BAD BOYS II
(Mike Lowrey) is an accomplished motion picture actor, television star, musician
and producer. He took on the challenge of his career in the title role of Ali,
a biopic exploring the life of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. For his
performance, Smith received Best Actor Award nominations from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the
NAACP, the American Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics'
Most recently Smith
starred in Men in Black II, which reunited him with Tommy Lee Jones and
director Barry Sonnenfeld. Via his company Overbrook Entertainment, Smith served
as executive producer for the Warner Bros.' action comedy Showtime
starring Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy. In addition, the company has sold a new
series, "All of Us," to UPN for debut in the fall.
As one of the industry's
most admired performers, Smith's varied film credits include The Legend of
Bagger Vance directed by Robert Redford, which earned Smith an NAACP Award
nomination for Best Actor. Earlier he starred in Wild, Wild West, for
which his theme song went gold and the soundtrack, produced by Overbrook, went
platinum. Smith thrilled audiences in the suspenseful Enemy of the State
produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starred in two of the ten all time
top-grossing films worldwide -- 1997's summer smash Men In Black (for
which he recorded the film's Grammy-winning title song) and the 1996
blockbuster Independence Day.
Smith also starred in
the original Don Simpson Jerry Bruckheimer production, Bad Boys for
Columbia Pictures. The studio's largest grossing movie of 1995, Bad Boys
transformed Smith from one of the funniest men in the entertainment industry
into one of the sexiest action heroes in movies.
Smith was recognized as
NATO/ShoWest's "Male Star of Tomorrow" in 1995 and then in 2002, the
organization honored him as "Male Star of the Year." In addition, he
won the International Box Office Achievement Award in 1997 and was named
"1999 Entertainer of the Year" at the NAACP Image Awards.
Other film work
includes a critically acclaimed performance in the OscarĀ®-nominated Six
Degrees of Separation (his film debut), Made in America and Where
the Day Takes You.
A musical sensation,
Smith made his first record as a high school senior and subsequently embarked on
a rap career with friend Jeff Townes. Known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh
Prince, they recorded several platinum and multi-platinum albums, winning two
Grammys and three American Music Awards. Smith's first solo album, "Big
Willie Style," sold 8 million copies. His album "Willennium" and
the featured single "Will2K" went double platinum, selling more than 2
million copies each.
Smith made his
transition into television as the star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel
Air," a sitcom created for him by Quincy Jones. The hit NBC series wrapped
its sixth and final season in 1996.
Smith is partnered with
his longtime friend James Lassiter in Overbrook Entertainment.
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