Ron from "A Different World," Now 60, Has Been Dating Vanessa From "Cosby" For 30 Years

Darryl M. Bell

Darryl M. Bell is an African American actor who is best known for his role as Ron Johnson Jr. in the hit sitcom A Different World. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and started his acting career in the early 1980s. His breakout role came in 1987 when he landed the role on the show that was a spin-off of The Cosby Show.

Bell played the role of Ron Johnson Jr., who was a student at Hillman College, a fictional historically black college in Virginia. He was one of the main characters and was part of the show's core ensemble cast. His character was depicted as a math whiz with a cool and laid-back demeanor, and the best friend of Dwayne Wayne played by actor Kadeem Hardison.

Throughout the series, Ron's character went through various personal and academic challenges, but he was also known for his witty and humorous nature. He was involved in a romantic relationship with Freddie Brooks, played by actress Cree Summer, which was a central storyline in the early seasons of the show.

After A Different World ended, Bell continued to act in both television and film. He had guest roles in popular shows such as Living Single, Girlfriends, and The Bernie Mac Show. He also appeared in movies such as School Daze, Home Fries, and Showtime. In 2001, he starred in the independent film For Love of Olivia, which won several awards at film festivals.

In addition to his acting work, Bell has also been involved in behind-the-scenes work in the entertainment industry. He has written and produced several television shows, including Homeboys in Outer Space and The Orlando Jones Show. He has also directed episodes of television shows such as Living Single, and The Parkers.

He has reportedly been dating actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who played Vanessa Huxtable on Cosby, since 1993.