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From ‘The Fresh Prince’ to ‘Aladdin’ (Photos)

Will Smith Evolution


Long earlier than he turned an awards season darling, Will Smith was a profitable rapper. From his early days in Philadelphia, TheWrap seems to be again on the Fresh Prince’s colourful profession. 

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Fresh Prince (1985)  A 17-year-old Will Smith met Jeff Townes by likelihood and the 2 ended up forming a hip-hop duo known as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.   

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First Grammy (1989)  DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince acquired their first ever Grammy Award for “Parents Just Don’t Understand” in 1989.

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“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-96)  After the IRS got here after Will Smith for underpaid taxes, the rapper was practically bankrupt. Luckily for him, NBC signed Smith and constructed “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” round his rap persona. The sitcom turned a ’90s cult basic. 

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“Where the Day Takes You” (1992)  Smith made his function movie appearing debut in “Where the Day Takes You.” 

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“Bad Boys” (1995)  Smith starred in “Bad Boys” alongside Martin Lawrence. Although the movie wasn’t a critics’ favourite, it did properly with audiences and have become a field workplace hit. 

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“Independence Day” (1996)  Smith scored his first blockbuster enjoying a navy pilot in the summertime alien-invasion hit “Independence Day.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith (1997-) In 1997, Smith married actress Jada Pinkett — whom he met when she auditioned to play his girlfriend on “Fresh Prince.” (The function went to Nia Long.) They had two children collectively, Jaden (born 1998) and Willow (born 2000).

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“Men in Black” (1997)  Smith owned the July four weekend on the field workplace the next yr with this sci-fi/comedy megahit, which grossed a whopping $250 million domestically. He additionally recorded his first solo single since his days with DJ Jazzy Jeff for the “Men in Black” soundtrack.

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“Wild Wild West” (1999)  Smith’s subsequent try and personal the July four weekend field workplace was a critical misfire, a big-budget motion comedy about 19-century employed weapons attempting to guard post-Civil War America from a diabolical inventor.

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“Ali” (2002)  Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his function as Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” however misplaced to Denzel Washington in “Training Day.”

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“Hitch” (2005)  The hardworking actor was acknowledged within the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three film premieres in a 24-hour interval whereas selling the rom-com “Hitch.”

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“The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)  He earned his second Oscar nomination starring as a real-life salesman and entrepreneur who struggles with homelesseness. The movie additionally marked…

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