The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air premiered on Sept 10,1990. Let that sink in for a minute. The show ran for six seasons and it's last episode aired on May 20th, 1996. It's been 21 years since the show wrapped. Here is a look at what the cast looks like now.
The Fresh Prince made Will Smith a mega celebrity. A few years before the show, he owed the IRS so much money, he was nearly bankrupt. Then his whole life turned around when NBC signed him to write and star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and rest was history.
Alfonso was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. After the show wrapped, he started competing in celebrity car races. He won The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach celebrity race in 1994 and 1995 and raced part-time in in the Star Mazda Series in the mid to late '90s. He is currently a host on America's Funniest Home Videos.
After the show, Parsons had numerous roles in different films and television shows. She then enrolled in NYU's Film School and met he husband Alexandre Rockwell. The two of them have two children, a son Nico and daughter named Lana.
After The Fresh Prince, Tatyana Ali was on The Young and the Restless from 2007-2013. On August 25, 1999 she released her album, "Kiss the Sky," and her single, "Daydreamin.'"Her single was certified gold and rose into the Billboard 100 Hot Singles, where it reached #6 and stayed there for two weeks.
He was snarky, he was sassy, he was everyone's favorite butler. Joseph Marcell is a British citizen and he serves on the board of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. He is a classically trained actor and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and he attended the University of Sheffield in Yorkshire, England.
Janet Hubert was the first Aunt Viv and she was on the show for three seasons. In 1993, Will Smith revealed to an Atlanta Radio Station why she left the show.
"I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She's mad now but she's been mad all along. She said once, 'I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.' No matter what, to her I'm just the Antichrist."
Then our second Aunt Viv was played by Daphne Reid. She was a well-known cover model at the time signed with the Eileen Ford Agency. She also made history when she the first black woman to grace the cover of Glamour magazine. She and her husband now live in Virginia and they own their own production studio called Millennium Studios.
DJ Jazzy Jeff was one half of a hip-hop duo with Will Smith, and they won two Grammy awards together. They also wrote the theme song for the show. He has won DJ competitions including the New Music Seminar's 1986 DJ Battle For World Supremacy. He is in the DMC hall of fame for contributions to the world of hip-hop and DJing.
Ross Bagley was only four years old when he starred as Nicholas Banks in The Fresh Prince. As a small child, he went on to star in several TV shows and movies in the '90s. He also starred with Will Smith again in Independence Day.
Lisa Wilkes, played by Nia Long, was Will's love interested on the show and he almost married her. She has worked consistently since she left the show. She played Officer Sasha Monroe on NBC's Third Watch where she was awarded two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series. She was also on Boston Legal, Judging Amy, Big Shots and Empire.
Before America's Next Top Model, we met Jackie Ames played by Tyra Banks. She was one of Will's old friends and exes from his West Philadelphia days. Tyra then went on to become a household name and one of the most successful models and TV hosts in the world.
We know James Avery as Philip Banks but he is also a classically trained actor and scholar. He served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and when he left the military, he moved to San Diego, California and began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. He went to the University of California at San Diego and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and Literature and was well into his career when he booked The Fresh Prince. He passed away on December 31, 2013 from complications from a surgery.