Ross Bagley is an American former actor and comedian, best known for his portrayal of ‘Nicky Banks’ in the hugely popular sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ Born and raised in Wisconsin, US, Ross started acting at the age of 6, making his acting debut with a supporting role in the comedy film ‘The Little Rascals’ in 1994. The same year, he had his first big acting breakthrough when he bagged a role in the Will Smith-starrer sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.’ Playing ‘Nicky Banks,’ one of the leading roles in the sitcom, Ross became a household name in the US. The series attained cult status over the years and was also known for launching the career of Hollywood star Will Smith. Following this, Ross appeared in a few more films, such as ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Eye for an Eye’ in the 1990s. In 2004, he appeared in a single episode of the series ‘Judging Amy’ and then took a hiatus from acting to focus on his studies. He also did an internship at Will and Jada Smith’s film production company, ‘Overbrook Entertainment.’
Childhood & Early Life
Ross Bagley was born on December 5, 1988, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, into the middle-class family of Mary Bagley. Ever since he was a kid, Ross was interested in becoming an actor. He began auditioning quite early and eventually began his career in acting.
After 2004, Ross took a hiatus from acting and focused on his academics instead. He was also increasingly becoming interested in other areas of film production and wanted to work behind the camera.
In 2005, he got enrolled at ‘California State University’ and began studying cinema and television arts. Following his graduation, he did an internship in film production at Will Smith’s production house, ‘Overbrook Entertainment.’
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Ross Bagley started his acting career at the tender age of 6, when he auditioned for a role in the 1994 film ‘The Little Rascals.’ He bagged the role of ‘Buckwheat,’ a young pickle-loving boy. The role immensely loved by his audiences.
The film successfully launched Ross’s career. Ross won a ‘Young Artist Award,’ as part of the ensemble cast. Ross’s next acting project also turned out to be one of his breakthrough roles.
In 1994, he appeared as Will Smith’s little cousin in the sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ He appeared as ‘Nicky Banks’ in the last two seasons of the sitcom, which was already one of the most popular sitcoms on TV in the 1990s. Ross’s portrayal received critical acclaim, and he ended up winning two ‘Young Artist Awards,’ one each in 1995 and 1996, for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten.’
In 1995, Ross lent his voice to the character of a puppy in the comedy–drama film ‘Babe.’
In 1996, he appeared in the thriller ‘Eye for an Eye,’ which featured him in the role of ‘Sean Kosinsky.’ The same year, Ross got a role in another Will Smith-starrer. It was the blockbuster alien-invasion action film ‘Independence Day,’ which featured him as Will Smith’s stepson, ‘Dylan Dubrow.’ The film was a major critical and commercial success. It was also the biggest American film of the year.
Ross ended 1996 with the role of ‘Donny’ in a single episode of the series ‘Profiler.’ He then took a 3-year hiatus from acting and reappeared in 1999, with a cameo role in the series ‘Providence.’ The same year, he appeared in yet another small role, in a single episode of the series ‘The Wild Thornberrys.’ Ross then took another hiatus of 5 years.
In 2004, he made his acting comeback with a cameo in the series ‘Judging Amy.’ In 2015, he lent his voice to the character of ‘Landon’ in the animated film ‘Gnome Alone.’ Apart from this, he has not been active as an actor. He is now interested in other aspects of filmmaking instead.
He was offered a role in ‘Independence Day 2: Resurgence’ but declined it.
Family & Personal Life
Ross Bagley is close to his two younger sisters, Tiffany and Danielle. All three siblings currently live in Los Angeles.