Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
September 21, 1971
(m. 2002; div. 2006)
Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor and television personality. He played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Maxwell Stanton on In the House.
He is the current host of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, replacing host Tom Bergeron, who left after 15 years. Ribeiro has hosted the GSN game show Catch 21, the ABC Family show Spell-Mageddon, and the television show Dance 360. He also starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid and took part in the 13th season of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Ribeiro won Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Witney Carson.
Ribeiro was born in New York City in the Riverdale neighborhood of The Bronx to Afro-Trinidadian parents. His paternal grandfather was Albert Ribeiro, a Trinidadian calypsonian of African , Dominican and Portuguese descent, known professionally as Lord Hummingbird.
Ribeiro began his career at age 8. 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. Ribeiro appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial that featured Michael Jackson in 1984; a rumor spread that Ribeiro died from snapping his neck while dancing in the commercial. The same year, Ribeiro was cast as Rick Schroder's best friend on the TV series Silver Spoons. In 1985, Ribeiro 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-inch rap record called "Timebomb" on Prism Records.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Ribeiro's breakout role was as Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from September 1990 to May 1996, the cousin of Will Smith's lead character. Carlton, the character, was known for frequently dancing to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual", a dance routine that gained fame as "The Carlton Dance".
He later starred on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J from 1997 to 1999. Ribeiro competed as one of the celebrity singers on the reality television show Celebrity Duets in September 2006, winning over the runner-up Lucy Lawless. In July 2008, Ribeiro hosted the game show Catch 21 on GSN. He also directed some episodes of Meet the Browns and a majority of the Season 2 episodes of the Are We There Yet? television series. Ribeiro hosted his second game show Spell-Mageddon, on ABC Family, in 2013.
On May 24, 2013, Ribeiro made a cameo appearance on The Graham Norton Show to perform "The Carlton Dance", with show guests Will and Jaden Smith. In November of that year, Ribeiro took part as a contestant in the thirteenth series of the British reality show, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here. He was eliminated from the show on December 5, 2013, finishing in seventh place.
On September 4, 2014, Ribeiro was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. He partnered with professional dancer Witney Carson. He became the fourth celebrity dancer in the show's history to receive a 9 from each judge in week one. On November 25, 2014, Ribeiro and Carson won the competition. In September 2015, he returned as a guest judge in week three of Season 21, and he subbed for Tom Bergeron as host the following week.
On May 19, 2015, Ribeiro was named as Tom Bergeron's successor to host America's Funniest Home Videos. In July 2015, Ribeiro made a cameo appearance in the music video for "All Night" by pop-rock band R5.
In October 2018, he was announced as the host of the UK game show Money Tree. On October 12, 2018, Ribeiro was announced to sit in for Bruno Tonioli as guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing for week 5. He joined regular judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, and Shirley Ballas. This also occurred for week 5 of the 2019 series. He also appeared as a contestant on a special Child TV Stars episode of The Weakest Link in 2001. He made it into the final round but lost to Keshia Knight-Pulliam.
Catch 21 was revived in 2019, and Ribeiro returned as the host. His role earned him a 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host, but he lost to Alex Trebek. He earned another nomination the following year, but again lost to Trebek.
The 90s with Alfonso Ribeiro
On July 6, 2019, the syndicated radio show The 90s with Alfonso Ribeiro launched on multiple radio stations across the country via Sun Broadcast Group. Radio veteran Daena Kramer (DK) joined him as co-host. The 3-hour weekly show celebrates 1990s music and culture while Alfonso and DK share their stories, pop culture facts and fun memories from the 1990s.
Lawsuit against Epic Games
In December 2018, Ribeiro, along with Instagram star Russell Horning, aka Backpack Kid, and rapper Terrence Ferguson, aka 2 Milly, brought a lawsuit against Epic Games for their decision to feature respective choreographies in the popular game Fortnite. In Ribeiro's case, his "Carlton dance", which he made popular in the 1990s as a cast member of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is one of the many dances that Fortnite players can purchase for their avatars. Epic Games declined to comment on the lawsuits. The U.S. Copyright Office denied him a copyright for his dance on January 13, 2019. On March 7, 2019, Ribeiro dropped the lawsuit.
|1980||OYE Willie||TV series|
|1984–1987||Silver Spoons||Alfonso Spears||Regular in seasons 3–5; 72 episodes|
|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|
|1990||A Different World||Zach Duncan||Episode: "Hillmann Isn't Through With You Yet"|
|1990–1996||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Carlton Banks||147 episodes|
|1993||Ticks||Darrel "Panic" Lumnley|
|1994||Bill Nye, the Science Guy||Himself||Episode: "Food Web"|
|1994||Soul Train||Host||Guest-hosted one episode|
|1994–1998||Spider-Man||Randy Robertson / Teenage Robbie Robertson||Voice role|
|1996–1999||In the House||Dr. Maxwell Stanton||51 episodes|
|1996||Kidz in the Wood||TV movie|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Roland Jackson||Voice role|
|1999||V.I.P.||Himself||Episode: The Last Temptation of Val|
|2000||Your Big Break||Host||Game show|
|2001||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase||Moon Goon #1||Voice role|
|2001||One on One||Lenny Richburg||Episode "Me and My Shadow"|
|2001||The Weakest Link||Himself/contestant||Game Show|
|2005||Love Wrecked||Bert Hernandez|
|2008–2011, 2019–present||Catch 21||Host||Game show|
|2011||Things We Do for Love||Darren||4 episodes; also director|
|2012||Big Time Rush||Captain McAllister||Episode: "Bel Air Rush"|
|2013||Shake It Up||Mr. Zigfeld||Episode: "My Fair Librarian it Up"|
|2013||The Graham Norton Show||Himself||UK comedy-chat show; cameo appearance in season 13, episode 8|
|2013||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Himself/contestant||UK reality-competition show|
|2014||Dancing with the Stars||Himself/contestant||Season 19 winner|
|2015–2017||Unwrapped 2.0||Host/narrator||Cooking Channel series|
|2015–present||America's Funniest Home Videos||Host/narrator||ABC series|
|2016||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Himself||Season 12 Episode 1|
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself (Celebrity Guest)||Season 1 Episode: Alfonso Ribeiro vs. Mario Batali|
|2018–2019||Strictly Come Dancing||Himself (Guest Judge)||Filled in for Bruno Tonioli|
|2021||Muppets Haunted Mansion||Fred||TV special|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Episode: "I, Ooh, Baby, Baby"|
|1997-1998||In the House||4 Episodes|
|2006–2007||All of Us||26 episodes|
|2009–2010||Meet the Browns||8 episodes|
|2011–2012||Are We There Yet?||19 episodes|
|2012–2013||Shake It Up||7 episodes|
|2014||Mighty Med||1 episode|
|2015||Young & Hungry||Episode: "Young & Part Two" (season 2)|||
|2015–2018||K.C. Undercover||2 episodes|
Dancing with the Stars performances
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|
|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.
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