Best known for his portrayal as Philip Banks (aka: Uncle Phil) in NBC’s widely popular sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” actor James Avery 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’ “The Young and the Restless” as Judge Daley, who ultimately dismissed a case against Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford).
Alfonoso Ribeiro, 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.”