Will Smith and the cast of the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air share a tearful tribute to Uncle Phil

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Will Smith brought actors from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air together in an epic virtual reunion for the finale of his Snapchat series, Will at Home, and together the group shared an emotional tribute to one of their former colleagues.

Bringing the group together for the first time in decades for the two-part finale was fun for fans of the 90s sitcom, but something was missing – Uncle Phil.

Actor James Avery, who played Will’s larger, larger-than-life uncle, sometimes in a bad mood but ultimately loving, died in 2013.

Remembering: Will Smith reunited actors from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in an epic virtual meeting for the finale of his Snapchat series, Will at Home, and together the group shared an emotional tribute to uncle actor Phil James avery

Remembering: Will Smith reunited the actors of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in an epic virtual meeting for the finale of his Snapchat series, Will at Home, and together the group shared an emotional tribute to the actor of Uncle Phil James avery

During the Snapchat episode, Will played a tribute video for the cast dedicated to Avery, which included a mashup of some of his best moments from the series.

While the video was playing on half the screen, fans were able to watch each of the actors react to the clips in real time on the other half.

Clearly loved and deeply missed, each of the actors burst into tears and even had a few laughs while watching clips of Avery with tenderness.

At the end of the video, Will said, “It just makes me cry … James Avery, James Avery, James Avery. “

Rest in peace: during the Snapchat episode, Will played a tribute video to the cast dedicated to Avery which included a mashup of some of his best moments from the series and viewers were able to watch each of the actors react to the clips in real time

Rest in peace: during the Snapchat episode, Will played a tribute video to the cast dedicated to Avery which included a mashup of some of his best moments from the series and the viewers were able to watch each of the actors react to the clips in real time

Retrospective: During the minute the video was played, each of the actors broke down in tears and even laughed while looking tenderly at their former co-star

Retrospective: During the minute the video was played, each of the actors broke down in tears and even laughed while looking tenderly at their former co-star

With tears in her eyes, Daphne Reid, who played James’ wife on screen, Aunt Viv, added, “I loved this man.

The entire cast that was on the digital call, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso RIbiero, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Karyn Parsons and Joseph Marcell, each shed tears during the memory of the video.

Smith shared the tribute clip on Instagram with the caption, “Our show wouldn’t have been HALF what it was without the talent and light of James Avery. You love us and we all miss you, James.

Heartbreak: On New Years Eve 2013, at the age of 68, Avery died suddenly due to complications from open heart surgery (Avery pictured in 2005)

Heartbreak: On New Years Eve 2013, at the age of 68, Avery died suddenly due to complications from open heart surgery (Avery pictured in 2005)

With tears in the eyes, Daphne Reid (photo), who played James' aunt Viv on screen, added: `` I loved this man. ''

With tears in her eyes, Daphne Reid (pictured), who played James’ aunt Viv on screen, added, “I loved this man. “

On New Years Eve 2013, at the age of 68, Avery died suddenly due to complications from open heart surgery.

At the time, Smith went to his Facebook page to express his deep sadness at the loss of writing: “Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came from James Avery . Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in peace’

The two parts of the final at Will at Home were abandoned this Wednesday and Thursday and present a nostalgic march in Smith so that he remembers with his former casting companions on his role as star.

At one point, Will recalled that it was because of Alfonso’s advice that he had decided to use his real name Will Smith for his character in the program.

Smith shared the tribute clip on Instagram with the caption: “Our show wouldn't have HALF what it was without the talent and light of James Avery. You love us and we all miss you, James.

Smith shared the tribute clip on Instagram with the caption, “Our show wouldn’t have been HALF what it was without the talent and light of James Avery. You love us and we all miss you, James.

It was such a deep insight that you had, “said Will. “You said, ‘Because people are going to call you that for the rest of your life. “

Meanwhile, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will looked back laughing at the famous handshake they greeted each other on the show.

“Do any of you have a problem feeling stuck in the world expecting you to be your character?” Will asked his guests.

“I’m really, really upset that everyone wants to shake hands,” said Jeff causing Will’s giggle.

Gather the group: the cast of Fresh Prince Of Bel-AIr practically met and had a reunion retrospective 30 years after the filming of the pilot

Gather the group: the cast of Fresh Prince Of Bel-AIr practically met and had a retrospective reunion 30 years after the filming of the pilot

Incredible: The two parts of the finale of Will at Home were abandoned this Wednesday and Thursday and present a nostalgic march in Smith so that he remembers with his former playmates on his role of star-making

Incredible: The two parts of the Will at Home finale were abandoned this Wednesday and Thursday and present a nostalgic march in Smith so that he remembers with his former playmates on his role of star-making

“You would see people’s eyes when they were about to sneak in and I would just grab their hand and hold it, so I’m good,” shared Jeff.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air worked for 148 episodes over six seasons on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and made Will a major star.

Will’s guests on his Snapchat series range from model Tyra Banks to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Throwback: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air worked for 148 episodes over six seasons on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and made Will a major star

Throwback: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air worked for 148 episodes over six seasons on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and made Will a major star

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