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Host, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos"

Alfonso Ribeiro: Biography at a Glance

  • Currently seen as the host of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos and the Cooking Channel's Unwrapped 2.0
  • Best known for his roles as 'Alfonso Spears' on the long-running series Silver Spoons and 'Carlton Banks' on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • His big break came when Michael Jackson cast him in one of his Pepsi commercials after seeing Alfonso starring in the Broadway Musical The Tap Dance Kid
  • Directed multiple episodes of Shake It Up, Are We There Yet?, THe Wannabes, Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One and ten episodes of All of Us
  • Won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on Season 19 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars
Host, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos"

As the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, actor, TV director, award-winning dancer and Broadway star, Alfonso Ribeiro has spent more than 30 years leaving his unique mark on the worlds of television, theater and beyond. 

Ribeiro began his career as a child actor, most notably on Broadway playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical The Tap Dance Kid. As news of Ribeiro’s dancing and singing skills spread, he was offered a recording contract with Island Records, for whom he released several dance/pop singles, as well as a spot in Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial.

Ribeiro was then cast opposite Ricky Schroder in the long-running NBC sitcom Silver Spoons, making him an instant teen idol. After earning a Theater Arts education from Cal State University, Los Angeles, he was given the opportunity to choose a role on the established sitcom A Different World or a new pilot called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Showing an adventurous streak, he chose the latter and created the iconic character of Carlton Banks for which he is known for throughout the world.

Having grown up in front of the camera, Alfonso knew that opportunities existed behind the scenes, too. His impressive resume as a TV director includes popular programs like In The House, Shake It Up, Are We There Yet?, The Wannabes, Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One and All of Us.

Ribeiro continued to make good use of his dancing skills in 2014 when he won the nineteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. After finishing in first place, he hosted the country-wide Dancing with the Stars tour.                                                                   

Golf is also one of Alfonso’s passions, and he is currently a PGA TOUR Champions Ambassador.

He resides in California with his wife and three children.

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Union Rescue Mission

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Union Rescue Mission's Hope Gardens Family

“He was amazing. The crowd loved him, he was a true pro and a great person. We are truly happy.”

CLIO Awards

“It was AMAZING, he was truly a dream to work with and well received in the audience by all. It was a special treat to have him part of our program.”


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