90s TV 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World
Ajai Sanders is an American actress and stand-up comedian. She is best known for her supporting role as Gina Deveaux in The Cosby Show comedy spin-off A Different World. Sanders is sometimes ...more
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Cree Summer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Different World Cast List
Rugrats, Tiny Toon Adventures, Inspector Gadget
Cree Summer Francks, best known as Cree Summer, is an American Canadian actress, voice actress, and singer. She is best known for her role as college student Winifred "Freddie" Brooks ...more
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Aries Spears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Different World Cast List
The Proud Family, Mad TV, C Bear and Jamal
Aries Spears is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, making him the second ...more
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Darryl M. Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, Homeboys in Outer Space, Friday Night Videos
Darryl M. Bell 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, Jr. on the NBC sitcom A Different World. ...more
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Blair Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Different World Cast List
Sex and the City, L.A. Law, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Blair Erwin Underwood is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has ...more
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Dawnn Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The 10th Kingdom
Dawnn Lewis is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Cheryl in the 1988 movie I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor on the NBC television sitcom A Different World, and ...more
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Glynn Turman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Different World Cast List
The Wire, A Different World, House of Lies
Glynn Russell Turman is an American stage, television, and film actor as well as a writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as high school student Leroy "Preach" ...more
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Jasmine Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list A Different World Cast List
Dead Like Me, A Different World, Alex Haley's Queen
Jasmine Guy is an American actress, director, singer and dancer. She is best known for her starring role as the southern belle Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the NBC television sitcom A Different ...more
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Bumper Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Different World Cast List
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Rocket Power
Bumper Robinson is an African-American actor and voice artist. Robinson got his nickname because he repeatedly bumped into things while running through his home as a young child.
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Kadeem Hardison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, Cult, Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
Kadeem Hardison is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Dwayne Wayne on A Different World, a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.
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Karen Malina White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, The Proud Family, Malcolm & Eddie
Karen Malina White is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as Kaneesha Carter, the high school student in the 1989 film, Lean on Me, as Charmaine Brown during ...more
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Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list A Different World Cast List
The Cosby Show, A Different World, Life on Mars
Lisa Michelle Bonet is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable Kendall on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and originally starring in its spinoff A Different World.
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Loretta Devine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list A Different World Cast List
Grey's Anatomy, A Different World, Eli Stone
Loretta Devine 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 on the Shonda ...more
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Lou Myers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World
Lou Leabengula Myers was an American actor. Myers was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first ...more
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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, Game Over, Leg Work
Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more
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Mary Alice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, The Women of Brewster Place, I'll Fly Away
Mary Alice is an American actress.
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Gary Dourdan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Different World Cast List
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Swift Justice, The Office (1995)
Gary Dourdan is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
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Sinbad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, The Redd Foxx Show, The Sinbad Show
David Adkins —known by his stage name Sinbad—is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several ...more
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Ted Ross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, Sirota's Court, MacGruder and Loud
Theodore "Ted" Ross Roberts was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz, an all-African American reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. He won ...more
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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A Different World Cast List
Gotham, Hawthorne, If These Walls Could Talk
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. She began her career in 1990, when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors. She ...more
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Vernee Watson-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Vernee Watson-Johnson is an American actress, author, and acting coach. She is best known for her recurring roles as Vernajean Williams on Welcome Back, Kotter and as Viola "Vy" Smith ...more
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Charnele Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A Different World Cast List
A Different World
Charnele Ann Brown is an American actress, producer, and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as college student Kimberly Reese on the NBC sitcom A Different World. A 1984 graduate of ...more
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Keshia Knight Pulliam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A Different World Cast List
The Cosby Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway
Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as ...more
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Raven-Symoné is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list A Different World Cast List
The Cosby Show, That's So Raven, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman is an American actress, comedian, model, singer, songwriter, dancer, and television producer. She first appeared on television in 1989 on The Cosby Show as ...more
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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A Different World Cast List
Roseanne, Roseanne's Nuts, Downwardly Mobile
Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her ...more