James Avery: “The New Prince of Bel-Air” Honors Uncle Phil During His Meeting


Avery, who played the Banks family patriarch, better known as Uncle Phil, died in 2014 due to complications from open heart surgery.

“Our show would not have been HALF what it was without the talent and light of James Avery,” wrote star Will Smith on Instagram, sharing images of the tribute. “We love you all and we miss you, James. “

The actors’ meeting took place on Smith’s Snapchat series titled “Will From Home”.

He was joined by former casting companions Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid and Joseph Marcell.

After watching Avery’s vintage clips from the show, Reid, who played Philip Banks’ wife Vivian, said in tears, “I loved this man. “

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was broadcast from 1990 to 1996 on NBC.


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