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Will Smith's road to superstardom

Fifteen years ago ”Independence Day” launched Smith into the stratosphere. We survey how the Fresh Prince became an industry king, with $5.7 billion in global box office

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Sept. 10, 1990
The ”Parents Just Don’t Understand” rapper scores a sitcom with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Dec. 8, 1993
Smith trades the flat-brims for rave reviews of his dramatic turn in Six Degrees of Separation.

July 3, 1996
Independence Day, appropriately enough, begins his reign as king of the Fourth of July.

Nov. 25, 1997
His debut solo album, Big Willie Style, hits stores, and it’s ”big” indeed — going platinum nine times.

Dec. 25, 2001
Biopic Ali lands an uppercut, earning Smith his first Oscar nod for his portrayal of the Greatest.

Dec. 14, 2007
I Am Legend revives the star’s massive box office clout with the largest December opening ever.

2010
The Smith dynasty dawns, thanks to Willow’s hit single, ”Whip My Hair,” and Jaden’s The Karate Kid.

May 25, 2012
Smith returns to the big screen after a four-year hiatus, suiting up again for Men in Black III.