The rapper/actor had already tasted chart success as one half of the hip-hop duo he founded with his childhood pal Jazzy Jeff, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, but he shot to international fame starring as a fictionalised version of himself on the TV comedy.
The show wrapped in 1996 after six seasons and Smith went on to become a Hollywood superstar with leading roles in films such as Independence Day, I Am Legend and the Men In Black franchise.
But he revisited his TV roots last week (ends16Dec11) when he reunited with his former co-stars, including Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery and Karyn Parsons for a luncheon benefiting Parsons' African-American charity, Sweet Blackberry.
Posting a photo of the old pals on his Facebook.com page, Smith writes, "Got the Holiday season started right with a 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' reunion...there's nothin' like spending Holidays with fam!"
The only castmembers not in attendance were Daphne Reid and Janet Hubert, who starred for three years each as the sitcom family's matriarch, Vivian Banks.