James Avery, Uncle Phil From ‘Fresh Prince,’ Dead At 67 [Twitter Reacts]

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James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil on the show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, has passed away at the age of 67.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Uncle Phil’s son Carlton on the show, broke the news on Twitter.

CNN reports that Avery’s death was the result of complications from open-heart surgery.

Avery’s career began in 1980 when he landed an uncredited role in the movie The Blues Brothers. He has hundreds of credits to his name, including parts in Fletch, Rambo, Dallas, Night Court, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more recently, Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, he’ll be remembered by most as Will Smith’s uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

Fresh Prince fans have been sharing their favorite scenes today on Twitter and many of them have named “Uncle Phil’s hug” as one of the emotional scenes on television. Of course, a lot of that emotion comes from the heart-wrenching speech given by Will Smith (Yes, Fresh Prince had some emotional moments) but it was Uncle Phil’s hug that put a perfect finish on the scene.

According to IMBD, the hug was actually unscripted. James Avery just got caught up in the moment and grabbed his co-star Will Smith.

Avery has appeared in hundreds of television shows and movies over the years but he never achieve the star-status of his co-star Will Smith. Of course, that didn’t seem to bother Avery.

In 2007 he told the New York Film Academy: “You can either be a movie star or an actor. I’m an actor … (But) I’ve done pretty good.”

Dan Evon

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