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James Avery, Uncle Phil of Fresh Prince, Dead at 68 (DETAILS)

James Avery, the big bear of an actor who portrayed Uncle Phil on the 1990s TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, died yesterday from complications during heart surgery.

Avery was 68 and had appeared on numerous tv shows but he’s best known as Uncle Phil, a lawyer then judge, who took in and raised his wayward nephew played by rapper Will Smith.

He will always be Uncle Phil in our collective memory.

Avery is survived by a wife and his mother.