If you’re like me, then you’re probably a big fan of TV sitcoms and in particular there is one classic that stands out from the 90’s, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. It was groundbreaking television, fusing hip hop and rap culture into the rich lifestyle of the Banks family. That’s because Will Smith’s character moved from West Philadelphia to Bel Air to live with his Aunt Vivian and Uncle Phil, as well as their two daughters and son, Carlton. Re-runs of the show still play on the air and continue to provide amusement to this day.
So when I see a rumor that Uncle Phil died as a top search on Google, but no accompanying news reports, it’s sad to see someone would make this up. James Avery has been a great actor for years in more roles than just Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince. He’s also provided voices for Shredder in the TMNT TV series and has done the voice of “War Machine” on animated versions of Iron Man and Spider-Man. You may also remember him from a number of episodes on “That 70’s Show”. According to his Wiki entry, James Avery was born in November 1948, and there’s no death listed. That’s a good sign.
So is James Avery dead? I sincerely hope not. It appears for now to only be rumors that Uncle Phil died. I won’t believe it until I see it reported on CNN.com, or another reliable news source.
If you’ve seen a report somewhere about James Avery’s death that appears accurate, please share below.