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Alfonso Ribeiro Pens Emotional Tribute to His Grandma on What Would Have Been Her 99th Birthday

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jan 26, 2021
08:30 A.M.
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"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 winner and actor Alfonso Ribeiro penned an emotional tribute to her late grandmother, whom he would fondly call "Mumzie."

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Prolific actor Alfonso Ribeiro didn't let the day pass without paying a short and heartwarming tribute to his loving grandmother who passed away six years ago.

Ribeiro, who's been married to Angela Unkrich since 2012, took to Instagram to share an old picture of himself with his beloved grandmother.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich attending the debut of Mark Ballas' EP "Kicking Clouds" at Crustacean on September 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich attending the debut of Mark Ballas' EP "Kicking Clouds" at Crustacean on September 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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REMEMBER HIS BELOVED GRANDMOTHER

In the sentimental picture, Ribeiro stood beside his grandmother, who donned a beautiful floral dress and red suit. Ribeiro was feeling nostalgic sharing it online.

The 49-year-old "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star shared that his grandmother, whose real name he didn't reveal, would have turned 99 this year. Ribeiro wrote in his post:

"Today would’ve been my Grandmother’s 99th birthday. I miss you very much."

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Many of Ribeiro's fans sent their heartfelt birthday greetings to his late grandmother. Other fans also left with praying hand emojis under the actor's post.

Other fans also filled the comment section with heart and cake images. The actor's picture was the same image he shared on Facebook on October 11, 2015.

He shared that his grandmother, whom he calls "Mumzie," died on October 10 at 93 and that he became the man he is now because of her.

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HONORING HIS FAMILY'S CREATIVITY

Following his recent post, it shows that Ribeiro's grandmother created a huge impact in the "Catch 21" alum's life. In 2016, he also expressed the same longingness on Twitter.

The actor's grandmother was the woman behind his family's creative pursuits. His grandfather Albert was a calypso singer, while his aunt is a dancer in the sketch comedy show "Laugh-In."

Even if his iconic role as Carlton Banks ended 30 years ago, the classic series still earned him a large following until now.

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FOLLOWING IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS

The entertainment genes were passed on to Ribeiro, who has now cemented his place in Hollywood. His industry breakthrough started when he was cast in 1983's "The Tap Dance Kid."

His versatile acting led him to gain several more appearances on TV. One of these TV shows was "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," where he starred alongside Will Smith.

Even if his iconic role as Carlton Banks ended 30 years ago, the classic series still earned him a large following until now. Ribeiro said the show afforded him a "wonderful life."

Now a doting father to four wonderful blended children, Ribeiro also appreciates that many people get the joy out of the show. It also made him appreciate his craft even more.

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