Mr. Smith maintains that he was charismatic from his early life. This claim was exonerated by his school friends, who called him "Prince", because he could charm his way out of the stickiest of problems. He was born Willard Carroll Smith Jr. to Willard Carroll Smith Sr. and Caroline Bright. His old man owned a refrigeration company, while his mother worked in the Philadelphia school board as an administrator. He attended the Overbrook High School and was considered a bright student, but wasn't keen on pursuing education after his high school.
His major breakthrough came with the movie Independence Day where he portrayed the role of Captain Steve Hillard, a Marine pilot, who, with the rest of the planet is fighting off an alien invasion. The movie was a blockbuster and at the time was the second-highest grossing movie of all time. The movie propelled Will Smith to superstardom. People loved his role and his acting was improving movie by movie. It was also rare to see a music artist so proficient in acting. His mark was compounded with the movie Men in Black which was also a blockbuster.
There was no looking back after that, as every producer had his eyes on Smith. He became a sensation, loved by the critics and audiences alike. In 1999, he made a very controversial move in rejecting the role of Neo for the movie The Matrix. He decided to star in the movie Wild Wild West instead, which turned out to be a horrible movie. Ironically, The Matrix went on to become a sleeper hit, and Will Smith did regret his decision of refusing the role of Neo. Wild Wild West bombed at the office, but it did little to reduce Mr. Smith's popularity.
He is slated to appear in the sequels of the movies Hancock and Bad Boys. In addition to them, he is also starring in the movie Focus, alongside the upcoming actress Margot Robbie. The film has an interesting plot and the fans are eagerly waiting for it to release, especially after the glum and anticlimactic movie After Earth.
Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992 and they had a son named Willard Carroll Smith III in the same year. They divorced in 1995.