Then + Now: Alfonso Ribeiro from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
Everyone remembers Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ with his candy-colored preppy wardrobe and his dorky dance moves. But what’s he up to these days?
Alfonso Ribeiro first acted as Ricky Schroder’s best friend on ‘Silver Spoons.’ But you guys probably remember him best as Carlton Banks, cousin of Will Smith’s character on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ He was stuck-up and tightly wound with all his colorful pastel Polo shirts and sweaters — but he was also a huge Tom Jones fan, which gave us one of the most memorable dance moves in history: “The Carlton.”
When ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ ended in 1996, Ribeiro went on to star in ‘In the House’ before moving into directing with the series ‘All of Us.’ In 2006, he won the ‘Celebrity Duets’ reality competition series, and later competed on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (where, sadly, he did not do The Carlton).
More recently, he’s acted in shows like ‘Things We Do for Love’ and ‘Shake It Up,’ and he’s directed episodes of both. Ribeiro married writer Angela Unkrich last summer, and the pair are expecting their first child together this fall.