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Best known for his portrayal as Philip Banks (aka: Uncle Phil) in NBC’s widely popular sitcom “,” actor  has died. According to his manager and publicist, Avery died on Tuesday, December 31 as a result of complications from open heart surgery. The actor appeared in October 2012 episodes of CBS’ “” as Judge Daley, who ultimately dismissed a case against Phyllis Summers (). 

, who portrayed Avery’s TV son Carlton Banks on “Fresh Prince,” was one of the first to announce the actor’s passing. He said on Twitter, “I’m 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 starring role on “Fresh Prince” and appearance on “Y&R,” Avery appeared on 2012 episodes of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and NBC’s “Harry’s Law.”

One of Avery’s most memorable acting moments from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was highlighted by Buzzfeed:

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  • Lee Roberts

    A wonderful actor and very versatile. Will be missed.

  • Bexx

    RIP Uncle Phil.