At a Glance

Will Smith : Biography at a Glance

  • Will Smith is an actor, producer and musician, two-time Academy Award nominee, Grammy Award and NAACP award winner who has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television and multiplatinum records.
  • His filmography includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in Ali, The Pursuit of Happiness and Concussion.
  • He has also starred in Hitch, I am Legend, I, Robot, Independence Day, and Men in Black I ,II, & III.
  • He began his career as a musician selling millions of records worldwide before crossing over into television with the beloved Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
  • Co-founder of Westbrook Inc and   its subsidiary, Westbrook Studios which has projects including King Richard, EmancipationPlanes, Trains, & AutomobilesRedd Zone, and Soul Superhero.
  • He also executive produced and hosted Netflix’s six-part docuseries Amend: The Fight for America, which explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
  • He is dedicated to working toward the advancement of communities and individuals through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.
Biography

Will Smith is an actor, producer, and musician, two-time Academy Award nominee, Grammy Award and NAACP Image Award winner who has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television, and multi-platinum records. Launching his media company in 2019, Westbrook Inc., Smith pushes for projects that focus on empowering artists to tell stories that connect with a global audience.

Starting as a rapper in 1985, Smith is best known for his acting roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I Am Legend, the Bad Boys and Men in Black film series, Hitch and most recently, Aladdin. His vast filmography also includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, both which garnered him Academy Award nominations, as well as his role in Concussion. Smith recently produced and starred in 2020’s biggest box office hit, Bad Boys for Life in addition to producing and appearing in HBO Max’s emotional The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 30th Anniversary Reunion special. He also executive produced and hosted Netflix’s six-part docuseries Amend: The Fight for America, which explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with an inclusive array of contemporary thought-leaders and experts.  

Next up, Smith will star as Richard Williams, the infamous father of American icons Venus and Serena Williams, in Warner Brothers’ King Richard. He also serves as a producer on the project through his Westbrook Studios. The film recounts the path to greatness the tennis icons would endure under their father and is set to release in theaters on November 19th .

Currently, Smith is in production on Apple’s upcoming scripted action thriller Emancipation. The film is based on a true story and Smith will star as a slave named Peter who sets out on an intense journey fleeing a Louisiana plantation following a brutal whipping. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and produced by Smith’s very own, Westbrook Studios. 

Most recently, Smith wrapped up shooting for Amend: The Fight for America, a six-part, Netflix docuseries that uses a multimedia narrative format to explore the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. The series is among several other production projects from Westbrook Studios, including a two-season order from Peacock for Bel-Air, the dramatic reboot of Will Smith’s iconic The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air set to premiere in 2022.

Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., the media company launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada, and led by Co-Presidents, Jon Mone (Film) and Terence Carter (Television) with the mission to empower artists to tell stories that connect the world. Westbrook Inc. houses Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media, the digital content studio, social media management, and creative brand incubator, and direct to consumer business, Good Goods. Westbrook Studios film projects include King Richard, Emancipation, the remake of the 1980s classic Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, starring Will Smith and Kevin Hart, the upcoming sports drama Redd Zone, starring Jada Pinkett Smith; and the recently announced live action musical fantasy film, Soul Superhero. Upcoming TV projects include the recently announced adventure series Welcome to Earth, set to premiere on Disney+ later this year, season 4 of the beloved series Cobra Kai set to launch on Netflix in December, and most recently, Netflix docuseries Amend: The Fight for America, and Bel-Air, the dramatic reboot of Will Smith’s iconic The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

Smith and his wife also founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to benefit inner-city community development, youth educational projects and under-privileged children and their families. 

Reviews

Will and his entire team were a pleasure to work with and Will was great onstage and off.

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