TODAY   |  January 02, 2014

Actor James Avery, ‘Uncle Phil’ on ‘Fresh Prince,’ dies

The actor best known for playing Will Smith’s Uncle Phil in the popular ‘90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has died from complications following heart surgery. Avery was 68.

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>> we are back at day 50. carson is working over there in the orange room . he looks very busy.

>> i am very busy transitioning from the colorado story into this one. unfortunately tuesday night we lost one of our fate tv dads. james avery passed away . you know him as uncle phil from the '90s hit " fresh prince of bel air ." let's take a look at him in action.

>> i will not punish you today, maybe not even tomorrow. you see, i need to they long, long time about just what i'm going to do with you. i don't know, it might come to me in the middle of the night or maybe next week or a few years from now. in the meantime, why don't you worry about it? be afraid, will. be very afraid.

>> no word from will yet. however, carlton from the tv show tweeted out i am deeply saddened to say that james avery has passed away . he was a second father to me, i will miss him greatly. it got us thinking these tv dads are like second fathers in a way. who is your favorite tv dad? this is mine, allen thicke still like a father to me. yes, his son alan thicke who sings "blurred lines".

>> like favorite father, too.

>> anybody else?

>> andy griffith .

>> homer simpson .

>> mike brady .

>> i watched a lot of " little house on the prairie ."

>> matt goes, oh.

>> "happy days."

>> that got us thinking, carson. thank you very much.