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James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 65

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago January 01, 2014 Jan 1, 2014 Wednesday, January 01 2014 January 01, 2014 12:57 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - 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. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son Carlton Banks, posted on Twitter that Avery was like "a second father" to him.

Avery's movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."

IMAGE: Alfonso Ribeiro / Twitter

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