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January 1, 2014
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“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s” Uncle Phil is Dead

  Actor James Avery, better known as Uncle Phil on 90s hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, has died.   Celebrity news website TMZ says Avery, 68, died after an undisclosed illness "took a turn for the worse" following recent surgery.   The death was confirmed on Twitter by Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro (who played Carlton), who said he was "deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."   In addition to his work on the Fresh Prince, the actor had host of parts in a large number of films and TV shows, including Greys Anatomy, The Closer and Star Trek: Enterprise, and a voice role in 1996 movie Happy Gilmore.   He is best known for his portrayal of Philip Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which he appeared in 141 episodes alongside on-screen nephew Will Smith.   Enjoy video below of Uncle Phil Dancing on Fresh Prince of Beli-Air:     Source: TMZ.com, YouTube.com/Image: HuffingtonPost.com   @Danicasamuel

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