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"Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Had Some Of The Coolest Cameos Of Any Show Ever, And Here’s All The Proof You Need

One of these celebs actually appeared as two different characters in two different episodes on two different seasons!

One of the best things about sitcoms is how they often feature a stacked deck of guest-stars and cameos.

You know, the sort of people that make you go "Oh wow, it's so-and-so!" while you're watching (or rewatching years later)?

Well, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is no exception, and, unless you've rewatched the series relatively recently, there are probably a lot of celebrities you forgot popped up over the course of its six seasons!

So, with that in mind, here are 15 of the best (in chronological order):

1. Kathy Griffin

kathy griffin in fresh prince of bel air

Season 1, Episode 4 — "Not With My Pig, You Don't"

Their Character: Griffin played Susan Klein, a journalist writing an article about Uncle Phil.

Here's Griffin in 2022:

kathy griffin smiling in a black dress

2. Don Cheadle

don cheadle and karyn parsons in fresh prince

Season 1, Episode 5 — "Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy"

Their Character: Cheadle played Ice Tray, an old friend of Will's who briefly gets together with Hilary.

Here's Cheadle in 2022:

don cheadle smiling in a white shirt and blue blazer

3. Naomi Campbell

naomi campbell in fresh prince

Season 1, Episode 10 — "Kiss My Butler"

Their Character: Campbell played Helen, a woman Will sets Geoffrey up with on a blind date.

Here's Campbell in 2023:

naomi campbell in a black turtleneck, gray coat, and sunglasses

4. Vivica A. Fox

will smith and vivica a fox in fresh prince

Season 1, Episode 19 — "It Had To Be You"

Their Character: Fox played Janet, Jazz's sister who Will briefly dates before introducing her to Carlton.

Here's Fox in 2023:

vivica a fox in a black shirt with crystals on it

5. Queen Latifah

Season 1, Episode 25 — "Working It Out" AND Season 2, Episode 8 — "She Ain't Heavy"

Their Character: Latifah actually played TWO DIFFERENT CHARACTERS on the show. First, she appeared as Marissa Redman, Hilary's boss who makes Hilary get her a date with Will in the Season 1 finale. Then, in Season 2, she played Dee Dee Williams, Will's blind date who he gets along with, but won't ask out because she's not thin.

Here's Latifah in 2023:

queen latifiah in an olive green jacket

6. Diedrich Bader

charlayne woodard and diedrich bader on fresh prince

Season 2, Episode 6 — "Guess Who's Coming to Marry?" AND Season 2, Episode 13 — "Christmas Show"

Their Character: Bader played Frank, the fiancé and, later, husband of Will's Aunt Janice. ("Frank" also appeared in a Season 3 episode, though he was played by Robert Torti.)

Here's Bader in 2022:

diedrich bader in a light blue shirt and gray blazer and glasses

7. Raven-Symoné

will smith and raven symone in fresh prince

Season 2, Episode 21 — "Vying for Attention"

Their Character: Symoné played Claudia, the precocious daughter of Will's mother's boyfriend.

Here's Raven-Symoné in 2023:

raven symone in a light pink jacket and red sunglasses

8. Oprah Winfrey

oprah and will smith on fresh prince

Season 3, Episode 9 — "A Night at the Oprah"

Their Character: Oprah appeared as herself, with the Banks family coming on her show.

Here's Winfrey in 2023:

oprah in a sequined jacket and glasses

9. Naya Rivera

a young naya rivera on fresh prince

Season 3, Episode 16 — "Bundle of Joy"

Their Character: The late Rivera played Cindy, the hypothetical new Banks child Hilary fantasizes about using as her personal servant.

Here's Rivera in 2019:

naya rivera smiling in a plaid blazer

10. Tom Jones

tom jones on fresh prince

Season 3, Episode 18 — "The Alma Mater"

Their Character: Jones appeared as himself, who, in this universe, is Carlton's guardian angel, and appears after Carlton is rejected from Princeton and threatens the admissions representative.

Here's Jones in 2022:

tom jones pointing in a light blue shirt

11. Pam Grier

pam grier in fresh prince

Season 4, Episode 22 — "M is for the Many Things She Gave Me"

Their Character: Grier played Janice, an old girlfriend of Uncle Phil's who sleeps with Will.

Here's Grier in 2022:

pam grier wearing a black shirt and orange blazer talking into a microphone

12. Elise Neal

will smith and elise neal in fresh prince

Season 4, Episode 22 — "M is for the Many Things She Gave Me"

Their Character: Neal played Wendy, Janice's daughter who also likes Will.

Here's Neal in 2023:

elise neal smiling in a yellow blazer

13. Jay Leno

will smith and jay leno on fresh prince

Season 5, Episode 10 — "Will's Up the Dirt Road" AND Season 6, Episode 5 — "The Script Formerly Known As…"

Their Character: Leno appeared as himself, first in Season 5 when he sues Will for slander after Will sells a photo of the talk show host to a tabloid. He later does an unflattering segment on Uncle Phil in Season 6.

Here's Leno in 2022:

jay leno in a light blue shirt and striped blazer

14. Robin Givens

robin givens in fresh prince

Season 5, Episode 23 — "Cold Feet, Hot Body"

Their Character: Givens played Denise, a classmate of Will's who tries to lure him away from his girlfriend.

Here's Givens in 2019:

robin givens in a yellow dress

And, last but not least:

15. Milo Ventimiglia

milo Ventimiglia on fresh prince

Season 6, Episode 4 — "Bourgie Sings the Blues"

Their Character: In his first-ever onscreen role, Ventimiglia played a not-great party guest of Ashley's.

Here's Ventimiglia in 2023:

milo Ventimiglia in a beige suit

Did we miss any? Who was your favorite Fresh Prince guest star or cameo? Sound off in the comments!

Oh! And you can watch all of your favorite episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on HBO Max!