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James Avery

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Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon leaving the military, he moved to San Diego, California and began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. He won an Emmy for production during his tenure there and deservedly won a scholarship to the University of California at San Diego from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and Literature. (Sidenote: His wife Barbara is the Dean of Student Life at California's Loyola Marymount University.) In addition to his sitcom popularity, he has lent his voice to over a dozen animated television series and features. He also has been the primary host of the popular PBS travel and adventure series Going Places. Armed with a diverse resume of credits, James Avery remains a unique creative force as convincing a comedian as he is a Shakespearean character.  See full bio on IMDb »

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James Avery Death Certificate -- Severe Medical Problems Before Death

James Avery
Severe Medical Problems Before Death

James Avery -- who played Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air -- was suffering from several major medical problems for years before he died from complications following an open heart surgery,… READ MORE >

Will Smith Breaks Silence On Uncle Phil Death ... He Made Me a Better Man

Will Smith
Breaks Silence On Uncle Phil Death He Made Me a Better Man

Will Smith has finally opened up about the death of his TV dad James Avery ... saying the guy who played Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince" made him a more "respectable human being."Smith just posted a… READ MORE >

- 198 days ago
Alfonso Ribeiro Remembers James Avery ... And All That Jazz

Alfonso Ribeiro
Remembers James Avery ... And All that Jazz

The faux biological son of Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" has fond memories of their time together ... the most enduring of which involved down south music.Alfonso Ribeiro was leaving Mr.… READ MORE >

- 201 days ago
James Avery Dead -- 'Fresh Prince' Uncle Phil Dies At 68

'Fresh Prince' Dad James Avery Dies
Dead At 68

James Avery -- the beloved dad on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" -- has died at age 68 ... TMZ has learned.Sources close to the actor tell TMZ he died in a Glendale, CA hospital last night. Avery… READ MORE >

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