The Profile: Will Smith

The movie megastar’s latest role, a character-driven portrayal of tennis dad Richard Williams, is another signal that he is calling time on his reign as the king of the summer box-office blockbuster

In brief:

Name: Will Smith

Age: 53

Appearance: tall and handsome with an ever-present toothy grin

Newsworthiness: his latest role as Richard Williams, the tennis coach father of Venus and Serena, has led to a growing Oscar buzz just as his tell-all memoir hits bookshops

In depth:

From the start of his three-decade career as a movie star, Will Smith’s trademark has been his preternatural self-confidence.

There’s nothing – an alien invasion, a mob of ...