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Ready To Feel Old? Check Out What The Cast Of 'Fresh Prince' Look Like Today

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is hands down one of the funniest shows of the '90s, and one of the few sitcoms from that era we're happy to rewatch again and again.

Despite the show's successful six-year run, only Will Smith managed to hang onto his star power through the years.

So what have the rest of the cast been up to?

Will Smith - The Fresh Prince

Let's get this out of the way, because we know you already know:

After proving his acting talent on TV, Smith became box office gold with blockbusters like Independence Day, Bad Boys, and Men in Black. Plus, he went back to his roots with even more hit albums. Now, him and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are the head of a small acting dynasty.

Will Smith's son Jaden and daughter Willow have followed their parents into show business.Celebuzz

Not bad for a kid born and raised in West Philadelphia.

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Jazz

Recognize him? When Will Smith made the jump from music to TV, he brought along the other half of his hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Seeing him get thrown out of the house by Uncle Phil was always a treat.

While Fresh Prince was his only big acting role, this DJ is still making music, and reunited with Smith during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

Joseph Marcell - Geoffrey

Proving that there are no small parts, the Banks family's butler, Geoffrey, was a fan favorite character. After Fresh Prince, Marcell had regular roles on soap operas like The Bold and the Beautiful and Britain's EastEnders.

But mainly, he's appeared on-stage in productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Because, of course, Marcell is a classically trained actor.

Nia Long - Lisa Wilkes

While Will had a rotating cast of girlfriends on the show, it seemed like he was going to settle down with Beaullah "Lisa" Wilkes. Will's cold feet at the last possible moment spoiled their ceremony.

Since them, Long has had regular parts on Judging Amy, Empire, NCIS Los Angeles, and movies like The Best Man Holiday.

Ross Bagley - Nicky Banks

Will's younger cousin was the only character on the show who could be called a bigger troublemaker than him. He must have made an impression on the show's star, because he was recruited to play the son of Smith's girlfriend in Independence Day.

Bagley is still acting today, but mainly in low-budget horror movies. You may also remember him as Buckwheat from The Little Rascals.

James Avery - Uncle Phil


The family patriarch who always had words of wisdom for his son (but more often his nephew). Avery had a long career as a voice actor, and even played the evil Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Sadly, he passed away in 2013 from complications of open heart surgery.

His TV family remembered Avery fondly after his death, with Will Smith sharing, “Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery.”

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