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Old 01-01-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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RIP: Uncle Phil (James Avery)

James Avery, star of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' dies at 65

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(CNN) -- Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 65.

His "Fresh Prince" co-star Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted news of Avery's passing.

"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away," Riberio tweeted. "He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.

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."

According to IMDb, after he served in the military, Avery moved to San Diego, California, where he began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS.

"I knew I loved the arts," Avery said in an interview for the show "Unscripted." "I knew I wanted to be a writer, but the theater was something I had been involved in before."

Avery appeared in multiple TV shows and movies including as the voice of Shredder in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." But his most famous role was as Phillip Banks, the stern but loving uncle to Will Smith's character on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
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this is such sad news to hear at the beginning of a new year

I think this is the best scene with will smith and james avery.
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Dam just saw the fresh prince series finale last week too.

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As a young kid, I used to think that he was the same guy as the father/cop character on Family Matters (Urkel).
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Dead at 65? These news reports need to change that, some say dead at age 68
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He was 68, died after heart surgery



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Damn, thats so sad...RIP James Avery
He was a great actor, seemed like a good guy and all.

I recall watching some of his interviews (off air of fresh prince) and he worked real hard to build up his career before fresh prince. And thats when I discovered his voiceover for TMNT Shredder. Blew my mind, the old cartoons were classic.

He will be truly missed!!
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man, him and fresh prince were one of my strongest childhood tv memories. Makes me feel old. Thanks for the memories, RIP
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Just seems so weird watching this again, now picturing James Avery doing the voice acting.
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He crashes the set of Family Matters after Richie's friend says Carl looks like Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince.


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