Next to the
Huxtables, the Banks-Smith clan was easily one of our favorite TV families.
It’s been exactly 17 years since
ended with that tear-jerking finale. Carlton heads off to Princeton University, Hilary and Ashley move to New York to pursue their own futures, while Phillip, Viv, and Little Nicky move up East as well. Geoffrey goes back to London to be with his son and Will stays in California to finish school. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Today, we want to honor
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in a true #TBT manner. But we gonna go back. Like way back. Before Fresh Prince even aired or before it was even a concept.
Check out below to see some of the cast before they went on to star in one of the best sitcoms of the ’90s.
PHOTO CREDIT: NBC
Before They Were "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Cast (PHOTOS)
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1. Before: this cutie had small appearances on Sesame Street, but she also played Eddie Murphy's little sister in the opening sketch of his "Raw" film back in 1987.
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2. Tatyana Ali went on to play Will's little cousin, Ashley.
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3. Before: she was rolling with the A-Team back in '83.
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4. Daphne Maxwell Reid went on to play the second Aunt Viv.
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5. Before: he served coffee to the seventh doctor in the UK hit, "Doctor Who."
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6. Joseph Marcell went on to play the wise-cracking but lovable butler for the Banks, Geoffrey.
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7. Before: he was DJ-ing and letting the people know that girls ain't nothing but trouble with his bestie/groupmate.
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8. DJ Jazzy Jeff went on to play Will's best friend on the show and a menace to Uncle Phil.
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9. Before: he was rapping/preaching that parents just don't understand back in '88.
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10. Will went on to play the goofy and charming Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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11. Before: he voiced the villain Shredder in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" in the late '80s.
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12. James Avery went on to play Will's hard-ass but caring Uncle Phil.
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13. Before: this beauty earned some of her early acting chops in "Boyz n Hood," playing Cuba Gooding Jr.'s love interest.
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14. Nia Long went on to play Will's long-time girlfriend.
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15. Before: he played Ricky's break-dancing best friend in the '80s hit "Silver Spoons."
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16. Alfonso Ribeiro went on to play Will's dorky but kinda-hot cousin, Carlton.
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17. Before: this other cutie played Buckwheat in "Little Rascals" back in 1990.
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18. Around the same time, Ross Bagley went on to play the adorable Little Nicky.
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19. Before: she was making waves in the modeling scene when she was just 15.
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20. Tyra Banks played Will's feisty former sweetheart and manager of The Peacock Shop.
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