Will Smith Is The Most Famous, Famous Guy of 2008

Our favorite famous guys made some big headlines in 2008.

It's what they do.

Brad Pitt became a dad (again). Hugh Jackman was named the sexiest man alive. Jay-Z finally marry Beyonce. Tom Cruise apologized to Matt Lauer.

But of all these worthy celebrities, Foxnews.com could crown only one The Most Famous, Famous Guy of 2008.

Congratulations, Will Smith. You won.

Smith's star power, famous family members, and 20-year career that just keeps getting hotter, all combined to put the actor in that celebrity sweet spot that all stars crave, but few ever attain.

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Most importantly, Smith, 40, starred in two massive hits this year. “Hancock” grossed $227 million and “I Am Legend” took in $256 million in the U.S. alone.

And while his Christmas release "Seven Pounds" hasn't fared as well ($40 million and counting), Smith told FOX News he went places he hadn't gone before in the tear-jerker.

"I have this joke switch that, as soon as something starts to be painful, my avoidance mechanism is to be able to make jokes and have fun," Smith said at the premiere. "And for ["Seven Pounds"] I was forced to really confront some of the things in my life that I had never really dealt with."

Click for photos from the premiere of Will's latest film, "Seven Pounds."

But Will’s fame does not end with himself. His Star Power is so powerful it rubs off on all of his family members.

Wife Jada Pinkett Smith stars in the “Matrix” trilogy and sings in a band that, without her assoication with Will, would have a hard time getting booked at a Holiday Inn (sorry Jada!).

And now their son Jaden is also a star in his own right, appearing in “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and, with his dad, in “The Pursuit of Happyness." Jaden has also reportedly been tapped to star in a re-make of the "Karate Kid."

And its not all about "me me me" with The Most Famous, Famous Guy of 2008. Smith and his wife donated $1.3 million to various civic, religious and arts groups last year alone.

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Smith began his career in the music industry as a rapper in the late 80s. He later transitioned into television with one of the funniest NBC shows of all time, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

But it was Smith’s transition to action films that really earned him his star power. After starring in 1995’s “Bad Boys” with Martin Lawrence, Smith appeared in box office smashes “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.”

Congratulations Will. And best of luck for a repeat in 2009!