May 30, 2024 02:13:37

Happy Birthday, Will Smith! Take a Look at his Early Life & Most Memorable Roles

Willard Carroll “Will” Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

5 Best Movies of Will Smith


Before Will Smith filled the shoes of DC supervillain Dead shot in 2016’s Suicide Squad, in 2008, he took a different kind of “super” role. As the title role of Hancock, Smith plays a boozy, anti-social, homeless nobody who also happens to harness abilities such as lightning speed, incredible strength, indestructibility, and flight.


Disney’s live-action remake of its 1992 animated classic about magic lamps and extravagant palaces is probably not the first thing you picture when you think of Will Smith, even if it is the highest-grossing film of his career. However, imagine what Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin could have been without the actor as the Genie.

Not only does he exhibit good chemistry with Mena Massoud in the title role, he redefines the role originated by Robin Williams to something all his own, complete with decent hip-hop renditions of Alan Menken’s classic songs. 2019’s Aladdin might not have been nearly as much fun as it turned out to be without Will Smith.


A year before their collaboration as criminals who flirt with each other in Suicide Squad, Will Smith and Margot Robbie first paired together in this dramedy as… two criminals who flirt with each other. Hmm, go figure.

From the writing and directing duo Gleen Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love), Focus is a funny, sexy thriller that sees Will Smith playing a veteran con man who meets his match (professionally and romantically) with Margot Robbie. It’s appropriate for date night or even just to quench your thirst for a good crime flick.


Will Smith is the kind of actor who can switch from leading blockbusters to portraying real people with no fault in his transition. Among the many examples is his Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 2015 biopic Concussion.

Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, an accomplished pathologist who made the first discovery of a kind of football-related head trauma, which the NFL would rather keep under wraps. Concussion depicts Omalu’s dedication to the truth as a riveting David and Goliath story.

Independence Day

In Roland Emmerich’s explosive sci-fi extravaganza, we saw both the destruction of the White House and the birth of a movie star. Many credit Will Smith’s unmistakable charisma as the secret to this film’s lasting appeal.

Will Smith skyrocketed to leading man status after playing a tough air force pilot tasked with defending the Earth from malevolent extraterrestrials piloting 15-mile wide battleships in this blockbuster. This film should be called Independence Day since soon after its release, Smith would be crowned the King of the Fourth of July weekend.