Darryl M. Bell (sometimes credited as Daryl Bell; born May 10, 1963) played the role of Ron Johnson on A Different World in Seasons 1-6. Darryl is also well known for his role as Big Brother X-Ray Vision in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze. Darryl also starred on the short-lived UPN network sitcom Homeboys in Outer Space as Morris Clay.


Bell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He pledged into the fraternity through Delta Zeta Chapter in Spring 1982. Bell attended Syracuse University. He is in a 20-year-long committed relationship with actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who co-starred in ADW's parent series, The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox reality TV series Househusbands of Hollywood, that debuted in August 2009.[1]

Darryl graduated from the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey in May 1981, where he was one of four African American students, accounting for 1% of the school's enrollment.[2]

Darryl's father, Travers J. Bell Jr., was the founder of the first black firm on the New York Stock Exchange.[3]


  1. The Obenson Report, 12/21/2008 (accessed 2/16/2009)
  2. Weaver, Maurice. "Darryl Bell Gets Caught Up In A World Of Success", Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1989. Accessed June 29, 2012. "Bell`s own education at Del Barton (sic), an all-boys Catholic preparatory boarding school in New Jersey run by Benedictine monks, was nothing like the atmosphere at A Different World`s fictional Hillman College, a historically black institution. 'As I look back, there were some very hard times for me being one out of four black students, out of 400 students at Del Barton,' says Bell, a talkative student but never the class clown."

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