Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro

Born: September 21, 1971
Age: 46
Birthplace: New York, New York, U.S.
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Biography

Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, television director, dancer, and show host. Ribeiro played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He currently hosts ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, taking over from Tom Bergeron who left after fifteen years. He hosted the GSN game show Catch 21 and the ABC Family show Spell-Mageddon. He also hosted the hit TV show Dance 360, and starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.

Ribeiro 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 won season nineteen of Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Witney Carson.

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Early life

Ribeiro was born in New York City in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, to Trinidadian parents Michael and Joy Ribeiro (née De Leon). His mother was the daughter of Trinidadian Calypsonian the Roaring Lion, Rafael de Leon.

Career

Early work

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.

Ribeiro appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial that featured Michael Jackson 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. In 1986, he released a 12" 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 1990 to 1996. He played the cousin to Will Smith's lead character. The Carlton character was known for frequently dancing to Tom Jones's "It's Not Unusual", a dance move that gained fame as "The Carlton Dance".

Later work

Ribeiro competed as one of the celebrity singers on the reality TV show Celebrity Duets in 2006, winning over the runner-up Lucy Lawless.

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.

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, 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, 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 and became the first African American to host America's Funniest Home Videos. In July 8, 2015, Ribeiro made a cameo appearance in the music video for "All Night" by pop rock band, R5.

Personal life

Ribeiro was married to Robin Stapler in 2002. He and Stapler 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.

Ribeiro became engaged to writer Angela Unkrich in July 2012. They married on October 13, and reside in Los Angeles. In 2013, his wife gave birth to their first son, Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr., known as AJ. In 2015, their second son Anders Reyn Ribeiro was born.

Filmography

Acting

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1980 OYE Willie TV series
1984-87 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
1994 Bill Nye, the Science Guy Himself Episode: "Food Web"
1990 A Different World Zach Duncan Episode: "Hillmann Isn't Through With You Yet"
1990-96 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Banks 147 episodes
1993 Ticks Darrel "Panic" Lumnley
1994 Soul Train Host Guest-hosted one episode
1994-98 Spider-Man Randy Robertson / Teenage Robbie Robertson Voice role
1996-99 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
2005 Love Wrecked Bert Hernandez
2006 Celebrity Duets Himself/contestant Winner
2008-09 GSN Live Host
2008-11 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 Spell-Mageddon Host 8 episodes
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-present 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

Directing

Television
Year Title Notes Ref.
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Episode: "I, Ooh, Baby, Baby"
2006-07 All of Us 26 episodes
2009-10 Meet the Browns 8 episodes
2011-12 Are We There Yet? 19 episodes
2014 Mighty Med 1 episode
2015 Young & Hungry Episode: "Young & Part Two" (season 2)
2015-present 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
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
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"
9
8
9
8
9
8
9
8
Safe
8 Cha-cha-cha / "Trust"
Jive Dance-Off / "Rip It Up"
10
Awarded
9
3
9
Extra
10
Points
Safe
9 Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Trio Paso Doble / "Turn Down for What"
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
10
Argentine Tango / "Love Runs Out"
Contemporary / "Love Runs Out" (acoustic version)
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
11
Jive / "3-6-9"
Freestyle / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Cha-cha-cha & Argentine Tango Fusion / "Shut Up and Dance"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Winner

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.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]