Two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith has enjoyed unprecedented success in a career encompassing films, television, and multi-platinum records. For his memorable portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann’s “Ali,” he received his first Academy Award® nomination and that was followed by his second nomination for the true-life drama, “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
His extraordinary list of blockbusters includes the most recent “I Am Legend” and “Hancock.” He also thrilled audiences in such huge hits as “I, Robot”, “Independence Day,” “Men in Black”, and “Men in Black II.” He does not limit his work to acting and, along with partner James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment, produced, among others, “Hitch”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, “Seven Pounds”, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Karate Kid”, and “The Human Contract”, which marked the feature directorial debut of Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith won four esteemed titles at the 11th World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and an NAACP Image Award for “Best Actor” for his performance in “Seven Pounds” in 2009. Smith has also earned several Kids’ Choice Awards for movies such as “Independence Day,” “Wild Wild West”, “Shark Tale”, “Hitch”, and “Hancock”. Smith received the first ever Grammy Award for “Best Rap Performance” in 1989 for “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and has also won three additional Grammys for “Summertime,” “Men In Black”, and “Getting Jiggy Wit It”.
Smith has made it a mission to help others through his humanitarian efforts. Among the issues most important to Smith are children’s education and outreach. Smith has long supported schools across the country and has focused his efforts making a difference through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which Smith and his wife founded in 1997. In 2009, the Smiths founded the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, a non-profit school promoting diversity and a progressive curriculum.
Also through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, Smith is a part of the Kanimambo Foundation, a non-profit organization that implements innovative programs in Mozambique to improve the state of education, orphan care, HIV/AIDS education, and medical assistance.
Among his many accomplishments, Smith was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image in 2006 and received the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award in 2009. He was given the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal award based on his “commitment to education, cultural diversity, and social responsibility.”
Smith serves as an ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation, the African response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2009, Smith became a National Board Member for Malaria No More, a foundation with a simple goal: to end malaria deaths everywhere. Smith has also long been active with the Make a Wish Foundation, granting wishes and supporting the foundation’s efforts to better the lives of children with life-threatening conditions for over a decade and a half.