The high-budget cop movie saw him team up with comic Martin Lawrence , breaking away from the black-cop-white-cop formula that had been so successful for Beverly Hills Cop and the Lethal Weapon series. The two black leads proved an instant success and Smith — playing the smooth lady killer to Lawrence's clown — was established as leading man material. He played an Air Force pilot leading the counterattack against invading alien forces, and his comedic talents effortlessly transformed into the pithy one-liners all action heroes need to be able to drop while dispatching their enemies.
Smith fought aliens again in his next blockbuster, the comic sci-fi action film, Men in Black The biopic Ali , based on boxing legend Muhammad Ali , gave Smith the opportunity to regain his big-screen swagger. His turn as the charismatic boxing great saw Smith put in the performance of his life, training and disciplining himself to extraordinary lengths to do justice to the athleticism — and ego — of the titular character.
The film underwhelmed at the box office despite a record-breaking opening day, but Smith's performance was strong enough to garner him his first Academy Award nomination. Neither was a flop, but neither matched the impressive box-office take of its predecessor.
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Staying with the sci-fi action theme, Smith moved on to I, Robot in The Isaac Asimov adaptation featured Smith as a futuristic cop investigating a murder by a robot and then battling a robot insurgency. Starring alongside his real-life son Jaden, Smith captivated audiences with the story of a single father who has to build a life from scratch.
He received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance. The film became a national and international hit. After a hiatus, Smith returned to the big screen in with Men in Black 3 , followed by a turn as a military commander in the critically panned M. He then made a cameo as Lucifer in the film Winter's Tale Smith's next leading role came with the heist caper Focus , co-starring Margot Robbie. In February , Smith announced that he would not be returning for the Suicide Squad sequel. Next up is a starring role in Ang Lee's Gemini Man , which has Smith pulling double duty — with help from digital technology — as a year-old assassin assigned to kill a year-old version of himself.
Additionally, the A-lister is set to return to his successful cop-buddy franchise with Bad Boys for Life. Smith has been married twice. He has been married to actress Jada Pinkett Smith since The couple's son, Jaden, was born in , and their daughter, Willow, was born in Smith leans politically liberal and has made donations to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama. Smith is a fan of chess and video games, and is known to take his mother on vacation every year, usually to the Canyon Ranch spa in Tucson, Arizona.
Smith, a refrigeration company owner. His middle class upbringing saw him attend the strict Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, despite his family's observation of the Baptist faith. He went on to attend Overbrook High School. His West Philadelphia neighborhood was a melting pot of cultures where Orthodox Jews co-existed with a large Muslim population. Barack Obama. Scott Joplin. Maya Angelou. Nat Turner. Alice Walker. Angela Bassett. Madam C. Al Sharpton. Morgan Freeman.
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