Full Name: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.
Biography: Achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince, before starring in the popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
In the mid-1990s, he moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films including "Independence Day" and the "Men in Black" series of films.
- 1997-12-31 American rapper and actor "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (31) weds actress Jada Pinkett (26) in Baltimore, Maryland
- 1996-06-25 "Independence Day" directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California
- 1998-09-10 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win
- 1999-09-09 16th MTV Video Music Awards: Lauryn Hill & Will Smith win
- 2000-01-17 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win
- 2005-11-22 32nd American Music Awards: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson win
- 2009-01-07 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)
- 2022-03-13 75th BAFTA awards: Best Film "The Power of the Dog", Best Director Jane Campion, acting awards Joanna Scanlan, Will Smith
- 2022-03-27 94th Academy Awards: "CODA" wins best film, best director Jane Campion, best actress Jessica Chastain, best actor Will Smith who also controversially slaps host Chris Rock live on stage
- 2022-03-28 Actor Will Smith issues an apology on Instagram to Oscars host Chris Rock for slapping him live on stage during the ceremony
- 2022-04-08 US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bans Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years after he slapped host Chris Rock on stage during the 2022 ceremony
- The Best and Worst Moments of the 2022 Oscars - New York Times
- Will Smith Barred From Attending Oscars for 10 Years After Slap - NY Times
- Will Smith issues apology to Chris Rock over slapping incident at Oscars - CNN