Monday, August 3, 2015

'Fresh Prince' star James Avery dies at 68

Actor James Avery, best known for his role as the strict and lovable character Uncle Phil in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" passed away Tuesday as the result of complications from open heart surgery. He was 68.

'Fresh Prince' star James Avery dies at 68

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LOS ANGELES - JULY 7:  Actor James Avery attends the world premiere of "I, Robot" at the Mann Village Theatre July 7, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 7: Actor James Avery attends the world premiere of "I, Robot" at the Mann Village Theatre July 7, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images) Getty Images

Actor James Avery, best known for his role as the strict and lovable character Uncle Phil in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, passed away Tuesday. He was 68.

Avery was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He served in the Navy during Vietnam before relocating to San Diego to pursue a career in poetry and screen writing.

He hit the big time when he landed a starring role as Phillip Banks, uncle to Will Smith’s character on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air.”

This is the second ‘Fresh Prince’ alum death in one month. Producer Jeff Pollack passed away while jogging in Hermosa Beach on December 26th, 2013.

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