Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born 25 September 1968) is an American actor and rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music throughout his three decades of activity. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980s, Smith achieved moderate fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince as a part of a duo alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred as the protagonist in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996. After the series ended, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.
Smith is ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which has had leading roles have accumulated gross earnings of over $100 million each, five raking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion at the global box office.