Karyn Parsons (born October 8, 1966) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. Parsons also starred in the 1995 film Major Payne opposite Damon Wayans.
|Education||Santa Monica High School|
(m. 1987; div. 1990)
Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California. In an interview for Essence in 2008, she described her parentage as biracial. Her mother, Louise Parsons, is an African American from Charleston, South Carolina and her father, Kenneth B. Parsons, is of Welsh descent and from Butte, Montana. She attended Santa Monica High School.
Parsons starred as Hilary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced, co-wrote, and co-starred on the Fox sitcom Lush Life in 1996, which was later canceled after four episodes. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary. Besides television, Parsons has starred in several films, particularly in comedies such as Late Nights (1992), Major Payne (1995), and The Ladies Man (2000). Parsons is the creator of Sweet Blackberry, a line of animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.
In 2019, Parsons published her first middle-grade novel, How High the Moon, which was loosely inspired by stories of her mother's childhood in the Jim Crow South.
Parsons married The Young and the Restless actor Randy Brooks in 1987; they divorced in 1990. Parsons married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003. Together they have a daughter, Lana (born June 8, 2003), and a son, Nico (born April 11, 2007).
|1989||Death Spa||Brooke||Her film debut|
|1995||Major Payne||Emily Walburn|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Julie Simmons|
|2017||On Monday of Last Week||Tracy||Short film|
|1987||The Bronx Zoo||Amelia||Episodes: "Changes" and "The Power of a Lie"|
|1988||Hunter||Elizabeth Childs||Episode: "Renegade"|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Lynette||Episode: "Roughhouse"|
|1990–96||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Hilary Banks||Main role|
|1992||Blossom||Hilary Banks||Episode: "Wake Up Little Suzy"|
|1992||Out All Night||Hilary Banks||Episode: "The Great Pretender"|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Annie||Episode: "Several Unusual Love Stories"|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Lady-in-waiting||Episode: "February 4, 1996"|
|1996||Lush Life||Margot Hines||Lead role|
|1999||Melrose Place||Jackie Zambrano||Episodes: "How Amanda Got Her Groove" and "Unpleasantville"|
|1999||Linc's||Elaine||Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"|
|2001–02||The Job||Toni||Main role|
|2002||Static Shock||Tracy||Voice; Episode: "Static Shaq"|
|2019||Fly||Denise Wyatt||In production|
- "Karyn Parsons Profile". NNDB.com. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
- "Karyn Parsons Biography - Yahoo! Movies".
- Maltais, Michelle (December 22, 2005). "Delivered from slavery". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Media. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- Rogo, Paula (August 18, 2018). "You'll Want To Add 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Star Karyn Parsons' Debut Novel To Your Bookshelf". Essence. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
- Spencer, Ashley. "What Happened to 'Fresh Prince' Star Karyn Parsons?". Vice. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- Hunt, Stephen (February 3, 2008). "Fresh Prince's Hilary Produces a Little Black History". Calgary Herald. Postmedia Network. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- "New TV series "Fly" will tell the stories of the first all Black female flight crew". Our Weekly. February 16, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.