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William "Will" Smith (played by Will Smith) was born on July 3, 1973 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When Will was five, he was abandoned by his father, and was raised in poverty by his mother Viola. When he was 17, he engaged in a physical confrontation at a basketball court with a local bully named Omar. Because of this and other dangers of living in a ghetto, Will's mother placed her son in the care of his aunt Vivian and uncle Philip Banks in an affluent suburb in Bel Air, California.
Following Will's arrival in Bel Air, he was a great distance from home and was considered an outsider by many people in his Bel-Air neighborhood. He often disagrees with his cousin Carlton, whom he sees as not quite "black" because he doesn't talk in the fashion like other blacks from his perspective. Despite their differences, Will grows extremely close to the Banks family.
Will was often depicted as being immature, egostitical, and hedonistic. He was a frequent womanizer who shows more interest in his own personal pleasures than his academic studies, although at times he has shown surprising moments of intelligence and academic success; in fact, he got the highest score on his S.A.T. scores and was offered a scholarship to Princeton but turned it down. Will is, however, good-hearted and never means any malice. He had more negative actions because of his immaturity and lack of foresight, rather than unkindness. In the show, Smith goes from 17 to 18 to 19 during the whole TV series. Although he often teases the Banks, especially Carlton, he cares for them deeply and always tries to make up for what he does wrong. He is closest to Ashley, who admires Will and is more understanding of the different lifestyle there are.
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