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Generally, Will's life has been blessed, but there were time when things went wrong like:

  • Being sued for libel by Jay Leno for an article he wrote to impress Lisa (who earlier had humiliated Will when she knocked out a guy with her self defense moves)
  • Lying about seeing a mob killing and then being placed in the Witness Program in Alabama
  • Visiting the hospital after Carlton pops the wrong pills from Will's locker (mistaking amphetamines for vitamins)
  • Going on the Oprah Show and not being invited on stage with the rest of the family
  • Going to the hospital for a tonsillectomy
  • Getting hustled by sleazy pool sharks until Uncle Phil comes to the rescue
  • Arrested and falsely accused of committing a string of auto thefts
  • And last, but not least, the humiliating time Will had to dress up as a daisy and perform with a bunch of children in a Bel Air Academy play before he's allowed to graduate.

Preppie Will

Wild & Crazy Will

Daisy Will

Preppy Will Wild & Crazy Will Daisy Will

Will's other friends and family members included:

  • His pal, Jazz who had a crush on the Hilary Banks and who was continually being thrown out the front door of the Banks' mansion by Philip Banks
  • Jewel, Jazz's newlywed wife
  • Viola “Vy” Smith, Vivian’s sister and Will’s mother who sent Will to the Banks to get him out of a rough neighborhood and bad company
  • Lou Smith, Will's irresponsible long-lost father who breezes into town and tries to woe Will with his charm but, in the end, deserts Will once again
  • Philip’s parents, Joe Banks and Hattie Banks who still lived on their farm in Yamacraw, North Carolina.

In 1996, the Banks family family began to go their separate ways. Carton planned to go to Princeton, Hilary and her sister, Ashley moved to New York, little Nikky started Kindergarten; and Geoffrey moved back to London to be with his son, Frederick.

With all this change, Phillip (who just turned 50) decided to sell their house. He sold the house to George and Louise "Weezie" Jefferson and planned to move back East.

Before Will & Carlton moved out of their pool house apartment, they joined in a moment of kareoke ecstasy, as each of them took turns mouthing the words to the Tom Jones song "It's Not Unusual." Then, Uncle Phil helped Will find an apartment so he could finish his last year of college. Uncle Phil's last words to Will were "You are my son!...You better be sure your butt is by a phone on Sunday."

As the Banks family temporarily moved to the Plaza Hotel, Will remained behind to close up the house. The last thing Will heard was Carlton screaming "Hey, who turned out the lights?! Where is everybody?!" Carlton had gone to the bathroom while the rest of the family vacated the premises. Seeing Carlton frantically adjust his pants as he rushed out the front door, Will quietly said "I am definitely gonna miss you C."

Some Fresh Prince - isms

Jazz: Making a baby truly is a blessed event.
Will: Don't you mean "Having a baby"?
Jazz: Trust me on this.


Carlton, I misjudged you. You're a lot cooler than I thought. Hey, you wanna go to the club with us tonight?
Carlton: I don't have a date.
Will: Carlton, never bring a sandwich to a buffet.


[to Phillip] Hey, hey, hey man. Man, have I told you how thin you're lookin' lately?

Uncle Phil: No sex before marriage, Will.
Will: Come on, Uncle Phil. This is the 90's.
Uncle Phil: Try a cold shower.
Will: I've been doing that since the 80's. It don't work no more.

Uncle Phil: Will, going to college isn't just about finding a job. It's about finding yourself, and finding what you do best that makes a contribution to the community. It shouldn't be just about money.
Will: You really believe that, Uncle Phil?
Uncle Phil: Yes, son, I really do.
Will: Then how do you explain becoming a lawyer?

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme Song
Lyrics and music by Will Smith)

Now this is the story all about how my life
got twisted upside down and I'd like
to take a minute just sittin' right there
I'll tell you how I became
the prince of a town called Bel-Air

In West Philadelphia I'm born and raised
on a playground is where I've spent the most of my days chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
and all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
when a couple o' guys, they were up to no good
started making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
and said "you're moving with your auntie
and uncle in Bel-Air"

I begged and pleaded with her day after day
but she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way
she gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket
I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it

First class, yo this is bad,
drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass
if this is what the people of Bel-Air livin' like,
hmm this might be alright!

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
the license plate said "FRESH" and had a dice on the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
but I thought 'Nah, forget it - Yo, home to Bel-Air!'

I pulled up to the house about seven or eight
and I yelled to the cabby 'Yo home, smell you later'
looked at my kingdom I was finally there
to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air

(Verses three and four were dropped in later episodes)

TRIVIA NOTE: Born September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Willard "Will" Smith attended Overbrook High School and liked to write and sing rap songs.

In 1982, Will met Jeffrey A. Townes, a.k.a. Jazzy Jeff at a party and a few year later they formed the music duo of "D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince."

In 1988, they won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and a Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1991.In 1992, they were honored by the NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Rap Artists.

Smith's albums included Rock the House 1987; He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper 1988; And in This Corner 1989; Homebase 1991; Code Red 1993; Men In Black Soundtrack 1997; Big Willie Style 1997; Willennium 1999; and Born to Reign 2002.

Will Smith also went became a successful movie actor in such feature films as Six Degrees of Separation (1993); Bad Boys (1995); Independence Day (1996); Men in Black (1997); Enemy of the State (1998); Wild Wild West (1999); Legend of Bagger Vance (2000); Ali (2001); Men in Black II (2002); Bad Boys II (2003); I, Robot (2004); and I Am Legend (2007).

In 1998, Will Smith was chosen by People Magazine as one of the "50 most beautiful people in the world."


Will Smith (Fresh Prince) as Will Smith
James Avery as Philip Banks
Janet Hubert-Whitten  as Vivian [née Smith] Banks #1
Daphne Maxwell Reid as Vivian [née Smith] Banks #2
Alfonso Ribeiro  as Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons  as Hilary Banks
Tatyana M. Ali as Ashley Banks
Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey ("G") the Butler
Ross Bagley as Nicholas 'Nicky' Andrew Banks
Lewis Gilbert as Joe Banks, Phillips Dad
Virginia Capers as Hattie Banks, Philip's Mom
Bill Cort as Headmaster Wallace Thorvald
Lisa Fuller as Toni
John Petlock as Henry Furth
Helen Page Camp as Margaret Furth, his wife
Michael Landes as Chadney Hunt
Jonathan Emerson as Edward "Ned" Fellows III
John Amos as Fred Wilkes
Tyra Banks as Jackie Ames. Will's girlfriend
Keith Bogart as Jonathan Cartwell
Dave Florek as Coach Smiley
Jenifer Lewis as Aunt Helen, Vivian's Sister
Nia Long as Lisa Wilkes, Will's girlfriend
Brian Mitchell as Trevor Newsworthy, Hilary's beau
Jeffrey A. Townes
(a.k.a. DJ Jazzy Jeff)
as Jazz, Will's best friend
Vernee Watson-Johnson  as Viola "Vy" Smith, Will's Mom
Michael Weiner   Kellogg 'Cornflake' Lieberbaum

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