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With the passing of veteran actor James Avery, we are taking a look back at his place in TV history. We’ll fondly remember Avery’s portrayal of Phillip Banks a.k.a. Uncle Phil on the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Here are some of his best moments as the lovable yet tough-as-nails father figure to Will Smith.

Uncle Phil always knew how to cut a rug:

And enjoy the finer things in life:

Yet, he could also be more menacing than a Bond villain:

Or as heroic as Atticus Finch:

Uncle Phil even knew how to handle business at a pool hall and then some

But seriously, never make Uncle Phil angry:

You won’t like him when he’s angry:


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