Will Smith

Topics: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith Pages: 1 (373 words) Published: January 7, 2007
Will Smith

Willard (Will) Christopher Smith, born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is well known for his early rapping/hip hop career and later as a comedic actor. The sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which aired in 1990 helped launch Will Smith's acting career. After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended in 1996, Smith began a successful solo music career while simultaneously starring in a series of films. The first two films were hugely successful summer blockbusters: Independence Day (1996), in which he played a fearless and confident fighter pilot, and Men in Black (1997), where he played the comic and confident Agent J against Tommy Lee Jones's deadpan Agent K. Smith's acting in Men in Black won critical praise. He originally rejected the lead role in Men in Black, but wife Jada Pinkett Smith persuaded to accept. The two films established Smith's commercial reputation as an outstanding actor.

Will Smith then gained lead roles in several other successful films including Enemy of the State(1998), Men in Black II(2002), Bad Boys II(2003) and I, Robot(2004). In 2001 he played boxer Muhammad Ali in the movie Ali. Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali. Smith is one of only two hip-hop artists to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category (Best Actor, Ali, 2001). He went on a strict workout routine to gain weight for his role in Ali. His most recent film is 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness of which is nominated for two golden globes including best actor, Will Smith.

I think Will Smith is a remarkable actor because he integrates himself fully into the character which he is playing. He also has a very great sense of humor which is most often displayed through his character and acting. He is very devoted to his work and makes watching him very enjoyable. He has cut across the racial boundaries of Hollywood and opened the door for future actors of any race. People of...
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