A Different World

Kadeem Hardison

Kadeem Hardison was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City. He is best known for his roles in A Different World, White Men Can't Jump and Made of Honor. Kadeem has worked steadily both in front of and behind the camera since he began his career on an “After School Special” in 1981.

Kadeem is a father of a 17-year-old daughter and was previously married to the singer Chante Moore.
Dwayne Wayne

Jasmine Guy

Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy was born in Boston, Mass. on March 10, 1962 and has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and as “Velma Kelly” in Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of “Whitley Gilbert” on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place; NYPD Blue; Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single.
Whitley Gilbert

Darryl M. Bell

Darryl M. Bell was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 10, 1963. It wasn't long after graduating from Syracuse University that he was cast as smooth-talking schemer Ron Johnson on A Different World. Bell had a supporting role in Spike Lee's School Daze alongside Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison. Bell has also appeared in Living Single, Cosby, For Your Love and co-starred in Homeboys in Outer Space.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 and has been awarded the Chancellor's Citation from Syracuse for being a prominent alumnus.
Ron Johnson

Dawnn Lewis

Dawnn Lewis was born August 13, 1961. She is remembered mostly from her role as “Jalessa Vinson” on A Different World. Along with Bill Cosby and Stu Gardner, Dawnn composed the show’s theme song. She left the show in 1992 to join the cast of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper as “Robin Dumars.” She has continued her career in acting, doing mostly voice-overs, which included characters on Spider-Man, Bruno the Kid, and C-Bear and Jamal.

In 1998, she co-wrote the movie Black Jaq. She had a role in the hit movie, Dreamgirls and more recently, she continues to make guest appearances on various shows.
Jaleesa Vinson

Cree Summer

Rochelle Williams-Ivanov
Cree Summer was born on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. She is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist, known for Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toon Adventures and A Different World.

She is married and has two daughters. However, she was in a long-term relationship with actor Kadeem Hardison during the run of A Different World.
Freddie Brooks

Charnele Brown

Charnele Brown was born on October 30, 1960 in East Hampton, NY. She is perhaps best known for her role as college student “Kimberly Reese” on the hit sitcom A Different World.

Brown attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she studied theater. She made her Broadway debut in 1988 as the first American member of the South African musical Sarafina! Brown’s other stage performances include the roles of “Polly” and “Delores” in The Trials and Tribulations of Stagger Lee Brown, “Ruby” in The Lord's Will, “Marty” in Sisters, and “Mable” in My Diary.
Kimberly Reese

Marisa Tomei

Rochelle Williams-Ivanov
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. She was one year into her college education at Boston University when she dropped out for a co-starring role on the CBS daytime drama, As the World Turns. Her role on that show paved the way for her entrance into film: in 1984, she made her film debut with a bit part in The Flamingo Kid. Three years later, Marisa became known for her role as "Maggie Lauten," Lisa Bonet's college roommate, on the sitcom A Different World.

Tomei’s real breakthrough came in 1992, when she co-starred as Joe Pesci's hilariously foul-mouthed, scene-stealing girlfriend in My Cousin Vinny, a performance that won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Maggie Lauten

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet was born on November 16, 1967 in San Francisco, California, to a teacher an opera singer. She lived most of her life in New York and Los Angeles, where she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actor's Studio. She began acting in commercials at the age of 11 and at 16; she landed the role of “Denise Huxtable” in the hit comedy series The Cosby Show. The show made her a sitcom star.

Lisa married fellow actor Jason Momoa in 2007 and they have two children together.
Denise Huxtable