James Avery, “Uncle Phil,” Dies At 68

James Avery

James Avery, center, roughs up RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio in a deleted scene.

Glendale, CA—James Avery, who played Uncle Phil to that crazy Will on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” for six seasons, has died from complications following open heart surgery. He was 68.

Besides his most famous role in the NBC hit, he also was in numerous television programs like “Night Court,” “CSI,” “That ’70s Show” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”

On the big screen, Avery appeared in such films as “Fletch,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “RECOiL” and “8 Million Ways to Die.”

He also did voiceover work, including as the original voice of Shredder in “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Avery served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his mother, Florence and his stepson, Kevin Waters.

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