will expanded his career into cinema. He first acted in Where the Day Takes You in 1992. Will played the first leading role in John Guare’s successful play Six Degrees of Separation in 1993.
The turning point of Will’s career was in 1995 when he played the role in comedy-thriller Bad Boys. This movie was not appreciated by critics but it did manage to make more than 100 million worldwide. This success showed the star power of Will.
Later in 1996, Will starred in the movie Independence Day which turned out the year’s top-grossing. Will’s next science-fiction comedy movie Men in Black turned out to be a box office hit again. For this movie, Will recorded the title song that won a Grammy award. The sequels of the film were released in 2002 and 2012.
After acting in the thriller Enemy of the State in 1998, Will Smith continued his acting career. He played the enigmatic golf caddy role in The Legend of Bagger Vance in 2000. Later in 2001, He played the boxer, Muhammad Ali, in the biopic Ali.
For this movie, Will received an Academy Award nomination. Furthermore, he acted in the following movies
- I, Robot – 2004
- Hitch – 2005
- The Pursuit of Happyness – 2006
- I Am Legend – 2007
- Hancock – 2008
- Seven Pounds – 2008
- After Earth – 2013
- Focus – 2015
- Suicide Squad – 2016
- Collateral Beauty – 2016 and many more.
After 2016, Will continued to release hit movies. He even did a cameo appearance in the Bollywood movie Student of the Year 2 in 2019. Recently in the 2022 Oscar awards, Will Smith got his first Academy Award for the movie King Richard.
Will Smith Controversy
In 3 decades of his acting career, Will Smith had many controversies. But his main controversy was the slapping of Chris Rock in Oscar 2022. Many celebrities support Will for this act as they thought it is not a good idea to make a joke about someone’s illness.
While many celebrities stood against Will as they thought it was Chris Rock’s job and Will should accept it as a joke. In addition to the celebrity’s point of view, Oscar’s jury takes strict action against this action.
They banned Will Smith’s entry to the Oscars for the next 10 years. Also, this movement is considered a turning point for Will’s career. However, after the event Will publicly apologized to Chris Rock for his instant reaction.
Wrapping It All Up!!!
Smith works hard to achieve the success that he has today. But with the single slap controversy, many Celebrities stand against him. He even gets banned by the Oscars for 10 years. Because of this situation, it is important to stay calm in all situations no matter how successful you are. Handle all the situations carefully and think twice before doing anything.