What Happened To The Rest?

Practically everyone in the world knows who Will Smith is, even if it’s not because of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I feel the majority of people do not know what happened to all the other cast members. What have they done since, if anything? For the most part, they have not had any major roles since. The cast has done a lot of cameos, but not much more.

Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton Banks, is the only one besides Tatyana Ali to be a star in another TV show after The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was the host of Catch 21 on GSN. Even so, I bet a lot of people have never even heard of this show.

Karyn Parsons, Hilary Banks, only major role other than in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was in Major Payne. Major Payne was actually filmed during the time that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was still being created. Other than that, she has only done cameos and actually hasn’t been in front of a camera since 2004.

Tatyana Ali has been busy since her role as the innocent Ashley Banks. She has since starred in movies such as Glory Road and Hotel California. She is also currently the lead role in the TV ONE original sitcom Love That Girl. As also made a guest appearance in the always popular kids show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Tatyana has also created two hit singles that have reached the Billboard top 10 list in the United Kingdom. It would seem that her music is no where near as popular in the great country of America.

James Avery has yet to be in such as major role as he was playing Uncle Phil. He has made guest appearances in more movies and TV shows than most people can count to. Don’t be surprised if he shows up on your favorite tv show one day or possibly already has.

The always entertaining Geoffrey Butler, played by Joseph Marcell, has not done many American related movies/television since. After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had it’s final episode, Joseph moved back to Britain where he currently lives with his family and continues to act. None of the movies he has had a role in have become famous in the United States.

For those of you that have never watched the show closely may not have noticed that Vivian Banks changes after the third season. Janet Hubert-Whitten was the first mother of the Banks family before having a falling out with Will Smith. Much like the rest of the cast, she has done little since. This is mostly due to her now being a mother.

Daphne Maxwell-Reid is our second Vivian Banks. Not much of a resemblance to the first one, but she got the job done. She, like many of the others, has not reached the same stardom as her role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

You would think such a great show would have made the futures bright for at least most of the cast, but that did not seem to happen. I guess Will Smith truly is one of a kind.

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  1. Deante

     /  April 2, 2012

    Cool! I always wondered what happened to Geoffrey and I didn’t know that he was actually from Britain, I just thought he was really good with acting/accents. I am sad to know that the actress for Hilary didn’t continue her career because she was my favorite character.

  2. Great idea for a blog! I used to love Fresh Prince as a kid. All the characters were hysterical in their own right especially Carlton. I sadly confess I love Catch 22 and was so excited to see him as the host. How depressing about the other cast members never going on to do anything else. What about Jazzy J? Did he do anything or just ride the fame boat with Will Smith? I really wish we could hear the hit singles from the UK that Tatyanna sang. I would have expected her to pull a Ravin Samone.

  3. So I love Fresh Prince of Belair, Geoffrey is my absolute favorite character. I love when he makes fun of Uncle Phil. I remember on one episode Uncle Phil was dancing and talking about how he got his groove back. Geoffrey’s response “If that’s a groove, the Grand Canyon’s a ditch.” I loved it.


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