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James Avery ‘Uncle Phil’ dies today at age 68

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James Avery died today after complications due to open heart surgery. His death was confirmed by CNN and friends of the late actor who shared their condolences across social media.

This actor was best known for his role as the judge, Philip ‘Uncle Phil’ Banks on the hit TV series “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. The star played the role of Will Smith’s uncle and was one of TVs best dads.

Avery’s first role was in “The Blues Brothers” in 1980 as a dancing man in which he was not credited. He later starred in “Fletch” (1985), “Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time” (1991), “The Brady Bunch Movie” as Mr. Steve Yeager (1995), “Dr. Dolittle 2” (2001) as Eldon, and most recently “The Grind” (2010) as Modelo Snipes.
James Avery was a very humble man who according to cnn:

A biography provided by his manager said that after he served in the military, Avery moved to San Diego, California, where he began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. Before joining the military, he once said, he had dreams of being like Richard Wright and living in Paris. But life took a different turn.
"I knew I loved the arts," Avery said in an interview for the show "Unscripted." "I knew I wanted to be a writer, but the theater was something I had been involved in before."

James Avery was a great actor and was most popular for playing roles of an authority figure.

2013 was a year of great losses and James Avery is another loss for Hollywood and everyone he influenced. His legacy will live on in film.

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