Uncle Phil Has Gone to Rest

James-avery It is my sad duty to report the death of James Avery. He has had a long and illustrious career , but we all will remember him for one role, the blustery Uncle who had his nephew come to live with him in the NBC series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”  . He passed away after complications of open heart surgery in Los Angeles yesterday.

Avery was born November 27, 1945 in Virginia , however he spent most of his childhood in New Jersey.  Avery served his country in the Vietnam War as a member of the US Navy.   He also wrote poetry and tv scripts when he moved to San Diego following his discharge.

Avery has not only worked as an actor on screen, but has also used his voice for many cartoon characters. The one that kids in the eighties will remember him for the most is the evil Shredder , archvillain of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”  show.

Along with Uncle Phil, he has appeared in a lot of various roles on series. He was on “That 70’s Show” as Kelso’s trainer at the police academy. He did a heartwarming appearance as a brain dead patient’s gay partner on “Grey’s Anatomy. He had a part on “Moonlighting” as a federal agent . For many years , he was a fixture on prime time television and movies in a variety of guest star roles.   He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his stepson Kevin, and his mother.  Chitownstarconnections gives the family and friends of James their sympathy.

500px-TMNT1987_Shredder Here is the evil Shredder, enemy to the turtles in “Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles”  James was the voice of the villain.

ThatSh1017AK-JamesAvery Here he is tolerating his student Kelso on “That Seventies Show”  as Officer Kennedy.

1370991272_5424_james2Here he is mourning his lover on “Grey’s Anatomy”

slideshow_std_h_NKLA-GRAND-OPENING5 Here is James with his real life wife  Barbara.

tsdfrpr-ec021And here is how we will remember him with his children Hillary, Ashley, and Carlton, and the nephew who was like a son to him Will .  His wife, Vivian and family servant , Geoffrey in a picture from NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Uncle Phil was voted by TV Guide one of the Best TV Dads.

James Avery 1945-2013


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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