Fresh Prince of Belair: Where Are They Now?
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. Everyone knows that theme song right? You can be in the other room and hear it and know it's Fresh Prince coming on TV. Everyone loves Fresh Prince, everyone loves Will Smith...here are some before and after pics of these well known actors and actresses...
Let's see if I can remember everyone from the show without cheating...Okay, top left to bottom right. Vivian, Will, Jeffrey (the Butler), Carlton, oh oh I know this one...Hillary, that's it, Phillip Banks and then Ashley! I can't believe I remember!! I love this show, even sometimes when I see it on, I turn it on and watch it for a bit!
Hillary Banks also known as Karyn Parsons is known for her role on Fresh Prince of Belair. She now has 2 beautiful children, one girl, one boy. She was quite the actress on the show and had many other roles like in 1995 Major Payne playing Emily Walburn.
Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California who is part African American and part Welsh. Other than being on Fresh Prince and being known for that, she also has starred in several other films such as Late Nights (1992), Major Payne (1995), and The Ladies Man (2000).
Vivan Banks also known as Janet Hubert was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was fired from Fresh Prince when she violated her contract when becoming pregnant. She now suffers from osteoporosis and is the ambassador of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Jazz who's real name is Jeffrey Allen Townes was hilarious on Fresh Prince. His obsession with Hillary, the way he was so annoying. If you google him, he actually is quite successful and has an outstanding resume. Acting, music and being so hilarious hasn't been tough for this guy.
One of the first records Jazzy Jeff ever appeared on was with The Korner Boyz, "Bust The Move and The Soga of Roxanne." DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince had quite a few gold and platinum-selling albums winning 1st Rap Grammy ever awarded, "Parents Just Don't Understand" and then a 2nd Grammy for "Summertime."
Jeffrey also known as Joseph Marcell was the English Butler on the show. Born in Saint Lucia, he moved to England at the age of nine, he currently lives in London. Joseph has been in many different films, the newest being Death In Paradise. I loved his character on Fresh Prince though.
Jeffrey the Butler
Joseph born in 1948 has been around for quite some time and has the resume to show for it. He's been all over many different films but I still think the best I've seen was the original, Fresh Prince. His character was so good, the way he had to put up with everyone's BS was hilarious.
James Avery who played Philip Banks had a lot to put up with being the father on this show. Later, he was awarded #34 in TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time." Before Fresh Prince, did you know that he played the voice as Shredder in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yep, that's him. Ever thought it sounded like a familiar voice but never cared enough to look it up, well, here's your answer!
Also, did you know he was the voice on War Machine in the animated series Iron Man? I told you, he's got a good resume and just because you didn't see him, doesn't mean he wasn't making that dough! He's a smart man and has been around!
Tatyana Ali who played Ashley Banks on Fresh Prince was no first timer on this show. She had started on Sesame Street before she starred in Fresh Prince. She went to Harvard University, where she received a bachelor's degree in African-American studies and government in 2002. And then in 2008 she traveled the US for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
Tatyana Ali is a smart girl, her acting career started at the age of 6 and hasn't stopped since. She was a beautiful girl back then and she is now as well. It's great to see all of these kids grow up from young little kids who are just starting their career to being a beautiful woman. Just getting married in 2016 and now expecting her first child!
Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince. Not only is he known for his role on this show but also his cool dance :) Born in the Bronx, he didn't really come from much but boy did he make something of himself. Fresh wasn't where it started, he started at just 8 years old.
Alfonso has been on many different shows including Catch 21 on GSN, Meet the Browns, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and has also been on dancing with the stars. Now, married with 2 children, you never really imagined him growing up so quick, did you? Goofy dude, I'm happy for him!
The Whole Gang!!
I loved this show, I still do. It's nice when I see it on TV, even if I've seen the episode, which most of the time I have, I can sit and watch it again. It's nice to bring back those childhood memories. It was a great show! It lasted 6 years and it gave everyone a bump in their careers!
Vivian had such a hard role on Fresh Prince. Putting up with all those bratty kids and her husband and the butler. Bless her soul!! Good thing it wasn't real life, huh? Putting up with Will alone would make you gray!
Nicky who came later on in the show, was born to Philip and Vivian on February 22, 1993. Is he not the cutest little dude though seriously? Look at that face, I can't believe he's so young being an actor. I love him though, he was a good actor on this show.
Look at him, all grown up, all good looking and stuff...doesn't he look the same? Just grown up, right? He's such a cute guy, I know all the ladies are all over him! Did you know his name on the show was actually Nicholas Andrew Michael Shawn Nathan Wanya "Nicky" Banks? His last four middle names are the names of the Boyz II Men members. Fun fact for the day :)
Will Smith who played Will Smith in the Fresh Prince is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. EVERYONE loves Will Smith. Will has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. No doubt about it that he is the best resume on anyone from this show.
Will Smith the MAN!
Everything about Will Smith is amazing, he is one of the best actors out there. Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes, of the 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each. He's been in so many movies, I can't even begin to list them, just a couple is from Ali, I am Legend, iRobot, Independence Day, Men in Black, etc. No one can say he isn't an amazing actor because his movies and those numbers don't lie!