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Alfonso Ribeiro -- a member of the Pepsi Generation -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 24th 2006 3:10PM

Alfonso Ribeiro and Michael JacksonI thought a lazy Sunday afternoon would be a good time to hop in the way back machine for a look at one of the Celebrity Duets finalists in their younger days. The person we're going to look on is Alfonso Ribeiro.

Before his role as Carlton Banks on the hit NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, even before his role as Ricky Schroeder's friend Silver Spoons, Alfonso was already a recognized personality. Since 1983 he had been starring in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. His talents at acting and dancing impressed media types so much that, in 1984, he was cast in a Pepsi commercial with members of the Jackson family, as well as The Gloved One himself, Michael Jackson.

In the video, which you'll see after the jump, Alfonso is decked out in full Jackson garb, circa the Thriller era. As he's showing off to his friends he runs into Michael and his siblings. Rather then getting angry, the Jacksons dance along with Alfonso in his friends, because that is what you did back in the 1980's. If you grew up in the during this time and don't remember this commercial, it will come back to you as soon as you watch the first five seconds.

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sensitive_man

MJ says "Hee hee!" - "Jam on naah!"

September 25 2006 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Preston

I still remember that commercial. I knew that Alfonso would make it in show business the moment he appeared with Michael Jackson and his brothers in that commercial. It's still a fun, upbeat ad. Alfonso's dancing is just as exciting to watch as Michael's!

September 24 2006 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgreene

that goes back to what i've always said, it takes alot of rhythm to do the carlton dance.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=muGRhH6NMPg

September 24 2006 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Are you kidding me? It came back to me as soon as I saw the *photo*. That was a great commercial. Back before MJ got all scary.

September 24 2006 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
QUEEN D

I like mj for who he was at first, but he is ok now long as he is happy with his life.

September 24 2006 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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