Joe Banks
Full Name Joseph Banks
AKA Grandpa
From Yamacraw, NC
Occupation Farmer
Family Philip Banks
Hilary Banks
Carlton Banks
Ashley Banks
Nicky Banks
Vivian Banks
Will Smith
(surrogate grandson)
Romances Hattie Banks
Actor Gilbert Lewis
Only seen "Not with My Pig, You Don't"
Joe Banks is a guest character in Season 1 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. He is portrayed by Gilbert Lewis.

Character Edit

Joe Banks is the father of Philip Banks. He and Hattie visit their son in 1990, when Philip wins a prestigious award, to congratulate him and spend time with their family. Not long after their visit, Joe dies in 1991 and his death leaves his son and wife feeling lost.

Trivia Edit

  • When meeting Will Smith (his daughter-in-law's nephew) he refers to Joe as "Grandpa" even though he is not Will's biological grandfather
  • Sadly, he would not have known his youngest grandson, Nicky as he was born several years after Joe's death