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School Daze
A Different World

Darryl M. Bell is an actor and producer with a long line of credits. Darryl started out following in his father’s footsteps (Travers Bell, Jr., founder of the first Black Member firm on the New York Stock Exchange) in the world of business.


After a chance encounter with producer/director, Spike Lee, Bell applied his business strategy into getting an audition and landing a major role in Lee’s next movie, School Daze. Darryl changed course and began a career in the world of acting and producing.

Following his breakthrough role in Lee’s School Daze, Bell then gained further notoriety as Ron Johnson in the award-winning show, A Different World. Over six seasons, Bell and his fellow castmates depicted life as college students at a fictitious historically black college, applying comedy as a means to educate audiences on society’s controversial current events. From discrimination to AIDS, apartheid, and war, A Different World made an impact on television that broke boundaries and pushed the envelope – setting a new standard for television as we know it.


Bell most recently can be seen in a recurring role on the award-winning HBO series Insecure.

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