October 8, 1966 |
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Model, television producer and writer|
|Spouse(s)||Randy Brooks (divorced)
Alexandre Rockwell (m. 2003)
|Relatives||2 children (with Rockwell)|
Early life and education
Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California. During an interview with Essence in 2008, 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.
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.
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).
|1995||Major Payne||Emily Walburn|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Julie Simmons|
|1987||The Bronx Zoo||Girl
Episode: The Power of a Lie
|1988||Hunter||Elizabeth Childs||Episode: Renegade|
|CBS Summer Playhouse||Lynette||Episode: Roughhouse|
|1990–1996||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
|Linc's||Elaine||Episode: Dog Day Afternoon|
|2001||The Job||Toni||Episode: Foot|
|2002-2004||Static Shock||Tracy||Voice Role
Episode: Static Shaq
- "Karyn Parsons Profile". NNDB.com. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
- "Born in the year 1966". IMDB.com. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- Karyn Parsons Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- Maltais, Michelle (December 2005). "Delivered from slavery, Henry Box Brown's daring journey to freedom is told on DVD.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2006-07-31.
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