13 things you should know about Alfonso Ribeiro

Carlton stole the show on Graham Norton, but what's he been up to since the Fresh Prince wrapped?

13 things you should know about Alfonso Ribeiro

So we all enjoyed the Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion on last week's Graham Norton Show, didn't we?

Big Willie on the mic, Jazzy Jeff on the decks… but it was Alfonso Ribeiro that was the real star of the show, strutting his stuff as only Carlton can.

In honour of the feelgood clip of the year, here's 13 Things You Should Know About Alfonso Ribeiro

___________________________

1. HE WAS A CHILD STAR

Born in New York in 1971 to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Alfonso's dancing skills saw him land a spot in a 1984 Pepsi ad alongside none other than MJ himself.

Yep, that's him in the red jacket.

(Modegy via YouTube)

2. HE WASN'T BORN A DANCER

He had to learn his moves. And you could, too - if you bought his easy to follow book, complete with 65"x70" fold-out breaking board, rap sheet and instruction poster.

Radical!

(Radiumclock)

3. HE EVEN HAD A SINGLE

But it wasn't very good.

In fact it was woeful.

Here it is:

(KiNgOfPoPLiVeS1 via YouTube)

On the plus side, the old red jacket got a fair bit of wear.

4. HE NEARLY DIDN'T GET THE FRESH PRINCE GIG

The network president didn't like him after he saw the pilot, and ordered him fired from the cast.

Six weeks later bosses admitted they'd made a mistake and hired him back.

Watch clip for the full story, as well as scandal on how Alfonso didn't get on with 'the first Vivian' (meow!).

(christopherkeefe via YouTube)

5. DUDE IS RIPPED

Carlton had a whole Ned Flanders thing going on. As evidenced by this picture of Alfonso, Will, Karyn Parsons (Hilary) and Hef at the Playboy Mansion.

Still don't believe us? Check out this clip of Carlton stripping.

(sku35· via YouTube)

So how's he holding up now?

Pretty good, by the looks of things.

6. HE DOES NOT HAVE TOM JONES AS HIS RINGTONE

His mobile is set to vibrate, his step-daughter told Reddit users last year.

Why would this be asked?

Because of this, possibly the seminal Carlton dance.

(John Tex via YouTube)

(although this, to Apache (Jump On It) by the Sugarhall Gang, runs a close second)

(Mark Taylor via YouTube)

7. FOR A LONG TIME, HE HATED BEING CARLTON

And wouldn't ever do the dance, even when his kids asked.

"He refused to do the Carlton dance for a long time," his step-daughter said, until he copped that there was money to be made.

"Turns out he just realized he could get paid for it and started doing the flash mobs."

(ViSalus Inc via YouTube)

8. NOW HE DOESN'T MIND SO MUCH

He even breaks out the dance on the golf course.

(Bxny1 via YouTube)

He's quite the golf fan, it turns out.

In fact, he's an all-round sportsman with his second passion being car racing, and won several celebrity motor races in the 1990s.

9. HE'S ON TWITTER

Where he revealed that he and second wife Angela (they married last year) took in the sights of London after his epic appearance on Graham Norton.

They even went to the Champions League final

10. HE STOLE THE CARLTON DANCE FROM COURTENEY COX

Says him.

(B Young via YouTube)

Here's the Springsteen vid for comparison, Courteney's up around 3.30. To be honest, there could be any number of culprits in this, not least The Boss himself.

(BruceSpringsteenVEVO via YouTube)

11. HE ONCE GOT PUNCHED BY A FAN FOR BEING CARLTON

Who would want to punch Carlton? Jesus, what is wrong with people?

(christopherkeefe via YouTube)

12. HIS SINGING GOT BETTER

And still we say - stick to the dancing, Alfonso.

(Guille Cub via YouTube)

13. HE'S NOT DEAD

Alfonso has been the victim of multiple online death hoaxes.

Nope, still here.

___________________________

More in this section

Lifestyle
Newsletter

The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up