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A Different World Cast List

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A Different World cast list, including photos of the actors when available. This list includes all of the A Different World main actors and actresses, so if they are an integral part of the show you'll find them below. You can various bits of trivia about these A Different World stars, such as where the actor was born and what their year of birth is. This cast list of actors from A Different World focuses primarily on the main characters, but there may be a few actors who played smaller roles on A Different World that are on here as well.

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    Ajai Sanders

    A Different World
    Ajai Sanders (born Angela Marie Wilson; April 24, 1967) is an American actress and stand-up comedian, best known for her supporting role as Gina Deveaux in the sitcom A Different World from 1991...  more
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    Cree Summer

    Rugrats, Tiny Toon Adventures
    Cree Summer Francks (born July 7, 1969) is an American-Canadian actress, voice actress, comedian and singer. She is known for playing Winifred "Freddie" Brooks on the NBC sitcom A Different World. In...  more
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    Aries Spears

    The Proud Family, Mad TV
    Aries Spears (born April 3, 1975) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer from New York City. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, making...  more
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    Darryl M. Bell

    A Different World, Homeboys in Outer Space
    Darryl M. Bell (sometimes credited as Daryl Bell; born May 10, 1963) is an American actor best known for his role as Big Brother X-Ray Vision in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze and as Ron Johnson...  more
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    Blair Underwood

    Sex and the City, L.A. Law
    Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has...  more
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    Dawnn Lewis

    A Different World, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
    Dawnn J. Lewis (born August 13, 1961) is an American actress, singer, voice actress and songwriter. Lewis is best known for her role as Jaleesa Vinson–Taylor on the NBC television sitcom A Different...  more
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    Glynn Turman

    The Wire, A Different World
    Glynn Russell Turman (born January 31, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor as well as a writer, director, and producer. Turman is known for his roles as Lew Miles on the prime-time...  more
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    Jasmine Guy

    Dead Like Me, A Different World
    Jasmine Guy (born March 10, 1962) is an American actress, director, singer and dancer. Guy is known for her role as Dina in the 1988 film School Daze and as Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the NBC The Cosby...  more
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    Bumper Robinson

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
    Larry C. "Bumper" Robinson II (born June 19, 1974) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for his roles as Bumblebee and Blitzwing in Transformers: Animated, Falcon in Avengers Assemble...  more
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    Kadeem Hardison

    A Different World, Cult
    Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role Dwayne Wayne on A Different World, a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. He...  more
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    Karen Malina White

    A Different World, The Proud Family
    Karen Malina White (born July 7, 1965) is an American film and television actress. White is best known for her roles as Kaneesha Carter, in the 1989 drama film Lean on Me, as Charmaine Brown during...  more
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    Lisa Bonet

    The Cosby Show, A Different World
    Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet, November 16, 1967) is an American actress. Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from...  more
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    Loretta Devine

    Grey's Anatomy, A Different World
    Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele Webber...  more
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    Lou Myers

    A Different World
    Lou Myers (born on September 26, 1935 – died February 19, 2013) was an American actor. Myers was born in Cabin Creek, West Virginia, the son of Dorothy Jeffries (née Brown).He was typically typecast...  more
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    Marisa Tomei

    A Different World, Game Over
    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award, two Golden...  more
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    Mary Alice

    A Different World, The Women of Brewster Place
    Mary Alice Smith (born December 3, 1941), known professionally as Mary Alice, is an African American film, television, and stage actress. Alice has appeared in over fifty television shows and films...  more
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    Gary Dourdan

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Swift Justice
    Gary Dourdan (born Gary Robert Durdin: December 11, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for portraying Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and for portraying...  more
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    A Different World, The Redd Foxx Show
    David Adkins (born November 10, 1956), better known by his stage name Sinbad (), is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials,...  more
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    Ted Ross

    A Different World, Sirota's Court
    Theodore Ross Roberts (June 30, 1934 – September 3, 2002), known as Ted Ross, was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz, an all-African American...  more
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    Jada Pinkett Smith

    Gotham, Hawthorne
    Jada Pinkett Smith (born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and businesswoman. She began her acting career in 1990, with a guest appearance on the...  more
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    Vernee Watson-Johnson

    A Different World, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
    Vernee Watson-Johnson (born Vernee Christell Watson; September 28, 1949) is an American actress, author, voice artist, and acting coach. Watson-Johnson is best known for her recurring roles as...  more
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    Charnele Brown

    A Different World
    Charnele Ann Brown (née Dozier; born October 30, 1960) is an American actress, producer, fashion designer and singer. Brown is perhaps best known for her role as Kimberly Reese on NBC comedy sitcom A...  more
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    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    The Cosby Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
    Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable at just the age of 5 to 13, on...  more
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    The Cosby Show, That's So Raven
    Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (; born December 10, 1985), also known as Raven, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She began her career as a child actress, appearing as Olivia Kendall on...  more
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    Roseanne Barr

    Roseanne, Roseanne's Nuts
    Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and television producer. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy before gaining acclaim in the television...  more