Hollywood actor Will Smith left millions stunned when he marched onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre during the Academy Awards and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor has, since then, apologized for his behavior, saying he was “out of line” and that his actions are “not indicative of the man I want to be.”
Who is Will Smith?
Will Smith is a popular Actor. The latest movie in which Will Smith has acted is King Richard. Will Smith was born on September 25, 1968. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for six seasons (1990-96) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. After the series ended, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.
Smith was born in West Philadelphia, the son of Caroline (Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., a refrigeration engineer. He grew up in West Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood and was raised Baptist. He has three siblings, sister Pamela, who is four years older, and twins Harry and Ellen, who are three years younger. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000. Smith attended Overbrook High School. Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to college because he “wanted to rap.” Smith says he was admitted to a “pre-engineering [summer] program” at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, “My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college.”
Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997. Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth, and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Smith and his brother Harry own Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after Trey. Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles, California.
Some personal information about Will Smith
|Born||September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Birth Name||Willard Carroll Smith Jr.|
|Nicknames||Fresh Prince, Mr. July, Will|
|Height||6′ 2″ (1.88 m)|
|Spouse||Jada Pinkett Smith (31 December 1997 – present) (2 children)|
Sheree Zampino (9 May 1992 – 10 December 1995) (divorced) (1 child)
Smith Sr, Willard Carroll
What happened at the Oscar award event?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was hoping that moviegoers would be riveted by surprises at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. But they probably didn’t bank on a physical confrontation between two superstars.
The academy was hoping that movie lovers would unite and spark an uptick in ratings for the 94th Academy Awards. Late into the ceremony, however, comedian Chris Rock told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, which prompted her spouse, Will Smith, to march up to the stage and smack Rock while he was about to present the best documentary award. ABC cut out the mics just as the two started shouting at each other, but uncensored international feeds picked up the two stars yelling profanities at each other.
Moments later, Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor and apologized to the academy and his fellow nominees. “Love will make you do crazy things,” he said.
Who is Chris Rock?
Chris Rock is an American standup comedian, actor, director, producer, singer, and writer. He started his professional career as a standup comedian at age of 19, by performing in numerous small nightclubs in New York City. Chris caught the eye of the legendary American comedian and actor, Eddie Murphy while he was presenting his act at a nightspot. Murphy offered Rock his debut movie role in the movie ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’. However, he received his first major break when he was picked up as a member of the cast of the comedy series, ‘Saturday Night Live. His career began to mirror versatility as he took to expanding his repertoire by penning the script for the film CB4 and featuring in his opening HBO series, Big Ass Jokes. He received much publicity for his role as a commentator for Comedy Central’s talk show ‘Politically Incorrect’ during the 1996 Presidential elections. His popularity and fame as an extraordinary standup performer peaked following appearances in a string of successful HBO comedy specials. Shortly after, his reputation began to fade, and in order to revive his flagging career went back to delivering acts in small nightclubs covering controversial subjects such as race relations. He came back with a bang by bagging significant roles in TV serials and movies.
Some personal information about Chris Rock
|Born||February 7, 1965 (Aquarius)|
|Born In||Andrews, South Carolina, United States|
|Nicknames||Christopher Julius Rock|
|Height||5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males|
|Spouse||Spouse/Ex-: Malaak Compton Rock (M. 1996–2016)|
Father – Julius Rock
Mother – Rosalie Rock
Children: Lola Simone Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock
- After dropping out of school, Chris Rock did odd jobs at several fast-food joints and cafeterias to make ends meet. He laid the foundations of his career as a standup comedian in 1984 by performing in the nightclubs and comedy clubs of New York City, including at ‘Catch a Rising Star’.
- Rock, slowly and gradually inched his way upwards, through the rank and file of New York City’s comedic industry. His initial success and fame helped him to land small parts in movies including ‘Krush Grove’, ‘Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen, and ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’ as well as TV serials, like ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Uptown Comedy Express’.
- In 1990, he was selected to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) the hugely popular comedy series that put him on par with other newly recruited cast members like Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Chris Farley. In the following year, he came up with his first comedy record titled ‘Born Suspect’.
- ’CB4’ which was made on a shoestring budget was a modest blockbuster, earning revenues nearly three times the movie budget. Chris went on to appear in a string of comedy specials endorsed by HBO from 1994 to 2008 that brought him unprecedented success and made him a household name in the entertainment industry.