In memoriam: actor James Avery

News Ryan Lambie
2 Jan 2014 - 07:38

The actor James Avery, one of the stars of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and countless other shows, has sadly passed away.

We're sad to learn that James Avery, the distinctive and extremely talented actor best known for his role as Philip Banks in 90s comedy series The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, has passed away at the age of 68.

Although Banks was arguably Avery's signature role, he worked extraordinarily hard throughout his career, repeatedly appearing in TV movies and series from 1980 onwards. His credits included The Closer, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Legend Of Prince Valiant and LA Law, and his voice could also be heard in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated 80s and early 90s series, The Real Ghostbusters and the dubbed version of the cult Japanese anime, Fist Of The North Star. 

Avery was primarily a TV actor, but he appeared in several movies, too, such as Fletch, 8 Million Ways To Die and License To Drive.

Avery died following an operation on his heart, and is survived by his wife and son. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. 

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