Wednesday, January 1, 2014

[NEWS]: James Avery Dead, Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Uncle Phil Was 65

Nobody laid down the law like Uncle Phil when Will got out of hand.

James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith's no-nonsense rich uncle on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. He was 65.

"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away," Alfonso Ribeiro, who played preppy son Carlton on the 1990s-era hit, tweeted this morning. "He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

The news, which reports that Avery died last night at a Los Angeles hospital and had recently undergone surgery for an undisclosed condition.

Avery amassed dozens of TV and film roles over the years, including appearances on The Closer, That '70s Show and Grey's Anatomy, the imposing actor's most memorably role will always be that of lawyer (and ultimately Judge) Philip Banks, married father of three who does his sister-in-law a favor by letting her son Will come and stay with them in Bel-Air to escape trouble in urban Philadelphia.

A classically trained actor and poet, Avery grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was raised by a single mother. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and first appeared onscreen as a dancer in an uncredited role in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers."

My condolences to the immediate family and 2nd tv family. R.I.P Uncle Phil!

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