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Will Smith

Name Willard Carroll Smith Jr.
Date of birth September 15, 1968
Birth place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names The Fresh Prince
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Net worth  $250 million (2014)
Spouse(s) Sheree Zampino
(m. 1992; div. 1995)
Jada Koren Pinkett
(m. 1997)
Children 3, including Jaden and Willow
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Labels Jive/RCA
Associated acts DJ Jazzy Jeff
Mary J. Blige
Christina Vidal
Kenny Greene
Tichina Arnold


Willard Carroll Smith Jr. was born on September 15, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Caroline (Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. (died 2016), a refrigeration engineer. He grew up in West Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist. He has three siblings, sister Pamela, who is four years older, and twins Harry and Ellen, who are three years younger. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000.

Smith attended Overbrook High School. Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to college because he “wanted to rap.” Smith says he was admitted to a “pre-engineering [summer] program” at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, “My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college.”

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