Will Smith has moved in such a straight line to becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world, it makes you wonder if you should be investing in Scientology. Thanks to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith made an unusually smooth transition from rapper to actor very early in his career.

While his projects have only gotten larger over time, there is a consistent theme of sci-fi alien massacres and action-cop films throughout his lifetime of acting. His family has followed suit, with his son Jaden appearing in his most recent post-apocalyptic feature After Earth. It might be too soon to say whether or not Jaden or his daughter, Willow, will fill the large shoes that their dad leaves behind. Only time will tell. For now, let's consider the evolution of Will Smith.