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  • Will Smith

    Born on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

awards & nominations

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Will Smith as "Chris Gardner"

Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.

Academy Award (2006) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (2006) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Ali (2001)

Will Smith as "Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali"

With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all comers, Ali took on the law, conventions, the status quo and the war -- as well as the fists in front of him. Ali both ignited and mirrored the conflicts of his time and ours to become one of the most admired fighters in the world. Forget, now, what you thought you knew.

Academy Award (2001) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (2001) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

Will Smith as "Will Smith"

Will Smith more or less plays himself in this good-natured NBC sitcom. As the show's popular theme song explains, fictional Will's mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. Will often has fun at the expense of stuck-up cousins Carlton and Hilary.

Golden Globe (1994) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe (1993) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

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