Will Smith

Smith in 2005, cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1968

Ethnicity: African-American

Will Smith, also known as The Fresh Prince, is an American actor, rapper, songwriter, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for King Richard (2021). His many roles also include Independence Day, Men in Black, Bad Boys, Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Concussion, and Aladdin.

Will is the son of Caroline (Bright) and Willard Carroll Smith. His parents are both African-American. Will is married to actress and musician Jada Pinkett Smith. He has a son, actor and disc jockey Trey Smith, with his former wife, actress and fashion designer Sheree Fletcher; and two children, actors and singers Jaden Smith and Willow Smith, with Jada.

Will first gained fame as a hip hop MC, and collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff, as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He then starred in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Will’s paternal grandfather was George Wilmer/Willard Emmett Smith (the son of William Smith and Orlinda Dickens). George was born in North Carolina.

Will’s paternal grandmother was Ellen King (the daughter of Claude King and Alice L.).

Will’s maternal grandmother is named Helen.

Sources: Obituary of Will’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Will Smith (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

58 Responses

  1. Hill says:

    Does the caucasian ancestry go so far back it’s untracable?

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