Alfonso Ribeiro (now 38) is best known for playing preppy rich kid Carlton Banks on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, especially with audiences outside of the US. The show, fronted by rapper/actor Will Smith, ended back in 1996. Since then Alfonso has appeared in another TV sit-com fronted by a rapper, this time LL Cool J in In The House. Here he played a character very similar to Carlton (Maxwell Stanton) from 1995-1999.
Having directed episodes of the Fresh Prince, he was then tapped up by Will to direct episodes of the Will and Jada created sit-com All Of Us, until the show was cancelled in 2007. He has also been seen on hosting duties on the game show Catch 21, has directed the Tyler Perry sitcom Meet the Browns, and voiced characters for animated series Spiderman and the Extreme Ghostbusters.
Before causing audiences to cry laughing at Carlton Banks’ many antics, in particular ‘that dance’, Alfonso had already enjoyed a successful career as a child actor and dancer. By the time he was ten he had released three singles (including the errr… terrific Dance Baby, second below. LOL!) and gotten rave reviews for his stint in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid (1983) see him do his thing at the 153 mark in the first, below video) .
Following on from that the native New Yorker had an even bigger break when he appeared alongside Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial, imitating the king of pop’s signature moves. This highlighted his talents as a dancer even more, which allowed him to cash in with Alfonso Ribeiro dance videos and numerous slots on talk shows where he performed intricate moves.
Shortly after appearing in the ad he was cast on 80’s TV sit-com The Silverspoons (from 1984-1987), alongside another popular child actor Ricky Schroder (1979’s The Champ) who as an adult went on to star in TV cop drama NYPD Blue.
Check out Alfonso in the Pepsi advert and flogging one of his dance videos back in the day, below!