30 Interesting Things Most People Don’t Know About Will Smith

About Will Smith

Will Smith is an American actor, rapper, and producer. He began his career as a rapper in the late 1980s, and released his first solo studio album, Big Willie Style, in 1997. He later transitioned to acting, starring in various television shows and films. Smith is best known for his roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men in Black, Independence Day, Hancock, and The Pursuit of Happyness. He has won four Grammy Awards and earned two Academy Award nominations. He is also the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office.

30 Interesting Things Most People Don’t Know About Will Smith

• He was originally cast to play Neo in The Matrix
• He was the first rapper to be nominated for an Academy Award
• He has three children with Jada Pinkett Smith
• He was a DJ before becoming an actor
• He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix because he wanted to focus on music
• He was the first rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
• He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over 100 million at the box office
• He was the first African American to play a superhero in a major motion picture
• He founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation
• He wrote and produced the theme song for his TV show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
• He was a part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011
• He wrote, produced and starred in the hit film, Ali
• He has his own production company, Overbrook Entertainment
• He was the first rapper to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone
• He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
• He was the first artist to have a #1 album and #1 movie in the same week
• He was the first actor to have four consecutive films gross over $100 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 8 consecutive films gross over $100 million domestically
• He was the first actor to have 10 consecutive films gross over $100 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 11 consecutive films gross over $100 million domestically
• He was the first actor to have 12 consecutive films gross over $100 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 13 consecutive films gross over $200 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 14 consecutive films gross over $300 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 15 consecutive films gross over $400 million worldwide
• He is the only actor to have 8 consecutive films gross over $500 million worldwide
• He is the only actor to have 9 consecutive films gross over $600 million worldwide
• He is the only actor to have 10 consecutive films gross over $700 million worldwide
• He is the only actor to have 11 consecutive films gross over $800 million worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 4 consecutive films gross over $1 billion worldwide
• He was the first actor to have 5 consecutive films gross over $1 billion worldwide