CNN — Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has died, his publicist said Wednesday. He was 68.
The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson. Avery had surgery on November 11 and died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Glendale, California, according to Benson.
Sad news. Rough way to start 2014. Uncles don’t usually get a lot of play on TV shows. I really can’t think of too many. Uncle Phil was the best though. He could be your worst enemy one moment, but your best ally the next. James Avery did a great job with Phillip Banks.
Below are some of my favorite moments from Uncle Phil
Pillowy Mounds of Mashed Potatoes
Pool Hall Hustle – “Break out Lucile”
Evil Uncle Phil
Uncle Phil to the Rescue
Philip Banks Ph Ph Philip Banks
This may go down as one of the most emotional scenes on TV, this show or any other.