R.I.P. Uncle Phil…


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Fresh Prince of Bel Air star James Avery passed away in a Glendale, CA hospital on New Years eve. Avery suffered complications from open heart surgery he had in November, he was 68.

Avery, who stood more than 6 feet tall, played the family patriarch who was a wealthy attorney and judge on the popular TV comedy that launched the acting career of Will Smith as Banks’ troublemaking nephew.

Avery grew up in Atlantic City, N.J., and served in the Navy in Vietnam in the late 1960s. After returning to the states, he settled in California and studied drama and literature at the University of California at San Diego.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and stepson Kevin Waters.

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65 thoughts on “R.I.P. Uncle Phil…

  1. some media websites saying he was 65, I believe 68 was more like it.

    may he r.i.p.

    happy new year tracy

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  2. In my top 3 television dads, only after James Evans and Cliff Huxtable. Uncle Phil was a big reason for the success of that show. Along wit Carlton and Geoffrey. Was just watchin the episode when he hit dude in da mouth cuz his daughter was bullyin Ashley. Classic.

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  3. RIP brother. You were too young to go and you’re going to be missed, but you’re in a better place.

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  4. Rest in peace uncle Phil, you will be deeply missed every time I will watch you on tv. God bless you

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  5. RIP James Avery aka uncle phil. This truly saddens me 😥 for his loved ones. I heard his wife.was by his side the whole time and left to grab some food and when she returned he had passed. :crying:

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  6. RIP Uncle Phil. I still remember the episode when Will was crying to him about his father not wanting him…

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  7. Sad. I read somewhere that he passed while his wife went out to get something to eat. He was a great actor.

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    • Sad. I read somewhere that he passed while his wife went out to get something to eat. He was a great actor.
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      Wow I know his wife is probably messed up about that…feeling some kind away that when she left, he slipped away 4ever. 😦

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  8. R.I.P. Uncle Phil. One of my favorite TV dads. Just waiting for Aunt Viv #1 to make an inappropriate statement. 😦

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    • Has Will made any comments about uncle phil passing 😦
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      No but that busy ass Jada did…hell you’d think she played on the damn show.

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  9. He was the best TV dad ever because on the show The Fresh Prince of Bell Air he loved his family, but you didn’t want to mess with him..Rest In Peace James Avery

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      • He was an uncle, hence “UNCLE Phil?”
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        he was also father to the other characters on the show and served as an awesome guardian to Will Smith’s character. he had dual roles and served them both awesomely!

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      • He was an uncle, hence “UNCLE Phil?”
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        he was also father to the other characters on the show and served as an awesome guardian to Will Smith’s character. he had dual roles and served them both awesomely!
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        CoSigning Mrs!!!! James Avery served both his roles well.

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  10. MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. I REALLY LIKED HIM AS UNCLE PHIL. HE WILL DEEPLY BE MISSED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

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  11. My deepest condolences to the family. He played such a positive role model (pre Cosby Show) and will always be remembered as one of the great American father roles he played with dignity and humor. RIP

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  12. You will be sadly missed.i enjoyed your show, my children enjoyed your show. May you rest in peace. Our condolences to your family

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