This Week in PEOPLE History

Five years ago, Carrie Underwood walked down the aisle; 25 years ago, Tom Cruise was named the Sexiest Man Alive and more from the PEOPLE archives

1996: THE FRESH PRINCE BECOMES KING OF THE BOX OFFICE

Though he won over audiences as the goofy, lovable Will on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith established himself as a bona-fide movie superstar with the one-two punch of Independence Day and Bad Boys. "All the things the Fresh Prince stood for, all the fun he had, still exist inside me," Smith told PEOPLE about his newfound success. "Those just aren't the dominant aspects of my personality anymore."
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