The scion of an A-list Hollywood couple -- rapper-turned-actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith -- Jaden Christopher Syre Smith entered show business as a pint-sized child star, courtesy of his mom and dad. He began with a number of appearances on the Smith-produced sitcom All of Us (2003), then moved into film with lead billing in another effort produced by his dad, the inspirational drama The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). That feature -- a box-office and critical smash -- starred Will and Jaden as a down-on-their-luck father/son pair drawn ever closer as the father vows to work his way up the corporate ladder and dramatically improve their circumstances. Additional projects followed, including a role as one of the humans who teaches alien Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) about life on Earth in director Scott Derrickson's science-fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made TV debut in 2003 in the UPN comedy series All of Us. First film role was in the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness, opposite his father. The role earned him an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. Appeared in Alicia Keys' 2008 music video for "Superwoman." In 2009 became a Youth Ambassador for Project Zambi, a program that focuses on children whose loved ones died from AIDS. With Justin Bieber, recorded the theme song "Never Say Never" to the 2010 movie The Karate Kid. Was dubbed Breakthrough Male Star of the Year by ShoWest in 2010.