The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Series Is About to Turn 30, This Is What the Cast Looks Like Today

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We all remember the opening song that stayed in our heads all day: Will Smith looking for trouble on the basketball court, and then arriving at his uncle’s mansion dressed as a tourist in a taxi (with a right to that mark on his head).

In September 2020, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series celebrates its 30th anniversary. It’s amazing how fast time goes by. And that happens to all of us.

You may notice that 2 of the actors don’t have very recent photos and this is due to some changes in their lives.

The first of them, actor James Avery, our acclaimed Uncle Phil, died in the early hours of December 31, 2013, at a hospital in California due to some complications following heart surgery. Other actors, like Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and Tatyana Ali (Ashley), posted beautiful tributes to him on their social networks.

The second, the actress who played Aunt Vivian, Janet Hubert-Whitten, had to withdraw from the series after having some disagreements with leading actor Will Smith.

At Bright Side we were curious to know how the main actors from the series look today, and that’s why we looked for their most recent photos on social media. Don’t miss the bonus at the end of the article!

James Avery (Philip Banks, or simply Uncle Phil)

Janet Hubert-Whitten (Vivian Banks, from 1990 until 1993)

Daphne Maxwell-Reid (Vivian Banks, from 1993 until 1996)

Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks)

Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks, or Cousin Carlton)

Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks)

Ross Bagley (Nicky Banks)

Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey Butler)

DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz)

Will Smith (Will Smith)

And, of course, we couldn’t forget the famous dance by cousin Carlton, which continues to live on these days.

Bonus: The cast recently met up

“Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.”

The series is a great classic, both nationally and internationally, and will go down in history. Do you miss it too? Which character did you like best? Don’t hesitate to leave your answer in the comment section.


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I LOVED this series! Will was such a funny one to watch


I didn't know about this feud between Will and Janet... Hollywood drama huh


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