Will Smith filmography

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A photograph of Will Smith attending the premiere of The Karate Kid in 2010
Smith at the premiere of The Karate Kid in 2010

Will Smith is an American actor and producer. His breakthrough came when he played a fictionalized version of himself in the 1990s television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[1][2] The role brought him international recognition and two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[1][3] He also served as an executive producer on 24 episodes of the series.[4] Two years later, Smith made his film debut in the drama Where the Day Takes You, where he appeared as a disabled homeless man.[5] In 1995, he starred as a police officer with Martin Lawrence in Michael Bay's Bad Boys. The following year, Smith appeared as a Marine Corps pilot with Jeff Goldblum in Roland Emmerich's science fiction film Independence Day.[6] The film grossed over $817 million at the worldwide box office and was the highest grossing of 1996.[7] In 1997, he starred as Agent J in the science fiction film Men in Black, a role he reprised in its sequels Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black 3 (2012).

Smith portrayed heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali. For his performance he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.[3][8] In 2004, he appeared in the animated film Shark Tale, and science fiction film I, Robot. The following year he starred as a professional dating consultant in the romantic comedy Hitch.[9] Smith's portrayal of entrepreneur and salesman Chris Gardner in the biopic The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor.[3][10][11] In 2008, he played a vigilante superhero in Hancock. While the film received poor reviews, it became his eighth consecutive to gross over $100 million at the North American box office and grossed a worldwide total of over $624 million.[a][13][14] In 2015, Smith portrayed Nigerian-American physician Bennet Omalu in the biopic Concussion for which he garnered a nomination for a Golden Globe Award.[3] The following year, he appeared in the action film Suicide Squad, which grossed over $745 million at the worldwide box office.[15][16] In 2019, Smith starred as the Genie in the live-action adaptation of the 1992 animation film of the same name, Aladdin. The film is his highest grossing, with a worldwide box office total of over $1 billion.[17]

Film[edit]

Year Title Functioned as Notes Ref(s)
Actor Producer Writer Role(s)
1992 Where the Day Takes You Yes No No Manny [18]
1993 Made in America Yes No No Tea Cake Walters [19]
Six Degrees of Separation Yes No No Paul [20]
1995 Bad Boys Yes No No Mike Lowrey [21]
1996 Independence Day Yes No No Capt. Steven Hiller [6]
1997 Men in Black Yes No No James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J
[b]
[22]
1998 Enemy of the State Yes No No Robert Clayton Dean [23]
1999 Wild Wild West Yes No No Captain James West [24]
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Yes No No Bagger Vance [25]
2001 Ali Yes No No Muhammad Ali [26]
2002 Showtime No Yes No N/A Executive producer [4][27]
Men in Black II Yes No No James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J[b]
[28]
2003 Bad Boys II Yes No No Mike Lowrey [29]
Ride or Die No Yes No N/A Executive producer [4][30]
2004 Jersey Girl Yes No No Himself Cameo [31][32]
I, Robot Yes Yes No Detective Del Spooner Executive producer [33]
The Seat Filler No Yes No N/A Executive producer [4][34]
Saving Face No Yes No N/A [4][35]
Shark Tale Yes No No Oscar (voice) [36]
2005 Hitch Yes Yes No Alex "Hitch" Hitchens [37]
2006 ATL No Yes No N/A [4][38]
The Pursuit of Happyness Yes Yes No Chris Gardner [39]
2007 I Am Legend Yes No No Robert Neville [40]
2008 Hancock Yes Yes No John Hancock [41]
The Human Contract No Yes No N/A Executive producer [4][42]
The Secret Life of Bees No Yes No N/A [4][43]
Lakeview Terrace No Yes No N/A [4][44]
Seven Pounds Yes Yes No Tim Thomas [45]
2010 The Karate Kid No Yes No N/A [46]
2012 This Means War No Yes No N/A [47]
Men in Black 3 Yes No No James Darrell Edwards III
Agent J[b]
[48]
2013 After Earth Yes Yes Yes Cypher Raige Story [49]
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Yes No No ESPN Reporter Cameo [50]
2014 Winter's Tale Yes No No Lucifer Cameo [51]
Annie No Yes No N/A [52]
2015 Focus Yes No No Nicky Spurgeon [53]
Concussion Yes No No Bennet Omalu [54]
2016 Suicide Squad Yes No No Floyd Lawton / Deadshot[b] [55][56]
Collateral Beauty Yes No No Howard Inlet [57][58]
2017 Bright Yes No No Daryl Ward [59][60]
2019 Student of the Year 2 Yes No No Himself Cameo; Indian film [61]
Aladdin Yes No No Genie / Mariner [62][63]
Dads Yes No No Himself Documentary [64]
Gemini Man Yes No No Henry Brogan / Junior [65]
Spies in Disguise Yes No No Lance Sterling (voice) [66]
2020 Bad Boys for Life Yes Yes No Mike Lowrey [67][68]
Life in a Year No Yes No N/A Executive producer [69]
2021 King Richard Yes Yes No Richard Williams [70]
TBA Emancipation Films that have not yet been released Yes No No Peter Filming [71]
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Television[edit]

A photograph of Will Smith attending the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards
Smith at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993
Year(s) Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1990 ABC Afterschool Special Hawker Episode: "The Perfect Date"
Cameo
[72][73]
The Earth Day Special Himself [74]
Rockin' Through the Decades Host Documentary of Alvin and the Chipmunks [75]
1990–1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith Executive producer (24 episodes)
Writer (story for episode "Ain't No Business Like Show Business")
[4][76]
1992 Blossom Himself Cameo [77]
NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam Himself [78]
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Pinocchio Episode: "Pinocchio" [79]
2003–2007 All of Us Jonny Executive producer and co-creator
Writer 2 episodes
Director (episode ''The N-Word'')
[4][79]
2005 BET Awards 2005 Host [80]
2009 Un-broke: What You Need To Know About Money Himself [81]
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Host [82]
2013 The Queen Latifah Show N/A Producer [83]
2018 One Strange Rock Host Documentary series [84]
2018–present Cobra Kai N/A Executive producer [85]
2019 Will Smith's Bucket List Himself Executive producer
Documentary series
[86]
2020 Will Smith: Off the Deep End Himself Documentary [87]
2021 Amend: The Fight for America Host Documentary series [88]
2021 Best Shape of My Life Himself Executive producer
Documentary series
[89]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The streak started with Men in Black II in 2002.[12]
  2. ^ a b c d Smith played a character with two different names in this film.

References[edit]

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