From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

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Will Smith

When he released the funky tongue-in-cheek album Parents Just Don’t Understand in 1988 with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith first made a name for himself. But it wasn’t until they released their monster smash and summer classic hit Summertime three years later that Smith earned respect as an artist. By that time, NBC had snagged the Philly native and created the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Proving himself a box office sure thing, Smith became known for starring in blockbuster hits.   However, his last big budget movie, After Earth, also starring his son Jaden in the lead, wasn’t received as well by his audiences or critics.

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