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Born: September 21, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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A highly charismatic dancer-actor, Alfonso Ribeiro launched his entertainment career with the starring role in the 1983 Broadway musical "The Tap Dance Kid," a breakdancing appearance in a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial and a plum role as Ricky Schroder's sidekick on "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-86; syndicated, 1986-87). Ribeiro's star-making turn, however, came as the delightfully dorky Carlton Banks, cousin to Will Smith's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Winning a Best Supporting Actor Image Award and sitcom immortality, Ribeiro charmed with his comedic chops, epitomized by his infamous "Carlton Dance." Although he scored another long-running gig as LL Cool J's sidekick on "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-99), Ribeiro increasingly focused on directing and on-air presenting, lensing multiple episodes of several series, including "All of Us" (UPN, 2003-06; The CW, 2006-07), "Meet the Browns" (TBS, 2009-2011) and "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010- ) as well as hosting "GSN Live" (GSN, 2008-2011) and "Catch 21" (GSN, 2008- ). Although his "Fresh Prince" success both helped and hindered his career, Alfonso Ribeiro remained an enormously likable and talented performer with the talent to...

A highly charismatic dancer-actor, Alfonso Ribeiro launched his entertainment career with the starring role in the 1983 Broadway musical "The Tap Dance Kid," a breakdancing appearance in a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial and a plum role as Ricky Schroder's sidekick on "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-86; syndicated, 1986-87). Ribeiro's star-making turn, however, came as the delightfully dorky Carlton Banks, cousin to Will Smith's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Winning a Best Supporting Actor Image Award and sitcom immortality, Ribeiro charmed with his comedic chops, epitomized by his infamous "Carlton Dance." Although he scored another long-running gig as LL Cool J's sidekick on "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-99), Ribeiro increasingly focused on directing and on-air presenting, lensing multiple episodes of several series, including "All of Us" (UPN, 2003-06; The CW, 2006-07), "Meet the Browns" (TBS, 2009-2011) and "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010- ) as well as hosting "GSN Live" (GSN, 2008-2011) and "Catch 21" (GSN, 2008- ). Although his "Fresh Prince" success both helped and hindered his career, Alfonso Ribeiro remained an enormously likable and talented performer with the talent to transcend his sitcom typecasting.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lovewrecked (2005)
2.
 Kidz in the Wood (1994) Morgan
3.
 Ticks (1993)
4.
 Out on the Edge (1989) Jesse
5.
 I Love The '90s (2004) Interviewee
6.
8.
 SnowFest 2000 (2000)
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1980:
Began professional acting career at age 8 on PBS drama "Oye Willie"
1983:
Created lead role of Willie in hit Broadway musical "The Tap Dance Kid" opposite Hinton Battle
1984:
Danced with Michael Jackson in a widely seen Pepsi commercial
1984:
Joined cast of popular NBC sitcom "Silver Spoons," playing Alfonso Spears
1985:
First appearance in a TV special, "Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa"
1986:
Played recurring role of Kenny on two episodes of long-running CBS detective series "Magnum, P.I."
1990:
Co-starred with Will Smith as the spoiled preppie Carlton Banks on NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"; made directorial debut on an episode that aired 1995
1992:
Served as a presenter at "The 4th Annual Desi Awards," a syndicated awards telecast honoring the achievements of Hispanics in music, film, and TV
1994:
Feature acting debut, direct-to-video horror "Ticks"
1995:
Co-starred with LL Cool J on sitcom "In the House" (UPN)
2000:
Hosted syndicated weekly series "Your Big Break"
2002:
Played title role in Encores! staging of "Golden Boy"
2006:
Won Fox reality competition series "Celebrity Duets"
2008:
Hosted "GSN Live" on Game Show Network
2008:
Hosted Game Show Network's blackjack series "Catch 21"
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Notes

Ribeiro's voice has been featured on several single recordings, including "Dance Baby", "Not Too Young (To Fall in Love)", "Time Bomb" and "Sneak Away with Me".

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