James Avery, most famously known for playing Uncle Phil on the ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died yesterday at age 68.
Avery had a large television and movie career. In our realm of focus, he played the voice of Shredder on the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, War Machine in the 1990s Iron Man and Spider-Man animated series and the leading voice of The Shaman on Gargoyles. He also guest voiced on The Wild Thornberrys, Pepper Ann, The Legend of Tarzan and The Proud Family.
Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro first tweeted the news of his passing:
I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014