Uncle Phil From Fresh Prince, James Avery, Dies at 68

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Correction appended, Jan. 2

James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil on the popular ’90s TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68.

According to TMZ, Avery died due to complications from open-heart surgery he’d recently had.

In addition to his role as the stern but loving dad on Fresh Prince, Avery had roles on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and The Jeffersons. He’s also known as the voice of Shredder, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ primary enemy.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Uncle Phil’s son Carlton on Fresh Prince, took to social media to express his anguish. “I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed,” he said in a Facebook post. “Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”

[TMZ]

Correction: The original version of this story misstated James Avery’s age when he died.

10 comments
ItsMe!
ItsMe!

Wait hold on, so he retired and expired at the same time?


Welfed
Welfed

So was he 65 or 68... title says 65 and story says  68.. come on writers HAHAHA

timeserf
timeserf

It is sad but puts a nice spotlight on good scripted shows that were part of Avery's legacy. The following link to to an Unreal TV essay on the decline and fall of television fare; it was written nine months before statutory rape advocate Phil Roberston apparently became the voice of our geneation. Robertson in '16? EGADS!! http://classictvdvdreviews.blogspot.com/2013/03/reality-stinks.html


mrbomb13
mrbomb13

No one - repeat - no one could have played Uncle Phil like James Avery.  On and off camera, he was a gracious, kind, and caring man. 

His presence on the Silver Screen will be sorely missed.

RIP, sir.

EarlTsui
EarlTsui

Guys you think you can report the news properly? He passed away at 68 not 65. Fire the author.

jwg31979
jwg31979

@Welfed He was 68…almost all news sources have corrected this error

NikkiTSV
NikkiTSV

@EarlTsui  
Born:November 27, 1948
Died: December 31, 2013

Apparently you need to start reading real news sites and not tabloids.