5 Things You Don't Know About Will Smith

May 31, 2013

He's a bankable box office star and father of three, but what else do you know about this star of the sci-fi action thriller After Earth? Here are five things you probably don't know about Will Smith.

1. Born Willard Christopher Smith Jr. on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia -- his mother worked for the school board and his dad was the owner of a refrigeration company.

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2. Began rapping at the age of 12.

3. Wasn't the first choice for Men in Black -- the role was first offered to Chris O'Donnell, but he turned it down.

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4. Paid out of his own pocket for each of his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-stars to upgrade their dressing rooms.

5. Made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in one day while jetting around the U.K. promoting his 2005 movie Hitch.

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