Will Smith

Will Smith

Timeline of Will Smith, a versatile American actor, rapper, and producer, renowned for his charismatic performances in blockbuster films such as Men in Black and The Pursuit of Happyness. With a career spanning decades, he has solidified his status as one of Hollywoods most bankable and beloved stars, known for his charm, wit, and versatility on screen.


September 25, 1968


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Actor and rapper


Overbrook High School in Philadelphia
25 September 1968

Birth of Will Smith

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starting his journey to become one of Hollywood's most famous actors.

10 September 1990

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Premiere

Will Smith starred in the NBC television series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' which aired from 1990 to 1996, significantly raising his profile.

09 May 1992

Marriage to Sheree Zampino

Will Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had one child together, Willard Carroll 'Trey' Smith III, before they divorced in 1995.

03 July 1997

Men in Black release

The science fiction action comedy film 'Men in Black' was released, in which Will Smith played Agent J. The movie was a huge box office success and solidified Smith's status as a leading actor in Hollywood.

31 December 1997

Marriage to Jada Pinkett

Will Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett on December 31, 1997. The couple has two children Jaden Christopher Syre Smith and Willow Camille Reign Smith, both of whom have pursued careers in entertainment.

03 November 2000

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Will Smith starred in 'The Legend of Bagger Vance' as the eponymous character, showcasing his ability to take on diverse and serious roles.

25 December 2001

Realease of 'Ali', a Movie that Chronicles the Life of Muhammed Ali

Smith starred in the biographical sports drama 'Ali', exploring his triumphs, struggles, and societal impact with a focus on his career-defining matches and activism. 'Ali' was earning Will Smith his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali.

15 December 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness Release

Portraying Chris Gardner in 'The Pursuit of Happyness', Smith received acclaim and his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

25 September 2018

Will Smith Bungee Jumps from a Helicopter

To celebrate his 50th birthday, Will Smith performed a bungee jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, an event live-streamed on his YouTube channel.

27 March 2022

Incident at the 94th Academy Awards

During the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith was involved in a highly publicized incident where he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage after a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. This event led to significant controversy and discourse regarding his actions.

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