What The Cast Of Fresh Prince Looks Like Today


It’s been more than 20 years since we were
last chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool with Will and the Banks family on NBC’s smash
sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After the show ended, some of the cast traded
Bel-Air for real Hollywood careers, while others opted to leave the spotlight altogether. Here’s a peek at what those fresh faces look
like today. Will Smith Let’s start with the Fresh Prince himself. Will Smith rose to fame playing a fictionalized
version of himself on the beloved ’90s sitcom, developing into a strong comedic — and dramatic
— actor over the course of six seasons. “How come he don’t want me, man?” After the show wrapped in 1996, Smith’s career
immediately took off with a string of huge hits: Independence Day that same year, Men
in Black in 1997, and Enemy of the State in 1998. These days, the Oscar-nominated Smith is still
one of the most famous and recognizable actors in the world, appearing in summer blockbusters
and character-driven dramas in equal measure. Alfonso Ribeiro If just seeing Alfonso Ribeiro’s face doesn’t
make you remember the “Carlton Dance,” you were clearly doing the ’90s wrong. Ribeiro played Carlton Banks, the family tattletale
we all loved to hate. Although Ribeiro has had some screen time
here and there after Fresh Prince, including a starring role on In the House, alongside
LL Cool J, the actor feels his role as Carlton “pigeonholed” him and prevented his career
from taking off. Despite his lack of acting roles over the
years, Ribeiro has managed to stay in front of the camera, with numerous appearances on
game shows and reality shows, with his most recent appearance on season 19 of Dancing
with the Stars, which he won, doing the Carlton Dance … “It’s not unusual to be mad with anyone…” It’s not unusual to be sad with…” Karyn Parsons Karyn Parsons played the role of the ditzy
and spoiled Hilary Banks over the course of the show’s six-year run. The oldest Banks’ child experienced perhaps
the most drastic evolution of all the characters, going from a spoiled brat to a self-aware
young woman. Post-Fresh Prince, Parsons hasn’t spent much
time in front of the camera, aside from a handful of movies in the late ’90s and early
2000s, and a few short-lived television gigs. Nowadays, she runs Sweet Blackberry, a film
company that strives to educate children about the stories of influential African-Americans. Tatyana Ali When the show debuted in 1990, 11-year-old
Tatyana Ali made our hearts melt as Ashley, the Banks’ youngest daughter… “Hey there, Lord / My name is Ashley Banks
/ My family and friends want to give you some thanks / So before this dinner is all swallowed
and chewed / Thank you, God, for this stupid food.” Since the show’s series finale in 1996, Ali
has enjoyed an extensive acting career as well as success in her personal life. She pursued a music career immediately after
the show ended, and in 1998, she released her debut album, Kiss the Sky, which was certified
gold in 1999. In 2002, she graduated from Harvard University
and traveled the United States as a spokesperson during President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. These days, she still acts, with sporadic
roles in TV movies and guest spots on series over the last few years. Joseph Marcell English actor Joseph Marcell, played the Banks’
butler Geoffrey, for all six seasons. Behind his proper demeanor, Geoffrey always
had the perfect joke ready to deploy … “Ms. Lindsey, this is most inappropriate,
I couldn’t possibly — Oh, it’s Ben!” Post-Fresh Prince, Marcell had recurring gigs
on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2003 to 2004 and on EastEnders in 2006. Marcell currently lives in London, serves
on the board of the Globe Theater, and occasionally stars in Shakespearean productions. Janet Hubert Aunt Vivian #1, Janet Hubert, played the Banks’
family matriarch from the show’s premiere until the end of season 3. When the show returned for season 4, there
was a whole new Aunt Viv and a whole lot of controversy. Hubert was fired following disputes with producers
and the show’s star, Will Smith. While the rest of the cast was filming seasons
4 through 6, Hubert made some TV guest appearances, including an episode of Friends in 2002, and
still acts in independent films today. In a now-deleted March 2017 Facebook post,
Hubert had this to say about reuniting with the old cast: “There will never be a true
reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these
people on that kind of level.” Daphne Maxwell Reid The only person who truly benefited from all
that drama was Daphne Maxwell Reid, aka Aunt Vivian #2. She took over mom duties from the beginning
of season 4, just after the birth of Nicky Banks, through the rest of the series. “Y’know Mrs. Banks, since you had that baby,
there’s something different about you.” After the show ended, she worked on a few
shows and movies here and there including Crossing Jordan, Eve and Let’s Stay Together. These days, you can find Reid focusing on
her photography business, Fresh Prints. Get it? DJ Jazzy Jeff If you don’t recognize this face, it’s probably
because you’re more used to seeing this character’s flailing limbs as he was physically thrown
out of the Banks’ house time and time again. Jeff played Will’s partner in crime, Jazz,
but hip-hop fans know the two were friends in real life prior to the show, winning the
first-ever rap Grammy back in 1989 as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. When the show ended, DJ Jazzy Jeff returned
to what he knew best – music. Most recently, he worked with rapper Mac Miller
and did audio work on 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. James Avery The late James Avery played the patriarch
of the Banks’ family and the glue that held them together, Phillip Banks. Despite the constant antics of his nephew
and children, Banks never deviated from his role as a loving father and uncle. “People opened doors for me. And I’ve worked hard to open doors for you. It doesn’t make you any less of a man to walk
through them.” Uncle Phil is a hard act to follow, but Avery
still managed to have a widely successful career after the series wrapped. He particularly enjoyed success as a voice
actor, most notably in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the voice of Shredder. “Trilithium! That’s what we need!” “Are you out of your skull?” “Ha ha. Look who’s talking!” The classically-trained actor worked up until
his death in 2013 due to complications during open heart surgery. Ross Bagley And last but not least, the youngest member
of the Banks’ family, Nicky. Although the character of Nicky Banks was
introduced in season 3, Ross Bagley did not play the role until season 5 — when Nicky
had aged from a baby to a young child. After his two seasons on the show, Bagley
went on to act alongside his former co-star in Independence Day, then the former Little
Rascal took a long hiatus from Hollywood to focus on school. Most recently, he re-entered the acting world
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