Will Smith was born to an African American family in Philadelphia in 1967. He was the second of four children. Smith began his career as a hip-hop musician in the 1980s and this led him to appear on American television. He drew the attention of a producer who assigned him a...Read more leading role in a 1993 film titled “Made in America”. Will Smith realized major fame when he shared the lead with Martin Lawrence on “Bad Boys” – a title which is considered among the best known action films of the 1990s. Thereafter Will Smith became well recognized due to the large revenues which the film received across the world. “Bad Boys” was not an exception as two films followed which received even higher revenues which went up into the hundreds of millions. Both films had similar ideas as they were both based on alien invasions of Earth, however each gave the topic different treatments. The first was 1996’s “Independence Day” and the second was 1997’s “Men in Black”, the latter saw Smith act alongside Tommy Lee Jones. Thereafter Smith continued to present successful films and this has made him among the best known and most successful black actors in the history of cinema. The actor was nominated for the Oscar twice, the first time was for 2001’s “Ali” which was directed by Michael Mann and the second was for 2006’s “The Pursuit of Happiness”.