The actor who played Uncle Phil, James Avery, has died in Los Angeles.
The actor who played Uncle Phil, James Avery, has died in Los Angeles.

The man who played Uncle Phil has died

THE man best known as the father figure to Will Smith's namesake on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has died at the age of 65.  
James Avery played Philip Banks or Uncle Phil in the popular 1990s television show that revolved around Smith's character moving to Bel-Air to live with his wealthy relations.  

In the show, Avery often delivered life messages or morals to Smith's character and his on-screen cousins.  

Time Magazine reports Avery died in hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday night local time.  

Avery and Smith's co-star Alfonso Ribeiro reportedly broke the news on Facebook the following day.  


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