Will Smith: Box Office Superstar

Overview

As USA TODAY, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "Will Smith . . . could film himself painting a fence and it would open at No. 1." Whether he's blasting away at bad guys or romancing the heroine, moviegoers love him. And because they show up at the box office, movie studio executives love him too. From humble beginnings in Philadelphia, Smith gained fame in the late 1980s as a family-friendly rapper known as the Fresh Prince. Within a few years, he was tapped to star in a new TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of ...

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Overview

As USA TODAY, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "Will Smith . . . could film himself painting a fence and it would open at No. 1." Whether he's blasting away at bad guys or romancing the heroine, moviegoers love him. And because they show up at the box office, movie studio executives love him too. From humble beginnings in Philadelphia, Smith gained fame in the late 1980s as a family-friendly rapper known as the Fresh Prince. Within a few years, he was tapped to star in a new TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show earned Smith more adorning fans. During the show's off-season, he took small parts in films. In 1996, his starring role as the action hero in Independence Day cemented him as a Hollywood superstar. Since then, he's earned two Academy Award nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness and has starred in blockbusters such as Men in Black; I, Robot; Hitch; I Am Legend; Hancock; and Seven Pounds. While he continues to act and rap, he also produces films, raises his three kids, and works for worthy causes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761342656
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,420,803
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a writer and editor who lives in New Prague, Minnesota. After earning degrees in journalism and psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato, he began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent nearly a decade writing and editing high-interest nonfiction, with more than fifty titles to his name on topics that range from extreme sports to military equipment to graphic novels. In the Sports Heroes and Legends series, his titles include Tiger Woods, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Lance Armstrong. His Motor Mania titles include Crazy Cars and Lowriders.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jump Start 4

Chapter 1 Young Will 7

Chapter 2 Prince Charming 12

Chapter 3 A New Direction 28

Chapter 4 Action Star 42

Chapter 5 Rise to the Top 50

Chapter 6 The Role of a Lifetime 66

Chapter 7 Will Smith, Superstar 78

Timeline 98

Glossary 102

Filmography 103

Discography 105

Source Notes 106

Selected Bibliography 108

Further Reading and Websites 108

Index 110

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