Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, dancer, director and television personality. He played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Maxwell Stanton on In the House. He is the host of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, replacing host Tom Bergeron, who left after 14 years.
Ribeiro in May 2011
Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro
September 21, 1971
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, television personality, director, singer, dancer|
(m. 2002; div. 2006)
Angela Unkrich (m. 2012)
Ribeiro hosted the GSN game show Catch 21, the ABC Family show Spell-Mageddon, and the television show Dance 360. He starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, and took part in the 13th series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Ribeiro was born in New York City, in the Riverdale neighborhood of The Bronx, to Trinidadian parents, Michael and Joy Ribeiro, who are of African and Portuguese descent. His paternal grandfather was Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Hummingbird (Albert Ribeiro).
Ribeiro began his career at the age of 8. 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 concurrently 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, Ribeiro 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-inch rap record called "Timebomb" on Prism Records.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirEdit
Ribeiro's breakout role was as Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from September 1990 to May 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 routine that gained fame as "The Carlton".
In July 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 2 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, 2013, 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, 2014, 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 to host America's Funniest Home Videos. In July 2015, Ribeiro made a cameo appearance in the music video for "All Night" by pop-rock band R5.
In October 2018, he was announced as the host of the UK game show Money Tree. On October 12, 2018, Ribeiro was announced to sit in for Bruno Tonioli as guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing for week 5. He joined regular judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, and Shirley Ballas. Tonioli returned for week 6.
Ribeiro married Angela Unkrich on 13 October 2012, following a three month long engagement. The two reside in Los Angeles and have two sons: Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. (b. 2013), also known as A. J., and Anders Reyn Ribeiro (b. 2015). He and Unkrich are expecting their third child together, a girl, due in 2019.
Lawsuit against Epic GamesEdit
In December 2018, NBC and CBS reported that Ribeiro, along with Instagram star Russell Horning, aka Backpack Kid, and rapper Terrence Ferguson, aka 2 Milly, brought a lawsuit against Epic Games for their decision to feature respective choreographies in the popular game Fortnite. In Ribeiro's case, his "Carlton dance," which he made popular in the 1990s as a cast member of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is among one of the many dances that Fortnite players can purchase for their avatars. Epic Games declined to comment on the lawsuits. The U.S. Copyright Office denied him a copyright for his dance on January 13, 2019. On March 7, 2019, Ribeiro dropped the lawsuit.
|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|
|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||Bill Nye, the Science Guy||Himself||Episode: "Food Web"|
|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|
|2001||The Weakest Link||Himself/contestant||Game Show|
|2005||Love Wrecked||Bert Hernandez|
|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||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|
|2018||Strictly Come Dancing||Himself (Guest Judge)|
|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)|||
|2015–2018||K.C. Undercover||2 episodes|
Dancing with the Stars performancesEdit
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|
|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"
|8||Cha-cha-cha / "Trust"
Jive Dance-Off / "Rip It Up"
|9||Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Trio Paso Doble / "Turn Down for What"
|Argentine Tango / "Love Runs Out"
Contemporary / "Love Runs Out" (acoustic version)
|Jive / "3-6-9"
Freestyle / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Cha-cha-cha & Argentine Tango Fusion / "Shut Up and Dance"
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.
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- Keller, Richard (24 September 2006). "Alfonso Ribeiro—a member of the Pepsi Generation". AOL TV.
- "Broadway star not dead". Lakeland Ledger. June 5, 1984.
- "Alfonso Ribeiro". TBS. Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna Rush (5 September 2008). "Greenlighting an airborne TV tie-in". Daily News.
- "'The Graham Norton Show'". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Eames, Tom. "I'm a Celebrity..." Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- "'Dancing with the Stars' Season 19 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is..." buddytv.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- "Alfonso Ribeiro Set as New Host of ABC's 'America's Funniest Home Videos'". hollywoodreporter.com. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
- R5 - All Night (Official Video). 8 July 2015 – via YouTube.
- "Alfonso Ribeiro ties the knot". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- O'Sullivan, Erin (14 October 2012). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro & Angela Unkrich Are Married". Yahoo 7 News. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "Exclusive: It's a Boy! Alfonso Ribeiro, Wife Angela Welcome Baby No. 2!". In Touch Weekly. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- Webber, Stephanie (2013-10-28). "Alfonso Ribeiro, Wife Angela Unkrich Welcome Son Alfonso Lincoln Jr". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
- "Alfonso Ribeiro, Wife Angela Are Expecting Baby No. 3: 'We're Super Excited'". 2 November 2018.
- Acomyo, Mary Margaret (10 August 2006). "Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro Divorcing". People. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- "Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Epic Games For Stealing His Moves". Trill! Magazine. 2018-12-26. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- "'Carlton Dance' suit against 'Fortnite' may have two left feet, experts say". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- CBS This Morning, Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite maker for using "Carlton dance", retrieved 2018-12-26
- "Alfonso Ribeiro on Twitter". Twitter. March 13, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- Montgomery, Daniel. "'Dancing with the Stars' trio dances will invite back Kelly Monaco, Alfonso Ribeiro, Laurie Hernandez, Corbin Bleu". goldderby.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Brozyna, Emily. "'Dancing with the Stars' trio dances will invite back Kelly Monaco, Alfonso Ribeiro, Laurie Hernandez, Corbin Bleu". J-14.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Alfonso Ribeiro on IMDb
- Alfonso Ribeiro at Yahoo! Movies
- Alfonso Ribeiro on Twitter
- Alfonso Ribeiro at the Internet Broadway Database
|Awards and achievements|
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
| Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 19 (Fall 2014 with Witney Carson)
Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy