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'A Different World' - Actors and Characters
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'A Different World' - Actors and Characters
Colonel Taylor. Colonel Bradford Taylor as also known as Dr. War and Dr. Dare.
Patti LaBelle. Patti Labelle later had her own show she co-starred in with Morris Chestnut. Their show 'Out All Night' premiered in 1992.
Ron Johnson. Dwayne and Ron have been main characters on the show since the first season and lasted the life of the series.
Math. Dwayne prides himself on his knowledge of math.
Kadeem Hardison. Kadeem Hardison also had a guest role in 'The Cosby Show' as Theo's friend.
One . Maggie Lauten was a journalism student portrayed by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Denise Huxtable was portrayed by Lisa Bonet. She spent several years on "The Cosby Show". Both Bonet and Tomei left after one season.
Spencer Boyer. Spencer was introduced in the final season. He repeatedly asked Kim to marry him and she repeatedly turned him down. In the final episode she finally agreed to marry him.
Mr. Gaines. Mr. Gaines was introduced in season 2, but joined the cast in season 3. Velma Gaines was his wife and Lena James was employed at The Pit.
Kadeem Hardison. Kadeem Hardison has also had roles in "Touched By an Angel" and "White Man Can't Jump".
Marion. Whitley Marion Gilbert was played by Jasmine Guy. In the final season she became Whitley Marion Gilbert-Wayne after marrying Dwayne Wayne.
Reverend Soams. When I saw it the first time, and every single time afterward, this scene's power does not escape me. Dwayne tries to be strong, but in the end he pleads with Whitley to marry him instead. After months apart, and his previous cold feet, in the end he cannot let her go without a fight. She, of course, turns to him immediately and finally runs down the isle to him, apologizing to Byron.
Michael Warren plays Whitley and Marion Gilbert's life long Reverend. Michael has guest starred, written and produced many TV shows over the years.
Lisa. Debbi Morgan played a fellow engineer named Lisa Westin. Dwayne meets her at a faculty party, where he spills wine on Whitley's expensive blouse and smashes barbecue ribs into Lisa's sweater. Whitley, already high strung over the engagement party, overreacts and is awful to Dwayne. Lisa, a more mature and less harried woman, does not get upset. This immediately sparks Dwayne's interest, as he is Whitley weary and in need of some positive female attention.
Liza is the look alike cousin of Whitley's, also played by Jasmine Guy in season 5.
|When Dwayne takes Whitley and Ron home with him for Christmas of 1990, what happens to her while alone waiting for the subway?||True Love - Whitley And Dwayne
Santa Claus tries to mug her. She did buy Adele an expensive present, only to find out she doesn't like that particular type of collectible. So, Whitley is panicked and runs out to quickly purchase something better. Adele is none too pleased with her disappearance, but later comforts Whitley after she is attacked by Santa Claus and has her new present broken.
|Obsessed with Whitley, in season three Dwayne begs Walter to let him join up on a road trip to recruit a promising athlete. What state are they in when Dwayne sees Whitley in the face of just about every woman he runs into?||True Love - Whitley And Dwayne
North Carolina. Walter is after Alvin Dix, played by Christopher Carter Hooks, but he is also pursued by Cap Conners, Walter's college mentor. Chris Hooks also played Vanessa's boyfriend Jeremy in an episode of "The Cosby Show" during the same time frame. Jeremy was the boy that had Vanessa staying out late and talking back to her parents. Cliff and Claire straightened Jeremy out with a quickness!
Megan Lewis. Megan was played by an actress named Torri Whitehead. I never did spot her in any other TV roles or movies in the years immediately following this episode.
|Although Whitley falls in-love with Julian in season three, the sexual tension between her and Dwayne remains. This causes problems with their friendship and Dwayne decides to wipe the slate clean with one last "friendly little kiss between friends". Where does he kiss her?||True Love - Whitley And Dwayne
Head. In "That's the Trouble With You All" Whitley arranges a blind date for Dwayne, except for he does know what the girl looks like already. He and his date run into Julian and Whitley, and Whitley attempts to ruin the date because she is jealous of his obvious interest in the set up. When it comes time to kiss the slate clean, she is eager to kiss him right on the lips, but he doesn't allow it to happen that way.
|There was a tease, or foreshadow, of things to come for this duo early on in the series when Whitley dreams of of Dwayne as her lover. In the episode Dwayne also receives gifts from which secret admirer?||True Love - Whitley And Dwayne
Freddie. Freddie arrives at Hillman and falls into instant "crush" with Dwayne. He never sees her as anything more than a friend, despite her brownies and poetry.
In this episode, "Dream Lover", Whitley and Dwayne share a dance and he attempts to touch a part of her that is off limits. This is one of the earliest signs he is romantically interested in her, and later her subconscious shows the same early signs. She goes to Lettie for advice, because she is inexperienced and is not sure what the dream actually means.
Los Angeles. Dwayne and Whitley were on their honeymoon in Los Angeles during the riots that occurred after the police officers that beat Rodney King were acquitted. Because their rental car was stolen, Dwayne couldn't pick Whitley up from the mall and she was stranded for a while.
Kinishewa/E H Wright. Dwayne was an Engineering major, and Whitley was an Art History major. They both ended up getting full time positions with these companies.
Kim. Dwayne's mother always made it a point to tell Dwayne, "Kimberly Reese, Kimberly Reese! That's the girl I want for you. She got pretty white teeth just like your mama!"
Ron. When Dwayne started dating Kinu, Whitley went out with Ron, Dwayne's best friend. She hoped it would make him jealous enough to dump Kinu, and be with her.
Her feet. When they were quizzing each other for the "Academic Bowl," Dwayne told Whitley that he always thought she was beautiful, until she took her shoes off. He said she had feet like "Bubbles the Chimp." That may be because Jasmine Guy (Whitley) has been a dancer for years, and it can be pretty hard on the feet.
Pookie. Whitley to Dwayne: "I'm never letting you go, not my Pookie."
|Over the years Dwayne and Whitley just couldn't seem to get together and stay together. Who was NOT one of their obstacles?||The Princess And The Pauper
Suzanne. Suzanne, also Col. Taylor's daughter, dated Dwayne BEFORE he and Whitley really started to like each other.
She thought he lied about being in her room past curfew. Dwayne was tutoring Denise in the study lounge of the girls dorm. When they realized they'd lost track of time, it was already past curfew. The only way to sneak out was through Whitley's room. Whitley was asleep, so she didn't see him. Dwayne let people think more was going on in that room than "sneaking out."
Cleofus/Marion. In the the episode when Dwayne and the gang are on vacation, Dwayne's middle name is read from the rental car contract. Woodson is Dwayne's father's name. In the "Whitley Scrooge" episode, her mother, Marion, played one of the visiting spirits. She called Whitley by her full name. "Whitley Marion Gilbert."