Karyn Parsons

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Karyn Parsons
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Born (1966-10-08) October 8, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, Model, television producer and writer
Years active 1987–2006
Spouse(s) Randy Brooks (divorced)
Alexandre Rockwell (m. 2003)
Relatives 2 children (with Rockwell)

Karyn Parsons-Rockwell (born October 8, 1966)[2] is an American Model, television and film actress and best known for the role of Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Early life[edit]

Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California. During an interview with Essence in 2008,[3] she described her parentage as being bi-racial. With her mother, Louise Parsons, being African American from Charleston, South Carolina, and her father, Kenneth B. Parsons, is of Welsh descent, and from Butte, Montana. She attended Santa Monica High School.[4]


Parsons is known for her role as Hillary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced, co-wrote, and co-starred in the sitcom Lush Life in 1996, which was later canceled. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary.

Besides television, Parsons has starred in several films, particularly in comedies such as Late Nights (1992), Major Payne (1995), and The Ladies Man (2000). Parsons' current project is Sweet Blackberry, producing a line of animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry Box Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Parsons' first marriage was to The Young and the Restless actor Randy Brooks, but they later divorced in the '90s. Parsons married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003. Together they have a daughter, Lana (born March 2003), and a son, Nico (born May 2007).[6]


Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Class Act Ellen
1995 Major Payne Emily Walburn
1998 Mixing Nia Nia
2000 The Ladies Man Julie Simmons
2002 13 Moons Lily
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Bronx Zoo Girl
Student #2
Episode: Changes
Episode: The Power of a Lie
1988 Hunter Elizabeth Childs Episode: Renegade
CBS Summer Playhouse Lynette Episode: Roughhouse
19901996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Hilary Banks
1992 Blossom Hilary Banks Episode: Wake Up Little Suzy
Out All Night Hilary Banks Episode: The Great Pretender
1995 The John Larroquette Show Annie Episode: Several Unusual Love Stories
1996 Gulliver's Travels Lady-in-Waiting NBC Miniseries
Lush Life Margot Hines
1999 Melrose Place Jackie Zambrano Episode: How Amanda Got Her Groove Back
Episode: Unpleasantville
Linc's Elaine Episode: Dog Day Afternoon
2001 The Job Toni Episode: Foot
2002-2004 Static Shock Tracy Voice Role
Episode: Static Shaq


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