Alfonso Ribeiro: Flashback Photos

Alfonso Ribeiro: Flashback Photos
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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A young Ribeiro, with child star Keshia Knight Pulliam, at an event in 1985. Ribeiro was a child actor himself, appearing with Michael Jackson in a popular Pepsi commercial in 1983.

“It was like a dream come true for a young performer. I met Michael in rehearsal. It was really cool to work with him. My dad and I hung out with him many times after that, but that was the first time I met him,” Ribeiro remembers.

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Alfonso Ribeiro is most famous for his role as Carlton Banks, Will Smith’s uppity cousin, on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

“There’s no question that I’ve been [typecast], but that meant I did something well enough for people to want to see more of it,” Ribeiro says of his beloved character.

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Enjoying the success of their hit NBC sitcoms, Ribeiro and “A Different World” star Kadeem Hardison chill on set in 1990.

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From 1990 to 1996, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” delivered big laughs to millions each week.

“We had an opportunity to make six seasons of great shows that I think were wonderful,” Ribeiro says.

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During a memorable scene from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Carlton (Ribeiro) meets his idol, singer Tom Jones.

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Ribeiro attends an event with his parents in 1996.

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After “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” ended, Ribeiro joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “In the House,” with LL Cool J, from left, Kim Wayans and Maia Campbell.

“I did `In the House,’ which was very similar to Carlton, and then I felt like I had exhausted that role. So there was no reason for me to continue to put new names on the same character,” Ribeiro says.

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Smith and Ribeiro attend the Producers Guild Awards in 2006. Ribeiro says the two remain close friends.

“We still hang out, go on vacation, and have a great time together. The one thing that is clear is that he’s probably the hardest working person I’ve ever met,” Ribeiro says of Smith.

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Catch Ribeiro on “Catch 21,” beginning July 21 on GSN.

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“The show is a lot of fun, combining the popularity of game shows with pop trivia. I think right now I’ve become a personality and not just an actor,” Ribeiro says of his new hosting gig.

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