The Late Actor James Avery
The Late Actor James Avery

James Avery, who starred in classic comedy Fresh Prince of Bel Air as Uncle Phil has passed away. He was aged 65. The Sad News was broken by fellow actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who in Fresh prince played the role of Carlton Banks, Uncle Phil’s son.

Writing on his Facebook page, Alfonso said: “The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. “Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”

Avery passed away after recently undergoing an operation for an undisclosed illness, celebrity news website TMZ is reporting.

The actor had a number of roles in quite a number of films and TV shows, including Greys Anatomy, The Closer and Star Trek: Enterprise, and a voice role in 1996 movie Happy Gilmore.

Fresh Prince Cast
Fresh Prince Cast

He is best known for his portrayal of Philip Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which he appeared in 141 episodes alongside on-screen nephew Will Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara.



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