James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 68

James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 68

Credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images

James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 68

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 2:52 PM

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 in Glendale, Calif., following complications from open heart surgery. He was 68, Snyder said.

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."

Print
Email
|