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Its the show that launched Will Smiths career, gave us The Carlton, and introduced

prime time viewers to hip-hop culture.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has often been lauded as one of the best shows of the 90s, but

that didnt guarantee rewarding careers for its entire cast.

After a reunion photo in late March of 2017 sparked unfounded rumors of a Fresh Prince

reboot, we thought for this edition of wed do a little digging and see what our favorite

Bel-Air family has been up to since the shows final episode in 1996.

James AveryPhilip Banks After spending six years keeping his nephews

boisterous personality in line, Avery enjoyed years of success, appearing briefly in quite

a few different television shows and taking smaller roles in movies.

Of his more notable parts, the former television father-figure was in The Closer, The Division,

Sparks, and lent his voice to the Kinect Disneyland Adventures video game.

Sadly, on December 31st, 2013 at the age of 68, Avery passed away from complications after

open heart surgery.

Though we may have lost our favorite our favorite Bel-Air judge, well at least have this

snap of an older Smith looking very-much-so like his on-screen uncle.

Janet HubertVivian Banks # 1 Look up the definition of spiteful and you

might find an image of Hubert, the first of two actresses that portrayed Smiths television


Rumors as to why Hubert was fired after the third season range from a contract-breaking

pregnancy to continued feuds with the production crew and cast, but none of it seemed to slow

her down.

After leaving Fresh Prince, Hubert appeared in various walk-on roles and is currently

slated for the Marcus Garvey Biopic.

After missing out on the 2017 cast reunion photo, Hubert went public with some unkind

words for former co-stars Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro.

Daphne Maxwell ReidVivian Banks # 2 After replacing a rather sour Janet Hubert

in Season 4 of Fresh Prince, Reid didnt quite enjoy the same on-screen success as

her predecessor.

Instead, she and husband Tim Reid owned and operated New Millennium Studios, a full-service

movie studio, until 2014.

In 2010, Reid and her husband founded the Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit organization

working with newcomers to entertainment media to pair them with professionals in the film

and television industry.

In April of 2017, Reid and her husband hosted a fashion show to benefit the LMI.

Karyn ParsonsHilary Banks Since hanging up Hilarys staple fashionable

garb in 1996, Parsons has sprinkled her presence in a variety of walk-on roles on Melrose Place

and Lincs, eventually landing a longer run on The Job as Toni.

While her career may not be incredibly active, Parsonshas been keeping herself busy with

her children, daughter Lana and son Nico, born in 2003 and 2007 respectively, and husband

Alexandre Rockwell, whom she married in 2003.

In 2013, Parsons founded The Sweet Blackberry Foundation, a non-profit devoted to teaching

children aboutunsung black heroesthrough animated films.

In 2017, shes slated to appear in the short On Monday of Last Week.

Tatyana AliAshley Banks As Fresh Prince started to wind down, Tatyana

geared up for her short-lived musical career which didnt pick up enough steam to keep

her from taking on occasional walk-on parts and a recurring role on The Young and the


In 2008, she broke from acting and toured as a spokesperson for Barack Obama, in 2014

release a new EP titled "Hello", and in 2016, married Dr. Vaugh Rasberry and gave birth

to her first child, Edward Aszard.

A year later, Ali made headlines when a lawsuit she filed against creators of The Real was


Her acting career is still ultimately active as shes slated to appear in The Good Nanny

and The Reason in 2017.

Joseph MarcellGeoffrey Butler Not everybody was destined for the spotlight,

which may explain Marcells fairly quiet career after Fresh Prince ended.

Since 1996, he has made the occasional appearance on shows like In the House, Brothers and Sisters,

Jericho, and A Touch of Frost, and even held lengthy roles on The Bold and the Beautiful

and EastEnders.

Marcell joined several shorts in 2016, including The Complete Walk: Henry V and The Complete

Walk: King Lear, and is starring in the ImagiCon Entertainment film Thrice.

Alfonso RibeiroCarlton Banks Almost immediately after Fresh Prince ended,

Ribeiro landed a role on In the House and partook in walk-on parts and voice overs.

In 2006, he started his directorial career with All of Us, hosted the game show Catch

21 from 2008 to 2011 and started hosting Americas Funniest Home Videos and Unwrapped 2.0 in

2015, but his claim to fame wasand always will beThe Carlton.

For season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, Ribeiro took his keen moves all the way to the end

and declared season champions alongside Witney Carson - of course ensuring his signature

move showed up at least once.

He may blame Fresh Prince for casting the Carlton Banks shadow on his career, but he

embraces it often, specifically during theWorlds Shortest St. Patricks Day

Paradein Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Will SmithWill Smith Who has the time to run through all of Mr.

Smiths big screen accomplishments?

Hes saved the world from aliens on multiple occasions, survived a post-apocalyptic world

of vampires, ruled the wild west, blew up the streets of Miami, gave the 90s some

of its more catchier tunes, befriended Harley Quinn, and advocated for same-sex marriage.

Though Disneys tight wallet will be keeping us from seeing Smith in the upcoming Disney

live-action remake of Dumbo, fans will be able to catch him in future productions of

Bad Boys for Life, Bad Boys 4, and Netflixs Bright.

When not dominating the big screen, Smith is ushering his younger children, Willow and

Jaden, into the limelight.

Ross Bagley - Nicky Banks He stole hearts as the youngest child of Phil

and Vivian in the shows final two seasons, but all of thatlooking cute for the camera

is far behind Ross.

The grown-up child actor and former adorable kid hasnt had the most boisterous of careers,

but his roles in The Little Rascals as Buckwheat, Independence Day alongside Will Smith, and,

most recently, Gnome Alone and Dead Ringer, have kept him active.

If you really want to follow Bagleys current going-ons, its best to follow him on Instagram


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Bagley also works as an agent for Keller Williams Realty.

Jeffrey Allen Townes - DJ Jazzy Jeff Following Smith into the limelight, Jeff joined

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a recurring friend of Smiths aptly namedJazz.”

Despite being bitten by the acting bug, Jeffs true passion lied with music.

The hip-hop artist and record producer is still in the music scene, having produced

nine songs in 2014 alone.

If youre big into clubbing, you may see Jeff pop up to man the booth at locations

like Rehab Beach Club in Las Vegas, or you can just follow his career around the world

as he stops at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Liverpool.

Since the conclusion of Fresh Prince, Jeff and Will have teamed up for projects like

the premiere of Hancock and will be taking the stage together again in Europe in August

of 2017.

Or be sure to check him out right here on YouTube under the user jefftownes.

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