Karyn Parsons

Actor, Model
Assured young TV actor who gained exposure playing Hilary Banks, the spoiled, self-centered cousin of Will Smith on the hit sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Parsons had previously worked as a model ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Blossom 1990 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Job 1990 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1990 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Ladies Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Thirteen Moons 2001 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

The Ladies Man 2000 (Movie)

Julie Simmons (Actor)

Mixing Nia 1998 (Movie)

Nia (Actor)

Lush Life 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Like That 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Major Payne 1995 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Scott Ross: Safe Sex? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Spa 1990 (Movie)

Brooke (Actor)

Roughhouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Sweet Blackberry Presents: The Journey of Henry Box Brown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Stromoli 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Assured young TV actor who gained exposure playing Hilary Banks, the spoiled, self-centered cousin of Will Smith on the hit sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Parsons had previously worked as a model and appeared in nearly two dozen TV commercials before making her TV debut in "Roughhouse" (CBS, 1988), a busted pilot directed by Martha Coolidge. She began to branch out into a feature career playing the female lead in "Class Act" (1992), a teen comedy starring pop rappers Kid 'N' Play. Parsons was selected to perform similar chores opposite Damon Wayans in "Major Payne" (1995). She returned to series TV in 1996 co-starring with Lori Petty in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life", in which the two played roommates.

Relationships

Ken Parsons

Father
Caucasian

Louise Parsons

Mother
Black

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California

Milestones

1998

Starred as a biracial woman in the independent film "Mixing Nia"

1996

Co-starred with Lori Petty in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life"; also co-created the series

1995

Acted in the feature "Major Payne"

1992

Played the female lead in the feature, "Class Act"

1990

Cast as Hilary Banks on the hit NBC sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

1990

Feature debut, "Death Spa/Witch Bitch" (filmed in 1987)

1988

TV debut, a supporting role in "Roughhouse", an unsold sitcom pilot directed by Martha Coolidge and broadcast on "CBS Summer Playhouse"

Formed her own production company, Bamboozled Goliwogg, Inc., to develop film and TV projects

Acted in commercials

Began studying acting at age 13

Worked as a model while auditioning for acting jobs

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