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Will Smith

Since his days as the Fresh Prince in the '90s, actor, rapper, humanitarian, and family man Will Smith has come a long way.

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    Will Smith's popularity increased drastically due to his portrayal of a fictionalized version of himself in the '90s sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." (Warner Bros. / The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
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    "Fresh Prince" co-stars and real-life friends DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith released their debut album "Rock the House" in 1987, the first of five albums the duo collaborated on. (Photo by Jive/RCA Records ©)
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    The cast and director of 1996 film "Independence Day." (L- R) Vivica Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Roland Emmerich, and Margaret Colin. (Photo by JEFF HAYNES/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith released his first solo album, "Big Willie Style" in 1997. (Columbia Records ©)
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    Actor of the Year, Will Smith ("Wild, Wild West") with Actress of the Year, Meg Ryan at the 1999 ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith arrives in a horse-drawn carriage with his family at the premiere of his film "Wild, Wild West" in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by LUCY NICHOLSON/Getty Images)
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    Actor-musician Will Smith arrives at the premiere of his film "Wild, Wild West" with his family. (Photo by Getty Images)
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    Will Smith performs "Wild, Wild West" at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith performs "Wild, Wild West" at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith arrive at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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    Actor/rapper Will Smith kisses his Grammy for the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by HECTOR MATA/Getty Images)
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    Actor/rapper Will Smith arrives at the premiere of "Deliver Us From Eva" after party at the Cinerama Dome at the sunset room in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith films a scene in the 2001 biopic "Ali," in which he portrays the iconic heavyweight boxer. (Photo by Peter Brandt/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith bites into an Oktoberfest gingerbread heart with the inscription "Munich loves Bad Boys" at the German premiere of "Bad Boys II" in Munich. (Photo by Sean Gallup/2003 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith boxes with Spongebob Squarepants during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Mel Bouzad/2003 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith attends a press conference to promote the film "I, Robot" in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida / 2004 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith jokes during a photocall for the film "Hitch" at the 55th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by MARCUS BRANDT/2005 AFP)
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    Actor Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith arrive with their family at the 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/2005 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith introduces Alicia Keys on the field before the start of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Jacksonville, FL. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and children (L-R) Trey, Jaden, and Willow arrive at the premiere of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" in Los Angeles, CA. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith performs at the 46664 Concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life at Hyde Park in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/2008 Getty Images)
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    Will smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith arrive to the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/2008 Getty Images)
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    Will Smith arrives on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/2008 AFP)
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    Will Smith attends a photocall for "Seven Pounds" at Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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    Actor-rapper Will Smith performs at 102.7 KIIS-FM's 8th Annual Wango Tango at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Rapper/actor Will Smith poses with his award for Pop/Rock Favorite Male Artist in the press room at the 2005 American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/2005 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith presents the Vanguard Award during the 2006 Producers Guild Awards held at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/2006 Getty Images)
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    Will Smith shows off his DJ-ing skills at a charity lunch in aid of the Prince's Trust prior to the UK premiere of "The Pursuit of Happyness" in London. (Claire Greenway/2007 Getty Images)
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    Will smith poses with his son Jaden as they arrive for the German premiere of their film "The Pursuit of Happyness" in Berlin. (MARCUS BRANDT/2007 AFP)
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    Will Smith arrives at the premiere of "The Kingdom" at the Mann's Village Theater in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/2007 Getty Images)
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    The imprints of actor Will Smith after he was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Kevin Winter/2007 Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith imprinting his hands during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Actor Will Smith imprinting his feet during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith performs at KIIS-FM's All-American Wango Tango at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith performs at KIIS-FM's All-American Wango Tango at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith accepts the Outstanding Actor award for "Seven Pounds" during the 40th NAACOP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/2009 Getty Images)
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    Will Smith accepts the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith and son Jaden perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Sandy Young/2009 Getty Images)
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    Will Smith arrives at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California. (Michael Buckner/2009 Getty Images)
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    A Will Smith wax figure is seen at Madame Tussaud's in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/2009 AFP)
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    Will Smith attends the "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" premier at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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    Will Smith attends the "Men in Black 3" premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin / 2012 Getty Images)
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    Host Will Smith jokes around with Cee Lo Green onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at galen center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / 2012 Getty Images)
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    Host Will Smith gets "slimed" at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / 2012 Getty Images)
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    (L-R) Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith attend the "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" premiere in Toronto, Canada. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / 2012 Getty Images)