James Avery: Best of Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince'
With the passing of veteran actor James Avery, we are taking a look back at his place in TV sitcom history. We’ll fondly remember Avery’s portrayal of Phillip Banks a.k.a. Uncle Phil on the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Here are some of his best moments as the lovable yet tough-as-nails father figure to Will Smith on the show:
Uncle Phil always knew how to cut a rug:
And enjoy the finer things in life:
Yet, he could also be more menacing than a Bond villain:
Or as heroic as Atticus Finch:
Uncle Phil even knew how to handle business at the pool hall — and then some:
But seriously, never make Uncle Phil angry:
You won’t like him when he’s angry:
And poor Jazz. Always getting thrown out:
Nonetheless, scenes featuring Avery as Uncle Phil opposite Will Smith as the Fresh Prince himself will forever reign as sitcom gold: