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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Actor Dies

The 90s hit series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has lost a major cast member. Uncle Phil, played by actor James Avery, is no more with us. He died during open heart surgery recently. A Vietnam veteran, Avery had played various roles in many TV shows.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Actor Dies

Actor James Avery has passed away. He was 68 years old when he departed for the next world. The versatile thespian was especially known for his role as Uncle Phil in the hilarious sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. The drama on TV portrayed Will Smith as a naughty and rambunctious teen who got caught up in all sorts of funny incidents. 

James Avery played a more serious role as the father figure in the series. Many who worked closely with Avery have expressed their sorrow at his untimely death. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the role of Carlton, his son, especially tweeted his sadness at the passing away of Avery. He said that he was like a father to him. 

Will Smith’s wife also spoke of the fact that she had lost a true friend in the form of James Avery. He is survived by his mother, wife and a stepson. Avery served for some time in Vietnam in the late 60s. He acted in Star Trek: Enterprise and Gray’s Anatomy. 

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star had been working on the Zach Braff movie “Wish I Was Here” as late as September of this year. James will be dearly missed by his loved ones. The world has become a poorer place without this wonderful actor who entertained us with passion and confidence.

Source: BBC

 

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