The Will Smith Quiz

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About This Quiz

With a successful career in music, television and film, there's no question Will Smith is one of the biggest triple-threats in show biz. Take our quiz to see how much you know about his life and career.

Where was Will Smith born?

Just like his "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" character, Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia. Unlike his TV role, he was a good student born to middle-class parents.

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When did Will Smith release his first album?

Smith and friend DJ Jazzy Jeff released "Rock the House" three weeks before Smith's high school graduation.

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True or false: Will Smith planned to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but he turned down a full scholarship in favor of a rap career.

Contrary to rumor, Smith never planned to attend MIT, and he was never offered a scholarship to the school.

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True or false: Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff won the first-ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance.

The first rap Grammy went to Smith and Jazzy Jeff in 1988.

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True or false: Thanks to his music career, Smith was a millionaire before the age of 18.

While Smith made more than a million dollars before he became an adult, financial troubles — particularly with the IRS — left him nearly broke by the time he hit 21.

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What year did "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" premiere?

"Fresh Prince" hit the airwaves in 1990 and lasted for six seasons.

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True or false: Will Smith never released another album after he started acting.

Smith released "Homebase" in 1991, which featured the hit "Summertime." He released another album in 1993, all while filming his popular TV show.

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True or false: Jada Pinkett auditioned to play Will's girlfriend on "Fresh Prince" in 1990 and was rejected for the role.

Pinkett may have missed out on the role, but she and Smith stayed friends and later married.

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What 1993 film gave Will Smith his first leading movie role?

Will played a gay street hustler in "Six Degrees of Separation" but requested a stand-in for a guy-on-guy kissing scene.

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Who played opposite Smith in "Bad Boys"?

Martin Lawrence and Smith co-starred in the 1995 buddy-cop film.

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What year did "Independence Day" hit theaters?

Smith played a heroic air force pilot who battled aliens in the 1996 blockbuster.

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Who starred opposite Smith in "Men in Black"?

Jones and Smith starred in the alien flick "Men in Black," which became one of the highest-grossing films of 1997.

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What is the name of Smith's 1997 album?

"Big Willie Style" featured several hit singles, including the theme song to the "Men in Black" movie.

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What sport was featured in the 2000 movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance"?

Smith played a caddy to Matt Damon in the 2000 flick.

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Where did Smith marry Jada Pinkett?

Smith and Pinkett married Dec. 31, 1998, just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, Pinkett's hometown.

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True or false: Smith turned down the role of Neo in "The Matrix."

Smith turned down the role of Neo — which later went to Keanu Reeves.

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What movie caused Will to turn down the role in "The Matrix"?

Will skipped "The Matrix" in favor of "Wild Wild West," which made only $113 million in the U.S. but cost $200 million to make.

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Which movie earned Smith his first Oscar nod?

Smith earned an Oscar nomination for the 2001 film about boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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Who beat out Smith to win the Oscar for Best Actor in 2002?

Washington won for "Training Day." Halle Berry won for "Monster's Ball" that same year, making 2002 a groundbreaking year for African-American actors.

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Which 2006 film gave Will Smith his second Oscar nomination?

Smith earned an Oscar nod in 2007 for "The Pursuit of Happyness," but Forest Whitaker took the Best Actor honor over Smith.

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How old was Jaden Smith when he co-starred in "The Pursuit of Happyness"?

Jaden was just 8 years old when he earned critical acclaim for his performance in "The Pursuit of Happyness."

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Which 2007 Will Smith film was based on a book by celebrated horror writer Richard Matheson?

"I Am Legend" was not only a classic Matheson novel but also a spin on the film "Omega Man."

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Who starred opposite Smith in "Hancock"?

Theron and Smith co-starred in "Hancock," where Will Smith played a superhero — sort of.

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What role does Will Smith play in "Men in Black" and its sequels?

Smith plays Agent J in the film, which spawned two sequels, including "Men in Black III," which earned $624 million on a $215 million budget. Not bad for the third film in a franchise.

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What year did "Hitch" come out?

Smith's first romantic comedy, co-starring Eva Mendes, came out in 2005.

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What was the title of Smith's fourth studio album, which came out in 2005?

"Lost and Found" featured several hit singles, including "Switch" and "Party Starter."

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Who co-starred with Will Smith in the film "Focus"?

Robbie and Smith get romantically involved in the dark comedy-thriller "Focus," which came out in 2015.

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What franchise did the 2015 film "Concussion" take aim at?

"Concussion" focuses on NFL players and the effects that repeated head trauma can have on their health.

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What accent did Will Smith have to master for "Concussion"?

Will Smith took on a Nigerian accent to play Dr. Bennet Omalu.

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Which of the following is not one of Will's children?

Will has three kids: Willow, Jaden and Willard, better known as Trey.

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