James Avery of Fresh Prince of Bel Air DiesLaurie White
James Avery, best known for his role as Will Smith’s Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, passed away in Los Angeles on December 31. He was 65. CNN reports that his manager stated that Avery died from complications of open heart surgery.
Avery played Alfonso Ribeiro’s character Carlson’s father on the show. Ribeiro tweeted about the loss of Avery, along with a photo of Avery and his wife.
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
Saturday Night Live comedian Jay Pharoah was among those tweeting about Avery’s death, many using the hashtag #UnclePhil.
NO WAYYY UNCLE PHIL?!! Aww man R.I.P James Avery we’re losing too many good ones..
— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) January 1, 2014
Avery also appeared in films like License to Drive with Corey Haim and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The actor’s sophisticated, drily humorous, and at times foreboding voice could also be heard in many animated films and games over the years.
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