Will Smith has been a popular figure in the music and acting industry since the late ’80s. His energetic charisma, funny laid-back attitude and outgoing personality make him a fan favorite among viewers. It’s no wonder he holds the title of the most Teen Choice Awards! He’s literally one of the most popular actors in Hollywood! He’s also one of those actors in who just gets better with age. Not only did he master the music industry by winning four Grammy Awards, he’s also become one of the most profitable actors in Hollywood. He’s earned five Golden Globe Awards and two Oscar nominations for his role in Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness. He’s got a string of box office hits. Will Smith is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon and we don’t want him to! Now his kids are weening into the music and acting business and contributing to the Pinkett-Smith empire. In honor of his upcoming 49th birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you might not have known about Will Smith!
Born Willard Carroll “Will” Smith Jr. in 1968, he was raised in Philadelphia in the ’70s along with his three siblings, an older sister named Pamela, and twins Harry and Ellen who are three years younger. His mother, Caroline Bright was a school board administrator and his father, Willard Carroll Smith Sr. was a refrigeration engineer. He was surrounded by religion as a child, with the majority of his neighborhood being Jewish, the next neighborhood over was Muslim and his family household was Baptist. He then attended a primarily white Catholic school. Music has been a big part of his life from a young age. When he was only 12-years-old he was performing rap music at parties with his friends and by the age of 20 he was in the number seven spot on the Billboard hits and had won a Grammy.