Actor Will Smith opened about his fallen co-star of “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.” James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on the hit sit-com, was honored by Smith via Facebook on Sunday. Avery died on New Year’s Eve from complications following open heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital.
In a post containing a picture (above) Smith said some of his greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through Avery. He added “Every man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in peace.”Fellow former cast member Alfonso Ribeiro also honored Avery on Facebook saying, “The world has lost a truly special man … Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”