James Avery, who played Uncle Phil in 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' TV series, dead at 65

This photo provided by NBC shows, Joseph Marcell, left, as Geoffrey, and James Avery, as Philip Banks, in the episode "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" from the TV series, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Avery, 65, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks has died. Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/NBC, Margaret Norton)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday. She did not immediately know the cause of death or where he died. He was 65.

Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."


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