Let’s take a moment of silence as we mourn the loss of Uncle Phil.

James Avery best known as the actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as Philip Banks aka Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has died at aged 68.

His publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that the actor died on Tuesday in Glendale, California, due to complications from an open heart surgery.


The late actor who stood at over 6 feet tall, played the role as the head of the family and a wealthy attorney and judge on popular TV comedy series that launched Will Smith’s acting career as Philip Banks’ troublemaking nephew.

According to Cynthia, James will be seen in the film Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff which is scheduled to premiere later this month at the Sundance festival.

James who grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, served in the Navy in Vietnam in the late 1960s. He settled in California and studied drama and literature at the University of California at San Diego upon returning to the states.

Other celebrities have remembered James on Facebook and Twitter.




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