Vietnam Navy Vet, James Avery, passes

| January 2, 2014


ROS sends us the sad news that James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” passed at the age of 68. Avery served in the Navy during the Vietnam War;

James Avery was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 27, 1948. He grew up there, raised by a single mother. But after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam war, he moved to San Diego where he began writing for PBS television.

“I knew I loved the arts,” Avery once said.” I knew I wanted to be a writer.” But his main focus was acting.

James Avery’s big screen debut came in 1980, with a uncredited appearance in The Blues Brothers.

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  1. Terry Brock says:

    It appears that either the age or the birthdate is incorrect.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Bill R. says:

    Leave it to you guys to find out something the MFM did not, or did not care to list. I was unaware he had served although I was saddened by his death. I never watched Fresh Prince while it was originally aired as I was a swingshifter for most of my Air Force career. I did get to watch the show daily on TBS from 2010-2013 while being my wife’s caregiver every day. The show provided needed smiles and laughs and gave me many hours of stress relief. He will be missed.

  3. Sparks says:

    I am saddened at his loss. I thank him for his service. I thought he was a good actor as well.

  4. Jabatam says:

    RIP Mr. Avery

  5. OWB says:

    He seemed like a real class actor. He will be missed.

    RIP Mr. Avery. Thank you.

  6. Hondo says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Avery. Rest in peace.

  7. Phyrman1 says:

    A real man, who used the small screen to show others how to be one. Rest in peace, Mr. Avery.