It brings us great sadness to report this news on the first day of the New Year -- James Avery, the beloved actor who portrayed Uncle Phil on the hit '90s sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' has passed away at the age of 68. Avery, who passed away late last night in Los Angeles, was an actor known for his warmth, and continued to appear on many TV shows over the years after 'Fresh Prince' concluded.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith may be the biggest movie star in the world, but his millions of fans will never let him forget his humble beginnings as the star of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' While in England to promote the release of 'Men in Black 3,' Smith was coerced into performing the show's iconic theme song on 'The Graham Norton Show.' And yeah, it's kind of awesome.
Somewhere in a California mansion, Will Smith is laughing maniacally as he signs the checks from 'Men in Black 3,' and gazes over his Hollywood kingdom while taking a deep spiritual peace in the life he's led, the children he's raised, and the cinematic memories he's created. Suddenly, Tom Jones' music could be heard in the distance, and Will knew that Alfonso Ribeiro had eclipsed his legacy forever.