Alfonso Ribeiro

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Alfonso Ribeiro
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Ribeiro in May 2011
Born Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 43)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer, television personality, television director, game show host
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Robin Stapler (m. 2002–06)
Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
Children 2

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 seventh place, leaving on day 19.

Early life[edit]

Ribeiro was born in New York City 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 is that of spoiled, rich Carlton Banks 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]

After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[edit]

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]

As of September 15, 2014, Ribeiro is competing on Dancing with the Stars – season 19. He is paired with professional dancer Witney Carson. His jive in week one scored a 36 out of 40; Ribeiro became just the fourth dancer (after Kristi Yamaguchi, Amber Riley, and Charlie White) to receive a 9 from every judge in week one. In week four, he scored 40 out of 40 for his dance that incorporated The Carlton dance-routine. Ribeiro is notable as the first contestant to come into the competition already known for a specific dance routine; the series teased in its early weeks whether he would indeed do the Carlton. In this case, both Ribeiro and his partner performed it.[citation needed]

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
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Oye Willie TV series
1984–87 Silver Spoons Alfonso Spears Regular in seasons 3–5
1986 John Grin's Christmas Rocky TV movie
1986 Magnum, P.I. Kenny Episodes: "L.A." (2 hours), "Missing Melody"
1987 Mighty Pawns Frank TV movie
1989 Out on the Edge Jesse TV movie
1990 A Different World Zach Duncan Episode: "Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet"
1990–96 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Banks
1993 Ticks Darrel "Panic" Lumley
1994–98 Spider-Man (1994 TV series) Randy Robertson and Teenage Robbie Robertson Voice
1996–99 In the House Dr. Maxwell Stanton
1996 Kidz in the Wood TV movie
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Roland Jackson Voice
2000 Your Big Break Host Game show
2005 Love Wrecked Bert Hernandez
2006 Celebrity Duets Himself/contestant Winner
2006–07 All of Us
Directed 26 episodes
2008–09 GSN Live Host
2008–11 Catch 21 Host Game show
2009–10 Meet the Browns
Directed 8 episodes
2011 Things We Do for Love Darren 4 episodes; also director (4 episodes)
2011–12 Are We There Yet?
Directed 19 episodes
2012 Big Time Rush Himself Episode: "Bel Air Rush"
2013 Shake It Up Mr. Zigfeld Episode: "My Fair Librarian it Up"; also director (4 episodes)
2013 Spell-Mageddon Host 8 episodes
2013 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Himself/contestant UK reality-competition show
2014 Dancing with the Stars Himself/contestant US reality-competition show

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "3-6-9" 9 9 9 9 Safe
2 Samba / "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Hey Goldmember" 8 81 8 8 Safe
4 Jazz / "It's Not Unusual" 10 102 10 10 Safe


1 Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.

2The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.

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. ^ "Broadway star not dead". Lakeland Ledger. June 5, 1984. 
  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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