The obstacle came when Will started wasting a lot of money and ended racking up a tax bill of $2.8 million. The IRS took multiple possessions of Smith’s, and it was at that point he was approached about the making of the sitcom that is ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.
Needing capital, and open to trying new ideas, Smith accepted the chance, and the show was a huge victory. For a short while, 25% of his pay-cheque from the production was going straight to the IRS.
After performing in the show, he starred in numerous films in the ’90s, including Men in Black, Six Degrees of Separation, Bad Boys, and Enemy of the State.
Since that time, Will Smith has broken acting records, performed in some of the most successful movies worldwide, and has become one of the highest-paid performers in the world.
Smith has served with some of the best actors in the movie industry, including Jason Bateman, Margot Robbie, Martin Lawrence, and his very own son Jaden Smith.
As of 2020, Will Smith’s net worth is estimated at $350 million.
Here’s a list of some of the best films Will Smith has starred in:
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Bad Boys I & II (1995 and 2002)
- Independence Day (1996)
- Men in Black I, II & III (1997, 2002 and 2012)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Ali (2001)
- Hitch (2005)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (in 2006)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Seven Pounds (in 2008)
- Focus (2015)
- Suicide Squad (2016)
- Bright (2017)
- Aladdin (2019)
- Gemini Man (2019)