Raised in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia
Began rapping at age 12
Began collaborating on rap music with musician Jeffrey Townes (aka 'DJ Jazzy Jeff')
Reportedly turned down a scholarship to pursue music instead
Released first single with Townes, "Girls Ain't Nothin' But Trouble" as the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
First film, a bit part as a pollster in "The Imagemaker"
Duo released double album <i>He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper</i>
Produced and performed song "Jazzy's in the House" for feature "License to Drive"
Reportedly made and lost (due to excessive spending) his first $1 million by age 20
Starred on hit comedy series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC)
With DJ Jazzy Jeff, released rap classic "Summertime"
Feature acting debut in significant role, "Where the Day Takes You"
Breakthrough dramatic feature lead, "Six Degrees of Separation"; played con man who ingratiates himself with NYC society by claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son
Hosted the Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Youth (part of the inaugural gala for President Clinton)
Became bona fide movie star with "Bad Boys"
Starred as a fighter pilot battling aliens in the blockbuster "Independence Day"
Released debut solo album <i>Big Willie Style</i>
Teamed with Tommy Lee Jones in the comedy "Men in Black," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
With childhood friend James Lassiter, formed Overbrook Entertainment (September); company landed production deal at Universal
Played a labor lawyer targeted by government agents in the thriller "Enemy of the State"; first screen appearance opposite Jon Voight
Reteamed with Sonnenfeld to portray James West in the big screen version of "Wild Wild West"
Played a mysterious golf caddy in the period drama "The Legend of Bagger Vance," co-starring Matt Damon and directed by Robert Redford
Portrayed boxer Muhammad Ali in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali"; Jon Voight appeared as sportscaster Howard Cosell; received Best Actor Oscar nomination
Reteamed with Tommy Lee Jones for "Men in Black II"
Reteamed with Martin Lawrence for "Bad Boys 2"
Guest starred on an episode of the UPN comedy "All Of Us," which he also executive produced
Executive produced and starred in the big-screen verison of sci-fi author Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot"
Voiced the character of Oscar in the animated feature "Shark Tale"
Starred opposite Eva Mendes in the romantic comedy "Hitch"
Produced and co-starred with real life son in "Pursuit of Happyness," a true rags-to-riches story based on the life of Chris Gardner; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
Played 'the last man on Earth' in the film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel "I Am Legend"
Co-starred with Charlize Theron in the superhero-themed "Hancock"
Played a suicidal IRS agent trying to help seven strangers in the drama "Seven Pounds'
Nominated for the 2008 People¿s Choice Award for Favorite Male Star
Nominated for the 2008 People¿s Choice Award for Favorite Male Action Star
Reprised his role of Agent J in "Men in Black III"; re-teamed with director Barry Sonnenfeld and co-star Tommy Lee Jones