Will Smith and his former music partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, recently reunited with Alfonso Ribeiro to see Smith’s eldest son Trey deejay in London. Later, Smith and Jazzy Jeff performed the famous “Fresh Prince” theme song on “The Graham Norton Show,” with Ribeiro popping in to do the beloved “Carlton dance.”
Now: After “Fresh Prince,” Smith became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, thanks to blockbusters like “Independence Day,” “Bad Boys,” “Men in Black,” “I, Robot,” “I Am Legend,” and “Hancock.” Now, he’s grooming the next generation — he’s starring alongside son Jaden in the sci-fi action flick “After Earth,” opening in June.
Now: The child actor who first gained recognition as “The Tap Dance Kid” on Broadway and for dancing in a Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson became world-famous on “Fresh Prince” for the much-copied “Carlton Dance.” Now, Ribeiro has graduated to directing, regularly helming episodes of TBS sitcoms “Meet the Browns” and “Are We There Yet?”
Now: After starting out his career in voicework on shows like “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” James Avery branched out into live-action comedies. In recent years, he’s moved more into dramas, guest-starring on “The Closer,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Harry’s Law.”
Now: After Janet Hubert was let go from “Prince,” she popped up here and there in guest appearances on “The Gilmore Girls,” “Friends,” and “One Life to Live.” Recently, she’s made headlines by speaking out about getting fired from the show. And Hubert-Whitten has become embroiled in a feud with “The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler, who advised her to “move on” from the 20-year-old incident
Now: When Daphne Reid took over the role of Aunt Viv, (wow, how she’s aged) the show often included sly jokes about the casting change; in one episode, Will asked, “So who’s playing the mother this year?” Since “Prince,” Reid has done a few guest appearances, most notably on “Eve” and BET’s “Let’s Stay Together.” She and her husband, Tim Reid (“WKRP in Cincinnnati”), are both active in their Virginia communities.
Now: The precocious, cute little girl from the beginning of the series blossomed on screen before viewers’ eyes. After “Prince,” Tatyana Ali pursued a music career, releasing one album titled “Kiss the Sky,” and graduated from Harvard University in 2002. She continued acting, as well, with roles in “Jawbreaker,” “The Brothers,” “Dorm Daze,” and “Glory Road,” as well as a recurring stint on the soap “One Life to Live.” This year, she joined the cast of BET’s “Second Generation Wayans.”
Now: When “Prince” ended, Karyn Parsons co-created and co-starred in her own sitcom, “Lush Life,” with Lori Petty. Sadly, it lasted only one season. Since then, Parsons has nearly dropped out of acting; her last credit was 2001’s “The Job.” She’s raising two children, Lana and Nico, with her husband, director Alexandre Rockwell.
Now: Josepg Marcell went on to supporting roles in “The Bold and the Beautiful” and the British soap “EastEnders,” but his true love was the stage. He serves on the board of the Globe Theatre in London and is taking on the title role in their production of “King Lear.”
Now: RossBagley was just a little kid when he joined the cast of “Fresh Prince” for the final two seasons. After the show ended, he worked again with co-star Smith on “Independence Day,” and then starred in 1994’s “Little Rascals.” More recently, he attended California State University, Northridge.
Now: Jeffrey Allen Townes has been a DJ, music producer and performer, and sometime actor. He and his partner, Smith, released several hit albums in the ’80s and ’90s before splitting as a duo. Townes appeared in “Fresh Prince,” often getting thrown out by Uncle Phil. In the years since, he has continued deejaying all over the world, recently spinning tracks on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
Now: Scrolling down Vernee Watson’s long and impressive resume, you’ll see the names of TV’s biggest hits — “ER,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” and many, many more. Watson was in the spotlight for non-career reasons when she testified in the Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial for child molestation.
WOW..THE ‘MOTHERS’ SURE AGED DFFERENTLY..