-Ross Bagley is an American comedian and former actor.
-He was born in Wisconsin Dells in 1988, and raised in Los Angeles.
-His debut film role was playing Buckwheat in The Little Rascals.
-He is best known for his role as Nicky Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
-Most recently he has been working as a stand-up comedian, realtor, and DJ.
Who is Ross Bagley?
American comedian and former actor Ross Bagley was born in Wisconsin Dells, USA (some sources state in Los Angeles, California) on 5 December 1988, making his zodiac sign Sagittarius. He appeared in only 13 movies and TV series prior to retiring from acting in 2015, and is probably still best known for his debut film appearance playing Buckwheat in the hit 1994 romantic family comedy movie “The Little Rascals”. It was directed by Penelope Spheeris, starred Travis Tedford, Bug Hall and Brittany Ashton Holmes, and follows Alfalfa and Darla as they’re flirting with each other, while Alfalfa’s friends are trying to sabotage their relationship; the film won two awards.
Education and early life
Ross was raised alongside his younger sisters Danielle and Tiffany in Los Angeles, as the family moved there after he launched his acting career; his mother Mary Bagley was a housewife, while his father’s name and profession haven’t been disclosed.
Having noticed his passion for acting, as Ross often impersonated the characters which he saw in movies and TV series, his parents took him to several auditions, which led to his role in “The Little Rascals”. In the same year (1994), he was cast to play the lead character in the comedy “Cherry Street, South of Main”, which follows the lives of a son (Ross) and his mother (Salma Hayek).
Ross then continued acting throughout his education, and upon matriculating from a local high school in 2007, he attended the University of California, Northridge, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in cinema & television arts in 2011.
Roles in movies
In 1995, Ross voiced Puppy in the critically acclaimed family comedy drama “Babe”, directed by Chris Noonan, and which starred James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski and Christine Cavanaugh. It follows farmer Hoggett who’s taught his pig to herd sheep, and the movie won 21 of its 47 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Effects, Visual Effects.
In 1996, Ross played Sean in the crime thriller drama “Eye for an Eye”, and the same year saw him portray Dylan in the evergreen action science fiction adventure “Independence Day”, which Roland Emmerich wrote and directed, and which starred Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Will Smith. It follows humans as they’re trying to fight off the invading aliens, and the movie won 36 of its 71 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Effects, Visual Effects.
Ross focused on appearing in TV series in the following two decades, so his next movie role only came in 2015, when cast to play Landon in the horror “Gnome Alone”.
He appeared in only one other movie prior to retiring from acting: Ross portrayed Kyle in the 2015 horror thriller “Dead Ringer”, directed by Johnny Kearns, and in which he starred alongside Timothy Woodward Jr. and Jacqui Holland. It follows a mentally unstable woman who’s become obsessed with an actor who resembles her former fiancé.
Roles in TV series
Ross’ debut TV series role was his playing of Nicky Banks in 48 episodes (1994-1996) of the critically acclaimed comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, which Susan Borowitz and Andy Borowitz created, and starred Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery and Will Smith. It follows a poor young adult who’s been sent to live with his wealthy cousins in Bel-Air; the series aired from 1990 to 1996, and won 14 of its 42 award nominations.
In 1996, Ross portrayed Donny in the episode “Modus Operandi” of the mystery crime drama “Profiler”, and the year 1999 saw him play Eldon in the episode “Tying the Not” of the romantic drama “Providence”; also in 1999, he voiced Hutu in the episode “Chimp Off the Old Block” of the animated adventure comedy “The Wild Thornberrys”.
Ross has appeared in only one other TV series: he played Micah Benton in the 2004 episode “Sins of the Father” of the drama “Judging Amy”. Barbara Hall and Bill D’Elia created the series, which starred Karle Warren, Tyne Daly and Amy Brenneman, and follows a girl, her mother and grandmother as they’re living together under the same roof; the series aired from 1999 to 2005, and won 14 of its 61 award nominations.
Happy 32nd Birthday to Ross Bagley! The actor who played Buckwheat in The Little Rascals (1994), Dylan in Independence Day, and Nicky Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. pic.twitter.com/ytRuO0tdfe
— Alec Behan (@alec_behan) December 5, 2020
Ross made a guest appearance in a 2013 episode “LA Live the Show’s First Year Annual Anniversary” of the talk-show “LA Live the Show”.
He was featured in the 2020 documentary TV special “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion”.
Awards and nominations
Ross has won three of his four Young Artist Award nominations. He and his colleagues won a 1995 award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture, for “The Little Rascals”, and in the same year, Ross won an award for Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten in a TV Series, and then a 1996 award for Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten – Television, both for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
Where is he today?
Ross has been staying away from media since his retirement from acting, but it’s believed that he’s continued working as a stand-up comedian.
It’s also believed that he’s today working as both a realtor and a DJ.
Girlfriend and son
Ross prefers not to share the details of his love life with the public, and although it’s widely known that he has a son, the name or profession of the boy’s mother haven’t been revealed, nor has Ross talked about whether the two were married, in a relationship, or just had a short fling.
His son Reece Bagley was born on 24 June 2014, and he can be seen featured in many of Ross’ Instagram pictures; it’s believed that Ross and Reece’s mother share custody over the boy, but Ross hasn’t addressed the matter.
There are many who believe that Ross is today dating an American woman, as several of his fans have claimed to have seen a man highly resembling Ross spending time with the woman on multiple occasions, but this remains unconfirmed.
Ross seems to be unattached as of October 2022, and has a son with a former girlfriend, or perhaps former wife.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Back in November 2012, Ross completed an internship at Will and Jada Smith’s company Overbrook Productions.
Ross is followed by nearly 20,000 people on Instagram, and he’s posted over 80 pictures and videos onto the social media network.
He loves watching sports with his friends in his spare time, and some of his favorites are National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL).
Ross is physically active, and besides working out at the gym multiple times a week, also practices boxing and goes jogging nearly every morning.
He’s a fan of fast cars, and his favorite brand is Maserati.
Ross’ pet dog can be seen in a couple of his Instagram pictures.
His favorite actors are Will Smith and Morgan Freeman, and some of his favorite movies include “Focus”, “Bad Boys for Life” and “Gemini Man”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Ross’ age is 33. His eyes are brown and he has short black hair; he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs) and is 5ft 10ins (1.79m) tall.
Ross’ net worth’s been estimated at over $400,000, as of October 2022.