Actor, James Avery aka ‘Uncle Phil’ died on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He is best known for his work as Uncle Phillip Banks on the show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, alongside Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro who played Carlton Banks. Avery was not only an actor, but he lent his voice to many animated parts such as Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series and as War Machine (James Rhodes) in the series Iron Man.
He started his career in San Diego, CA by writing poetry and TV scripts, including the Emmy Award-winning production, “Ameda Speaks: Poet James Avery.”
Avery died during an open-heart surgery and was 68. He is survived by his wife, Mother and stepson.