Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks)

Alfonso Ribeiro was a fixture as a child TV star in the 1980s and 1990s. His most famous role, as spoiled rich kid Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air brought him accolades and tons of laughs-- mostly AT him, not with him.

Not only did he serve as the butt of star Will Smith's jokes (which often targeted Ribeiro's diminutive height), but his physical mannerisms provided pure comedy of their own-- most notably the infamous "Carlton Dance." The Carlton Dance was a ridiculous yet oddly enchanting dance, usually to Tom Jones' "It's not Unusual". Since actions speak louder than words, check out this compilation. After you dry your tears, keep reading for more on Alfonso and his dancing skills...

Alfonso is actually an incredibly talented dancer, having started young-- even having a professional dance video he was hawking when he was eight. No, we're not making this up, check out the ad for Breaking and Poppin' (and don't miss the fold-out breakboard):

Alfonso even danced with Michael Jackson, and was rumored to have broken his neck during the commercial (!)-- obviously untrue but built up his legend nonetheless:

None of Alfonso's many on-screen efforts since have matched his success with Fresh Prince, but he will have a fond spot in most of our minds of a lovable, self-deprecating guy.

Alfonso will be hosting his first game show on Game Show Network's upcoming original Catch-21, priemering on July 21, 2008. In his personal life he is divorced with one child.

Bonus: The last Dance of Fresh Prince (Carlton and Will)

Credits:

http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_Ribeiro

Double Bonus for reading this far! The other leading ridiculous dance in TV history-- Elaine Benes' from Seinfeld...

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videodemon videodemon
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14 Responses Jul 2, 2008

alfonso ribiero is freaking beastly. huge fan. had no idea about the broken neck rumour, though!

I had a crush on him when I was 14 during the height of the FPOB show.

Dude...I looooove Elaine's "little kicks" dance. That **** cracks me up

Count me in a one more person who you've brightened the day for. Thanks!!

I love the Carlton dance! It's just too funny!! Elaine's dance is okay too, but it's more scary than funny. The people's reactions to it is hilarious though.<br />
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Carlton is definately the best funny dancer ever. Also, that Jackson pepsi comercial was cool.

PS. You have to be good to be able to pretend to be that bad! Love and Kisses.

I may be mistaken (it's been known to happen), but I think I saw him, when he was young (Maybe 6 yrs. old, younger than his dance video) go step for step, tap for tap with Gregory Hines - who had just made the movie "Tap" with Sammy Davis, Jr.

This was me and my oldest child's favorite show in the 80s. You can tell that he has rythym even while he's clowning around - he's also a very talented singer. That was fun, thanks! Bravo Alfonso!

I used to watch prince from ....<br />
It was always so funny to watch it. Thanks

I had forgotten how funny that was. He is a good dancer, you can tell he really enjoys himself. I am always looking for a laugh. Thanks<br />
codependant on laughs

pretty sweet man!! yeah...we short kids gotta stick togedda!!!

Fabulous, I caught myself smiling thru the entire viewing, lolll, great.....

Thank-you so much for this.....I also needed a laugh today!!! The videos and remembering Alfonso was fun.<br />
Thanks!