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, game show host, television director
Years active 1980–present
  • Robin Stapler (m. 2002–06)
  • Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
Children 3

Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, television director, dancer, and game show host. Ribeiro played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He 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.

Ribeiro 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.

Ribeiro won season nineteen of Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Witney Carson.[1]

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, daughter of Trinidadian Calypsonian the Roaring Lion, Rafael de Leon.[2][3]


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]

Ribeiro appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial that featured Michael Jackson in 1984.[4] A rumor spread that Ribeiro had died from snapping his neck while dancing for the commercial.[5] The same year, Ribeiro was cast as Rick Schroder's best friend on the TV series Silver Spoons.[6] In 1985, Alfonso appeared as himself in a commercial on MTV advertising a dance instruction book he authored called Alfonso's Breakin' & Poppin' Book. In 1986, he released a 12" rap record called "Timebomb" on Prism Records.

Ribeiro's breakout role was 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".[7]

After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[edit]

Ribeiro competed as one of the celebrity singers on the reality TV show Celebrity Duets in 2006, winning over the runner-up Lucy Lawless.

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.[8]

In 2014, Ribeiro took part on Dancing with the Stars' season nineteen. He 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 his signature dance move, "The Carlton". In the final week of the season, Ribeiro scored 40 out of 40 in all three dances. On November 25, Ribeiro and Carson won the competition, beating out Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish who came in second and third place, respectively.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Alfonso Ribeiro married writer Angela Unkrich on October 13, 2012[10] after becoming engaged in July 2012.[11] They currently reside in Los Angeles and have a son named Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. who was born on October 27, 2013.[12] During a live show of Dancing with the Stars, Ribeiro announced that he and his wife are expecting their second child.[13]

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.[14]


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. Kenneth 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: "Hillmann Isn't Through With You Yet"
1990–96 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Banks
1993 Ticks Darrel "Panic" Lumnley
1994 Soul Train Host Guest hosted one episode
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
2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase Moon Goon #1 Voice
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. Winner of the competition.
2015 Unwrapped 2.0 Host US television program

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Ribeiro was partnered with Witney Carson for season 19. On November 25, 2014, Ribeiro and Carson were declared the season's champions.

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
53 Flamenco / "Angelica" 8 94 9 8 No elimination
6 Salsa / "Booty" 10 105 9 10 Safe
7 Rumba / "Ghost"
Team freestyle / "Time Warp"
8 Cha-cha-cha / "Trust"
Jive Dance-Off / "Rip It Up"
9 Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Trio Paso Doble / "Turn Down for What"
Argentine Tango / "Love Runs Out"
Contemporary / "Love Runs Out" (acoustic version)
Jive / "3-6-9"
Freestyle / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Cha-cha-cha & Argentine Tango Fusion / "Shut Up and Dance"

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.

3This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Ribeiro performed with Cheryl Burke instead of Carson.

4Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.

5Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.


  1. ^ Kubicek, John (November 24, 2014). "'Dancing with the Stars' Season 19 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is...". BuddyTV. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Marilyn; Parks, Rebecca (1998). "Alfonso Ribeiro". 
  3. ^ Ribeiro, Alfonso (7 August 2008). A Chat with Alfonso Ribeiro. Interview with Harris, Will. 
  4. ^ Keller, Richard (24 September 2006). "Alfonso Ribeiro—a member of the Pepsi Generation". AOL TV. 
  5. ^ "Broadway star not dead". Lakeland Ledger. June 5, 1984. 
  6. ^ "Alfonso Ribeiro". TBS. 
  7. ^ Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna Rush (5 September 2008). "Greenlighting an airborne TV tie-in". Daily News. 
  8. ^ Eames, Tom. "I'm a Celebrity...". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ O'Sullivan, Erin (14 October 2012). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro & Angela Unkrich Are Married". Yahoo 7 News. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Alfonso Ribeiro ties the knot". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2013-10-28). "Alfonso Ribeiro, Wife Angela Unkrich Welcome Son Alfonso Lincoln Jr.". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  13. ^ Alfonso Ribeiro announces wife is expecting their second child, US Magazine
  14. ^ Acomyo, Mary Margaret (10 August 2006). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro Divorcing". People. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 19 (Fall 2014 with Witney Carson)
Succeeded by