Will Smith has finally opened up about former co star James Avery’s death. Smith is quite a popular actor and rapper. During his time with his role on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is where he worked with Avery, his on screen uncle Phil for six years. He says that
“Every young man needs an Uncle Phil.”
The forty five year old star took to Facebook to pay tribute to the late actor,
“Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” Smith posted along with a fairly recent photo of the main cast from the 90s sitcom.
“Every young man needs an Uncle Phil,” he added, “Rest in Peace.” Avery just sixty eight years old, he passed away on New Years’s Eve, 2013 because of open heart surgery complications.
Alfonso, who made the ‘Carleton dance’ a phenomenon, posted on his Facebook page,
“The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”
Avery was born and raised in New Jersey, he was also seen in ‘That 70s Show’, ‘The Closer’ and also voiced characters for the cartoon show ‘Teenage Mutant Ninija Turtles’.