Creator: Will Smith

Whether he's playing a cool young fighter pilot in Independence Day or a 19th century steampunk cowboy in Wild Wild West or a Converse-wearing Luddite in I, Robot, there's something distinctly ... Will Smithian about every piece of dialogue he delivers. All of the other actors in his movies are saying lines in the script that either further the plot or set up jokes, while Will Smith gets to say things like 'Aw, hell no' and 'Now that's what I'm talking about' and a variety of other 'Will Smith lines,' for lack of a better term.

Now dis is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... ♪

If Will Smith is not the most famous actor on the planet, he's in the top five. He's also one of the best-paid, pulling salaries estimated at $20 million per movie.

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an actor and rapper. West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days, chillin' out, maxin' relaxin' all cool, until Smith first entered the public eye as part of "DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince", a lighthearted hip-hop duo known for such songs as "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". He really came to fame with the NBC series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a relatively succesful Sitcom. In the UK it won a kid's time-slot, before moving into what has become a very successful acting career, including two Academy Award nominations.

His Uncle Tomfoolery days are pretty much gone, with Smith playing semi-serious or serious roles most of the time now, and his comedic acting not being race-based. (It also helps that he is the undisputed lead in any movie he's in — one of the few black actors who regularly does this.)

In any given movie, expect a Shirtless Scene and expect him as well to say "AW HELL NAW!" at some point.

The 44th President of the United States wouldn't mind being portrayed by him in a movie.

His most famous roles… well, the list is sort of legendary. Want proof? Just have a look at his IMDB profile. Add to this, even his stinkers tend to suck in tons of money. The failure of Wild Wild West prompted Smith to observe: "That's how big I am. I bomb over $100 million." Of all the films Smith has been the star of only one has made a loss, the Muhammad Ali biopic Ali, which was still a critical if not financial success - Smith is that much of a box office draw.

He is also the founder of Overbrook Entertainment where he produces the films from that company whether or not he actually stars in the films.

Not to be confused with legendary tough-guy actor William Smith. Or Will Smith of Whiskey Media's "Tested" site (as much as they like to joke he's the same person).



With DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Rock the House (1987)
  • He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (1988)
  • And in This Corner... (1989)
  • Homebase (1991)
  • Code Red (1993)
  • Big Willie Style (1997)
  • Willennium (1999)
  • Born to Reign (2002)
  • Lost and Found (2005)
  • TBA (2013)

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