Ribeiro in May 2011
|Born||Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
September 21, 1971
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer, television personality, television director, game show host|
|Spouse(s)||Robin Stapler (m. 2002–06)
Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
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.
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.
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. 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. The same year, Ribeiro was cast as Rick Schroder's best friend on the TV series Silver Spoons. 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".
After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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.
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.
Alfonso Ribeiro married writer Angela Unkrich on October 13, 2012 after becoming engaged in July 2012. They currently reside in Los Angeles and have a son named Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. who was born on October 27, 2013. 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.
|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|
|2006–07||All of Us||
||Directed 26 episodes|
|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||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
|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.
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