Alphonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over Carlton dance

Actor Alphonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Alphonso who played Carlton Banks in 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' appeared on 'Dancing With The Stars' in the US

As Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro became known for his unique dance moves.

And it seems the actor, who played Will Smith's cousin in the 1990s US sitcom, wants it to stay that way.

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The 47-year-old is accusing the makers of computer games Fortnite and NBA 2K of ripping off the much loved Carlton dance he popularised in the show.
Ribeiro as Carlton Banks doing the 'Carlton' dance in 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

He alleges that Fortnite creator Epic Games and 2K creator Take-Two Interactive used the dance without his permission or credit, in separate lawsuits filed on Monday.

Legal papers lodged at the US District Court in central California say the companies unfairly profited from the star's "creative expression, likeness and celebrity".

Ribeiro is in the process of copyrighting the dance, according to the lawsuit, and is seeking damages from the companies.

Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world and allows players to perform the Carlton dance, while NBA 2K is a basketball game.

Neither Epic Games or Take-Two Interactive have responded to the lawsuit.

Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. was born on September 21, 1971 in New York City to Trinidadian parents, Michael and Joy Ribeiro, who are of African and Portuguese descent.

He began his career at the age of eight. He first gained recognition in 1983 when he played a leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.

He received positive reviews for his performance and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Awards. Ribeiro also appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial that featured Michael Jackson in 1984.

Apart from playing Carlton Banks in Fresh Prince from Bel-Air, Ribeiro has also starred as Alfonso Spears on sitcom Silver Spoons, and Maxwell Stanton in In the House.

He is the host of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, replacing host Tom Bergeron who left after 14 years.

In addition to acting to Ribeiro is also a comedian, director, singer, dancer, television personality and actor.