Will Smith is one of the most talented and famous celebrities of all time and one of the richest men in the US under 45. This top A-list star has been featured in numerous films. He has been a very successful actor in many blockbusters, multi-million dollar movies such as Men in Black and Independence Day.
Initially, he was a big name in the music industry. He was a rapper and won the very first American-Music Award for that category. Will started acting when he took his Fresh Prince rapping act in the Television Series the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
After he had ventured into the filming industry, then he began starring in several feature movies, and the rest is history. It was a real meteoric rise from his humble beginnings in Philadelphia to where he is today.
Smith has acted in movies which have reached more than 5 billion dollars in the box office internationally. Therefore, he’s one of the highly paid Hollywood actors. Since he and DJ Jazzy Jeff began rapping in the early 80’s, he has been very famous, and success also followed him when he started his acting career in 1990.
Along the way, he has gotten many awards, like 3 NAACP Image Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 1 Saturn Award, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Grammy’s, On top of being nominated for 4 Golden Globes and2 Oscars.
However, there are some things about this handsome and enigmatic actor which are sure to stun even the most diehard fans. That’s a quite impressive list for anyone.
If you’re a diehard fan of Will Smith and looking for Will Smith Interesting Facts, then you’re in the right place. Below are some things you probably didn’t about this celebrity icon.
1. Smith Was Once Bankrupt
Will Smith is popular for his philanthropic and benevolence nature. He makes several charity donations and offers cash to organizations such as Dream Foundation, Feeding America, and Miami’s Children Hospital Foundation.
Currently, Will has a huge amount of money, but he was once bankrupt in his earlier days. Before he began his acting career as the Fresh Prince, IRS (Internal Revenue Service) had taken all the money and property he possessed.
It was a result of 2.8 million dollars tax bill the actor had to pay. Since he wasn’t able to pay that amount, IRS
It was because the actor had 2.8 million dollars to be paid as a tax bill. Since he was unable to pay the amount, IRS took away all of his belongings, and he was bankrupt in 1990.
2. Smith Didn’t Go to College
There are several rumors that claim that Smith got an excellent score in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Though he had admitted that he got a very good score in that specific examination but, he hasn’t publicly accepted the same.
Perhaps, the rumor is based on Will’s fictional role from the TV series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” who got excellent marks in the SAT examination but rejected a scholarship offer from Prince University.
In his real life, Smith was a millionaire when he was 18 years old. With the huge amount of cash just sitting in his bank account and a prosperous acting career ahead, this actor felt that there was no need to enroll in college and acquire higher education.
He was a very bright student but still, he chose to pursue acting instead of enrolling in college. There are numerous reports which claim that Will could’ve easily gotten admission in top universities of America like MIT, Harvard, Oxford, etc. but destiny had something different in store for him.
Will Smith has raised a Baptist but joined a Catholic school in Philadelphia. Regardless of the amount of time, he spent around Catholic Faith he admits he accepted it but didn’t embrace it. He managed to retain his Baptist roots very well into his adulthood but has since had a change of heart.
He’s been accused of believing in Scientology; he refuted that, but then added that he likes most of their philosophies on life and some other things. He now claims that he does not subscribe to any religion, not to be mistaken with an atheist.
Among his millions of dollars in donations, every year are Jewish charities, Catholic charities, Muslim charities, Scientology Organizations, and other religions as well. So, it’s obvious that although he claims no religion he certainly believes in what they’re doing enough to support them.
4. How His Career Got Started
He started copying his favorite rappers, such as Grandmaster Flash when he was twelve years old. When he was 16, he met Jeff Towne at a party and they immediately became best friends and began performing together rapping, spinning music, and entertaining.
They became popular as the duo The Fresh Prince (Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Towne). The duo’s music was famous rap since it stayed away from the edgy, violent form of rap which was common on the west coast at the time. Their success finally turned into the first recipients of the American Music Award for the Rap category.
5. Smith Went to Catholic School
Like the theme song of “Fresh Prince” says, Smith was born and grew up in West Philadelphia. But he didn’t spend most of his childhood days in the playground. Rather he spent the better part of his time in the Overbrook High School.
It’s a Catholic school with a high level of discipline and Will loved studying in a classroom with his classmates. The community of West Philadelphia contained a wide variety of people ranging from the orthodox Jews to Indians and large Muslim community.
Even though Smith’s family attended the services at a Baptist church but they sent their young kid to an exacting Catholic school in their area. Smith was so famous in the school for his extracurricular activities and studies, and he was popularly known as “Prince” by some students.