It’s unfortunate for us to announce but last night James Avery, who many knew as Philip Banks/ “Uncle Phil” on the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air died at the age of 68 in California. Avery was in the hospital undergoing open-heart surgery for an unknown illness that he had contracted when he passed on. I can speak for all 90s babies when I say we spent most of our teen years watching Avery during re-runs of The Fresh Prince on Nick At Nite, his acting prowess and comedic whit was something to be marveled at.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery; his mother, Florence Avery of Atlantic City; and a stepson, Kevin Waters.
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
Below, is my favorite scene from the show in which Will Smith‘s dad becomes a dead-beat once more causing Will to become an emotional wreck. However, Uncle Phil is there to console and counsel him. Very powerful and heartfelt acting.