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'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Then & Now

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James Avery as 'Philip Banks'

The Honorable Philip Banks, Will's uncle — and father to Carlton, Hilary, Ashley and Nicky — begins the series working as an attorney at a prestigious law firm but is later appointed a position as judge. He is a caring father and uncle, but his unpredictable temper has a tendency to get the best of him at times... especially when Will is involved.

Avery passed away on December 31, 2013 at the age of 68 from complications following open heart surgery. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: NBC)

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