View Full Version : RIP James Avery other known as "Uncle Phil" passes away at 68 yrs.

01-02-2014, 09:41 PM
CBC News Article on James Avery

The sitcom, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, was set in the Banks' mansion, to which Smith's character was sent from Philadelphia when things got tough in his own neighbourhood. Fans came to know the imposing Banks as "Uncle Phil."

Avery grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and served in the Navy in Vietnam in the late 1960s. After returning to the states, he settled in California and studied drama and literature at the University of California at San Diego.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and stepson, Kevin Waters