Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, and rapper who has enjoyed success in television, film, and music and achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. He is best known for his television role as a fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996 and has ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films, including Bad Boys and its sequel, Independence Day, the Men in Black film franchise, Enemy of the State, Ali, I, Robot, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, Seven Pounds, and After Earth. He received Academy Award for Best Actor nominations for his roles in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.

He appeared in Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration and the Miramax Films film Jersey Girl. He is also Jada Pinkett Smith's husband. On January 11, 2017, it was reported that he is in talks to star in the remake as the father of some children who befriend Dumbo in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Dumbo. The following month, it was announced that Smith would not be starring in the film. Smith had apparently passed on the project due to a disagreement over salary and scheduling as well as to star in Bad Boys for Life. However, as of April 2017, he is now in talks to portray the Genie in the live-action remake of Aladdin. He was mentioned in the Jonas L.A. episode Wrong Song.