James Avery, 'Fresh Prince' star, dies at 65

NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday. She did not immediately know the cause of death or where he died. He was 65.

Captain Mark Lacey Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."

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TMZ is reporting that the actor who played the uncle on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" passed away. James Avery was 65 years old.

TMZ reports that Avery had recently had open heart surgery and died from complications from the operations. Sources told TMZ that Avery died in a L.A. hospital Tuesday night.


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