R.I.P. James Avery


Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 68.

The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson.

James Avery’s second most famous role, after Uncle Phil, was probably the Shredder in the original Fred Wolf TMNT, whom he voiced for more than one hundred episodesHe also appeared in the Gargoyles episode “Walkabout”, as the Shaman who aids both Dingo and Goliath in stopping Matrix.  He will be missed.


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