The couple has a son, Jaden, who was born in 1998 and a daughter, Willow, born in 2000. The Smith family has homes in Florida, Sweden and Philadelphia. Like many in Hollywood, Smith is politically liberal and has made donations to the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama.
On New Year's Eve 1997, Smith wed Nutty Professor star Jada Pinkett, with whom he has been romantically linked since 1995. In July 1998, two celebrated the arrival of son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith. The actor-singer's popularity soared to new heights when he and his wife were the subjects of a Barbara Walters interview following the 1998 Academy Awards. In the course of the interview, Smith revealed his own paranoia about the government, endearing him to conspiracy theorists around the nation. Later that same year, Smith won the Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy for the Men in Black soundtrack.
In 1994, Smith and Martin_Lawrence signed on with powerhouse producers Don_Simpson and Jerry_Bruckheimer to co-star in the action-comedy Bad_Boys, in which the two play a hotshot pair of Miami cops; it eventually raked in over 141 million dollars worldwide. The following year, Smith topped his Bad_Boys success (and then some) with a turn in the sci-fi smash Independence_Day, the effects-laden tale of an alien invasion. Co-written, executive-produced, and directed by Roland_Emmerich for 20th Century Fox, this picture eventually pulled in over 816 million dollars globally, making it not only the top grosser of 1996, but one of the most lucrative motion pictures in history. Smith then tackled the same thematic ground (albeit in a completely different genre), as a government-appointed alien hunter partnered up with Tommy_Lee_Jones in Barry_Sonnenfeld's zany comedy Men in Black (1997), another smash success.
Drawing on his experiences of fledgling stardom, NBC signed Smith to star in a sitcom about a street-smart kid from Philadelphia being shipped off to California to live with wealthy relatives in Bel-Air. Playing on his rapper persona and at times featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was a huge success that ran for six seasons. As well as the show, the rap duo kept producing music until 1993. The 1991 album Homebase produced the hits “Summertime” and “Ring My Bell” and their final album together, 1993’s Code Red, was notable for “Boom! I Shake The Room”. While still making The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith began a second cross-over into movies. Small roles in the drama Where The Day Takes You and the comedy Made In America were followed by a critically-acclaimed lead in the drama Six Degrees of Separation.
Six months after marrying fashion design student Sheree Zampino (they met in 1991), the couple has their first child. Named Willard C. Smith III, their son goes by the nickname "Trey." Smith and Zampino, however, separate in 1995. Smith dedicates his 1998 single "Just the Two of Us," to Trey – who stars alongside his dad in the video – telling him, "It didn't work out with me and your mom/But yo, push come to shove/You was conceived in love."
06/08/1989 Will Smith (Fresh Prince) and Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) win they first grammy award for best rap performance for parents: Just do not understand.
Despite his parents' wishes, he didn't want to go to college anyway - the music was now his thing and, come college time, he'd already made a huge success of it. The pair's music was quirky, cheery and squeaky clean, a far cry from the new Gangsta Rap that was beginning to rear its bloodied head, and mainstream success was near-immediate. Their first single, Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (sampling the theme to I Dream Of Jeannie) was a hit in 1986, boosting the sales of their debut album Rock The House and making Will a millionaire at the age of 18. He wouldn't stay rich for long, though. Forgetting to pay his tax he was cleaned out by the IRS and forced to build his fortune again. Fortunately, more hits followed, including the album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper, the first hip-hop LP to go double-platinum.
Smith began rapping at age 12, emulating heroes like Grandmaster Flash but tingeing his rhymes with a comedic element that would later become his trademark. At 16, Smith met a DJ at a party by the name of Jeff Townes. The pair became friends, and the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born.
From kindergarten until eighth grade, Will went to Our Lady of Lourdes. He proved to be an adept student, shining in math, science, and English, where his writing--particularly of poetry--received high praise, which encouraged him to keep doing it. But there was another side to Will at school. The sense of humor he displayed with his family at mealtimes couldn't help but peek through in the classroom, where the other kids proved to be a wonderful, captive audience. It made him, as he rapidly discovered and enjoyed, the center of attention.
Will was born and raised in West Philadelphia in a town called Wynnefield. Wynnefield, also known as "The Field," was, at this time, an upscale and predominately Jewish American community. It was also considered a safe town with local boutiques and high-end stores. It was the 1960s when Will came into the world, and so much was happening. It was during this decade that John F. Kennedy took office as the 35th president of the United States. The civil rights movement to abolish racial discrimination against African Americans was underway, and protests took place all over the country.