If you’ve been on the show for more than two and a half decades, remember or have seen the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (which aired on the station from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996) and are familiar with one or two characters in the series, especially Nicky Bank (Will’s little cousin and the youngest child of Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv – played by Ross Bagley).
The sitcom, which centers on a street-savvy teenager (played by Will Smith) from West Philadelphia, who is sent to his aunt and uncle (Philip and Vivian Banks) in Bel Air, Los Angeles, after a fight on a local basketball court. His stay at the mansion is not pleasant and peaceful as he gets into trouble with one relative after another.
Little Nicky (Ross Bagley) was born on February 22, 1993, towards the end of the third season and was introduced to the public as a preschooler in the fifth season. Nicky was a very interesting character who brought comedic relief and motivation to other characters and was an emotional blow to the plot of the series.
After the last episode of the series, which aired on May 20, 1996, we haven’t heard much more about Nicky (Ross Bagley), what did he do? Where is he now? The following questions and more were answered below…Read on
Although not so much about his background and personal information is available online, here is a handful of information about his early days that will interest you. Nicky was born on December 5, 1988, in Los Angeles, California, as Ross Elliot Bagley.
After graduating high school in 2005, he went to California State University Northridge, where he earned a degree in film and television arts. He began acting at a very early age. In 994, he starred in the film adaptation of The Little Rascals as the beloved and cheeky Buckwheat who sang “I got a dollar, I got a dollar, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey”.
Before he took on the role of Nicky in the 1996 NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he starred as the puppy’s spokesman in Babe.
What Happened To Ross Bagley Of Fresh Prince: Where is He Now?
After “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” expired in 1996, Bagley appeared in many other films and movies. He played the lead role in the blockbuster hit Independence Day alongside Will Smith in 1996. He was cast as Smith’s stepson, Dylan Dubrow Hiller. Unfortunately, Bagley was not given the honor of appearing in the sequel to Independence Day episode Independence Day: “Resurrection”, which took place twenty years later. He was replaced by Jessie Usher.
After this time he disappeared from the limelight for almost a decade, only to reappear in 1999 in the NBC series Providence, which also starred Melina Kanakaredes. He played the voice of a monkey named Hutu in The Wild Thornberrys. After playing in The Wild Thornberrys, he disappeared again until 2005 when he starred in an episode of Judging Amy. Ten years later, Ross reappeared in the badly-received horror movie Gnome Alone.
He hasn’t been able to get another role since, but the former child actor hasn’t given up on his dream yet, as he is still hanging around the industry, hoping to join another comedy company very soon.
Ross Bagley hopes one day to share the same set with the likes of Kevin Hart, Denzel Washington, and Zach Galifianakis, as he did during his time as a child actor with Vivica A. Fox, Sally Field, and Will Smith.
When Bagley was asked in an interview about his role and early fame in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he said it was a great blessing to have been part of the show. In his opinion, the sitcom was and is one of his favorite shows as a child, long before he starred in it. “I still remember it coming on Monday nights and me and my babysitter watching it when I was a little boy, so it was surreal to be on it, to say the least,” he said.
Although he is not currently in the business, his active time has earned him several nominations and the Young Artist Awards. The awards include:
- Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Feature Film (The Little Rascals)
- Best performance by an actor under the age of ten in a television series for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,
- Best performance by an actor under ten years of age (television) for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,
- Best performance in a feature film (Independence Day)