Born on September 25th, Will Smith is an American actor, producer, rapper and songwriter: everything at once. Getting in the acting industry in the late 80s, success paved its way for an energetic, charismatic and outgoing Will, making him a fan favorite among spectators. When winning a Grammy for his music wasn’t enough, he added five Golden Globe Awards for his career in acting. With no trace of slowing down, his latest anticipated movie, ‘Suicide Squad’ hit the box office and earned a whooping 719 million dollars! On his 48th birthday, here are few cherished and astounding things you need to know about the beloved artist:
1. Will Smith never applied to college, because he wanted to rap
He was admitted in pre-engineering summer program at MIT for high school students, but he didn’t attend it.
He said, "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.”
2. He won the first Grammy award in rap category
Kick-starting his career in music with his childhood friend Jeffery by forming a duo “DJ Jezzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince”, they won the first Grammy awarded in Rap category in 1988. He was also the first Hip-hop artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.
3. He was bankrupt in 1990s
Spending money without worry and underpaying his taxes in 1988-1989, he eventually ended up being bankrupt with IRS assessing a $2.8 million tax debt against smith. They took away many of his possessions and garnished his income.
4. He was a multi-millionaire before the age of 20
As of 2014, Will Smith’s net worth is $250 million. Stemming from his success as an actor and a musician, he made his first million by the time he was 20. Starting with 2002’s Men in Black till 2008’s Hancock, each of these eight consecutive movies he starred in grossed over $100 million.
5. He’s the most bankable star worldwide according to Forbes
Consistently listed in the Fortune Magazine under ‘Richest 40’ as being among the wealthiest Americans under the age of 40, 17 of the 21 movies of Smith in a lead role accumulated $100 million each, making him the most bankable star.
6. He has topped the list of Hollywood’s Best Paid Actors
Chosen 1st on Forbes' list of Hollywood's Best Paid Actors, Smith raked in an estimated $80 million between 2007-2008. In 2014, his films grossed over $6.6 million at the global box office.
7. Smith and his son Jaden played father and son in two movies
The pursuit of happiness of 2006 on a biographical drama and a science fiction After Earth which released on 2013.
8. Will Smith helped his daughter Willow with her hit song ‘Whip my hair’
Willow Smith, Will Smith’s daughter, launched her career in music with her single ‘Whip My Hair’ and Will helped her through. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard hot 100 and was also nominated for Video of the Year at BET Awards of 2011.
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