James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” passed away from complications from open heart surgery on New Year’s Eve. Uncle Phil was such a great character, this was a rich man who instilled work ethic into his children. Even though Carlton wanted to have the silver spoon, Uncle Phil would not let him. This is a man who stepped up to help his struggling nephew Will and be the father figure he needed, even when Will’s father shows up and Phil expects him to burn Will again. Avery played this character perfectly and I am not sure any other actor could have done better. The show would have been doomed if Avery left, like the original Aunt Vivian did.
So for that thank you James Avery for the memories and rest in peace. Most of us 30 somethings learned a lot of great lessons from Uncle Phil that will stay with us for a long, long time!
P.S. One of my top scenes from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
Jacob is going to his first ever professional baseball game at Camden Yards to see the Orioles take on the Red Sox today, but I think that the most important game we can bring him to is Aug. 22 Bowie Baysox vs New Britain Rock Cats! Why? It’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Night”!!! You have to read this description from the Baysox website to understand:
Featuring appearance by Alfonso Ribeiro aka ‘Carlton Banks’. Meet & Greet opportunities and Alfonso will do the ‘Carlton Dance’ LIVE! The Baysox will hold a contest to have the opportunity to do the ‘Carlton Dance’ on the field with Alfonso during the game!
Biggest reason we are going, there is no doubt in my mind that I am winning this contest and getting on the field to do “The Carlton” with Alfonso! I have been known to get down with The Carlton! I’ll tell you what, when I win this competition I will make sure I get the video of me gigging all over Alfonso Ribeiro at Prince George’s Stadium!
P.S. Bonus Video because this has to be the best scene of any Fresh Prince episode