Jada Pinkett Smith

Actor, Screenwriter, Music video director
Despite her diminutive stature, Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed a certain level of notoriety in roles that exploited her strong will and determination, but when she became one-half of Hollywood's more popular power couples ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

A Different World 1991 - 1993, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990 - 1993, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1990 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gotham 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

Rome (Actor)

Movie House 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

HawthoRNe 2008 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dog Whisperer 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Gloria (Actor)

Oprah's Big Give 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Human Contract 2008 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Alex Fisher (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

Janeane Johnson (Actor)

VH1 Rock Honors 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

BET AWARDS 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Gloria (Voice)

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tupac: Resurrection MTV Movie Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Game: Enter the Matrix 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

Niobe (Actor)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

Niobe (Actor)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Sonji Roi (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2001 (Movie)

Charisse Slocumb (Actor)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Sloan Hopkins (Actor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of Toki (Voice)

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Paradise 1998 (Movie)

M J Major (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/23/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Women of the Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Woo 1998 (Movie)

Off the Wall Babe (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

Maureen Evans (Actor)

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

Stony (Actor)

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

Carla Purty (Actor)

BET's Voices Against Violence Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

Jeryline (Actor)

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 (Movie)

Peaches (Actor)

Jason's Lyric 1994 (Movie)

Lyric Greer (Actor)

The Inkwell 1994 (Movie)

Lauren Kelly (Actor)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Moe's World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (7)

The Queen Latifah Show 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Annie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

All of Us 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Seat Filler 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

The Human Contract 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Human Contract 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Despite her diminutive stature, Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed a certain level of notoriety in roles that exploited her strong will and determination, but when she became one-half of Hollywood's more popular power couples alongside husband Will Smith, her fame jumped to a new level. After appearing as a regular on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) spin-off "Another World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Pinkett Smith delivered a number of impressive performances in films like "Menace II Society" (1993) and "Jason's Lyric" (1994). Before long, she was balancing mainstream family fare like Eddie Murphy's broad comedy "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with such gritty dramas as "Set it Off" (1996). After marrying Smith in 1997, she appeared with her husband for the first time in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali" (2001). Collaborating off-screen, they went on to co-create and produce the unconventional family sitcom, "All of Us" (UPN/The CW, 2003-07), even as Pinkett Smith was seen in the back-to-back big screen blockbusters "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). She branched out into animation, lending her voice to the lucrative "Madagascar" (2005) franchise and did double duty as the star and co-producer of the medical drama, "Hawthorne" (TNT, 2009-2011). She and Smith extended the scope of the family business when they produced the hit remake of the classic "The Karate Kid" (2010), featuring son Jaden in the title role. As an actress, producer, director and writer Pinkett Smith appeared to have found that elusive intersection where work and family intersect with admirable success.

Relationships

Willow Camille Reign Smith

Daughter
Born October 31, 2000 father, Will Smith made film debut in "I Am Legend" (2007) alongside her father

Jaden Christopher Syre Smith

Son
Born July 8, 1998 father, Will Smith made film debut in "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006) as the son of his father's character

Adrienne Banfield

Mother
Became pregnant with Jada while still in high school divorced Pinkett's father after only a few months of marriage has since re-married twice worked as a head nurse of an inner-city clinic in Baltimore

Marion Banfield

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother

Robsol Pinkett

Father
Divorced Pinkett's mother after only a few months of marriage

Caleeb Pinkett Actor

Brother
Born in 1980

Will Smith Actor

Husband
Met when Pinkett auditioned for the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC) Began dating in 1995 Married on Dec. 31, 1997 in Baltimore, MD

Jaden Smith Actor

Child

Willard Smith

Step-Son
Born Nobermber 11, 1992 Smith's son from his former marriage to Sheree Zampino

EDUCATION

Baltimore School For the Arts

Baltimore , Maryland
Concentrated on dance and choreography; classmates with rapper/actor Tupac Shakur

North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem , North Carolina
Made professional stage debut in a regional theater production while attending; left after one year to pursue acting

Milestones

2012

Reprised voice role of Gloria the Hippo in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2010

With husband Will, co-roduced feature remake of "The Karate Kid," starring their real-life son Jaden Smith

2009

Cast as head nurse Christina Hawthorne on the TNT medical drama "HawthoRNe"; also served as executive producer

2008

Once again lent her voice to Gloria the Hippo in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

2008

Premiered her writing and directorial debut "The Human Contract" at the Cannes Film Festival

2008

Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce

2007

Played Don Cheadle's wife in Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me"

2006

With her band Wicked Wisdom, released their self-titled debut album

2005

Voiced Gloria the Hippo in the animated feature "Madagascar"

2004

Appeared in the film "Collateral" alongside Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx

2004

Opened for Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour with her rock-soul band Wicked Wisdom

2003

Co-starred as Niobe in the Wachowski Brothers' "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions"

2001

Played Anthony Anderson's loudmouth wife in the comedy "Kingdom Come"

2001

Teamed onscreen with husband Will Smith in the Academy Award-nominated film "Ali"

2000

Appeared in the Spike Lee-directed satire "Bamboozled"

1998

Played the title role in the romantic comedy "Woo"

1997

Landed minor part in the opening scene of "Scream 2"

1996

Cast as Eddie Murphy's leading lady in the remake of "The Nutty Professor"

1996

Gained widespread recognition playing a female bank robber in "Set It Off"

1994

Co-starred with Keenen Ivory Wayans (also wrote and directed) in "A Low Down Dirty Shame"

1994

First feature lead, "Jason's Lyric"

1993

Made feature debut in crime drama "Menace II Society"

1991

Joined the cast of the NBC spin-off series "A Different World" as college freshman Lena James

1990

Made first TV appearance on the Fox sitcom "True Colors"

1990

Acted in the unsold ABC-TV pilot "Moe's World"

1990

Met Keenen Ivory Wayans through a friend and acquired an agent with Wayans' assistance

Made professional stage debut in a regional production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Moved to L.A. after attending the North Carolina School of the Arts for one year

Bonus Trivia

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Pinkett Smith developed 'Maja,' a line of women's T-shirts and dresses that were mostly sold through small catalogs.

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"Growing up in the neighborhoods that I grew up in and having a mother who was addicted to heroin, I had to learn to be a spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical fighter at a young age. And it just prepared me for the struggle. Nobody was going to stop me. So by the time I got to L.A., I was fearless. And I just kept that mentality, like I'm going to get mine no matter what." – Pinkett Smith quoted in Interview Magazine, August 2004

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Pinkett Smith was the vocalist for the metal band Wicked Wisdom.

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In December 2006, she donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts in memory of her friend and late rapper Tupac Shakur.

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Pinkett was a major investor in the black female-owned cosmetics business Carol's Daughter.

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