RIP Uncle Phil (1948 – 2013)

January 2nd, 2014 // 6 Comments
James Avery Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

“Don’t you get it, Uncle Phil? If I have a son and never discipline him, we can do multidimensional math!”

Because once again God wants to prove that Lindsay Lohan is the cockroach of Hollywood, James Avery died on New Year’s Eve after suffering complications from open-heart surgery, according to TMZ. And while I want to say he’s best known as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I forget we’re living in the age of the Internet where everyone’s ironically latched onto the fact that he used to voice The Shredder on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon even though it aired before half of Twitter was even born. Except what a lot of people also don’t know is that the character of Morpheus in The Matrix was based off the time James Avery got an AOL sample disc and discovered we all live in a computer-generated reality that allows our bodies to be harvested by giant spider robots. I read it in a viral open letter on Facebook. Those things never lie.

Rest In Peace, Cartoon War Machine

[Full Disclosure: I'm posting this entirely for Photo Boy's reaction when he reads this post. James Avery would've wanted it this way.]


  1. Rest in peace James Avery. I still rewatch all the Fresh Prince episodes whenever they’re on TV. I always loved Uncle Phil, he was a good man who did everything for his family and wished them the very best. Also funny as fuck.

    You’re also Shredder. You’re fucking awesome. You will be missed, big guy.

  2. RIP Big Man. You were awesome.

  3. You know what? It’s been a rough few weeks. I’m going to pretend all of these positive thoughts are for THIS Uncle Phil. I’ll take what I can get these days.

  4. dontkillthemessenger

    Whatever you do, don’t spill Uncle Phil’s coffee.


  5. R.I.P, Mr. Avery. You are one of the few whose passing makes me legitimately sad. :(

  6. Uncle Phil was the shit. R.I.P. Big Man.

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