Alfonso Ribeiro

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Alfonso Ribeiro
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Ribeiro in May 2011
BornAlfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 42)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, television personality, television director, game show host
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Robin Stapler (m. 2002; div. 2006)
Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
Children2
 
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Alfonso Ribeiro
Alfonso Ribeiro.JPG
Ribeiro in May 2011
BornAlfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 42)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, television personality, television director, game show host
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Robin Stapler (m. 2002; div. 2006)
Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
Children2

Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, television director, dancer and game show host. Ribeiro played Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and hosted the GSN show Catch 21 and the ABC Family show Spell-Mageddon. He also starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, and appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial also featuring Michael Jackson.[1]

He took part in the thirteenth series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, where he came in 7th place, leaving on day 19.

Early life[edit]

Ribeiro was born in New York in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Michael and Joy (De Leon) Ribeiro.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Ribeiro began his career at the age of eight. He first gained recognition in 1983, when he played a leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. He received positive reviews for his performance, and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.[2] He also appeared in one of Michael Jackson's Pepsi television commercials as a dancer in 1984. A rumor spread that Ribeiro had died from snapping his neck while dancing for the commercial.[4] The same year, Ribeiro was cast as Rick Schroder's best friend on the TV series Silver Spoons.[5] In 1985, Alfonso appeared as himself in a commercial on MTV advertising a dance instruction book he authored, called "Alfonso's Breakin' & Poppin' Book" (currently out of print). In 1986, he released a 12" rap record called Timebomb on Prism Records.

Ribeiro's most notable role was that of spoiled, rich Carlton Banks in on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. He played the cousin to Will Smith's lead character. The Carlton character was known for frequently dancing to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," a dance move that gained fame as "The Carlton Dance."[6] In 2008, Ribeiro began hosting the game show Catch 21 on GSN. He also directed some episodes of Meet the Browns and a majority of the season two episodes of Are We There Yet? television series. In 2013, Ribeiro began hosting his second game show Spell-Mageddon on ABC Family.

Ribeiro took part as a contestant in the thirteenth series of the British celebrity jungle-based reality show, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here on ITV, in November and December 2013.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Alfonso Ribeiro married writer Angela Unkrich on October 13, 2012[8] after becoming engaged in July 2012.[9] They currently reside in Los Angeles and have a son named Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. who was born on October 27, 2013. [10] Ribeiro was previously married to Robin Stapler in 2002. Stapler and Ribeiro divorced in 2006, filing papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court that cited irreconcilable differences. The couple share joint custody of their daughter, Sienna Ribeiro.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Oye WillieTV series
1984–87Silver SpoonsAlfonso SpearsRegular in seasons 3–5
1986John Grin's ChristmasRockyTV movie
1986Magnum, P.I.KennyEpisodes: "L.A." (2 hours), "Missing Melody"
1987Mighty PawnsFrankTV movie
1989Out on the EdgeJesseTV movie
1990A Different WorldZach DuncanEpisode: "Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet"
1990–96The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirCarlton Banks
1993InfestedDarrel "Panic" Lumley
1994–98Spider-Man (1994 TV series)Randy Robertson and Teenage Robbie RobertsonVoice
1996–99In the HouseDr. Maxwell Stanton
1996Kidz in the WoodTV movie1997
1997Extreme GhostbustersRoland JacksonVoice
2000Your Big BreakHostGame show
2005Love WreckedBert Hernandez
2006Celebrity DuetsHimself/contestantWinner
2006–07All of UsAs director
2007Dancing with the StarsHimselfTV
2008–09GSN LiveHost
2008–11Catch 21HostGame show
2011Things We Do for LoveDarren4 episodes; also director (4 episodes)
2012Big Time RushHimselfEpisode: "Bel Air Rush"
2013Shake It UpMr. ZigfeldEpisode: "My Fair Librarian it Up"; also director (4 episodes)
2013Spell-MageddonHostGame show (8 episodes)
2013I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!Himself/contestantUK reality-competition show

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keller, Richard (24 September 2006). "Alfonso Ribeiro—a member of the Pepsi Generation". AOL TV. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Marilyn; Parks, Rebecca (1998). "Alfonso Ribeiro". Encyclopedia.com. 
  3. ^ Ribeiro, Alfonso (7 August 2008). A Chat with Alfonso Ribeiro. Interview with Harris, Will. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Alfonso Ribeiro". TBS. 
  6. ^ Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna Rush (5 September 2008). "Greenlighting an airborne TV tie-in". Daily News. 
  7. ^ Eames, Tom. "I'm a Celebrity...". Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ O'Sullivan, Erin (14 October 2012). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro & Angela Unkrich Are Married". Yahoo 7 News. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Alfonso Ribeiro ties the knot". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2013-10-28). "Alfonso Ribeiro, Wife Angela Unkrich Welcome Son Alfonso Lincoln Jr.". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  11. ^ Acomyo, Mary Margaret (10 August 2006). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro Divorcing". People. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

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