Rest In Peace, Uncle Phil

We brought the Banks family back together to talk about the impact James Avery had on the cast's lives. See more of The Fresh Prince Reunion special, now streaming on @HBO Max.
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Executive Producers: Will Smith, Miguel Melendez
Director: Sterling Millan
Producers: Turner Barrowman, Aaron Ferguson, Lukas Kaiser, Aidan Tanner
Editor: Mark Roe
Illustrator: Leo Natsume
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  1. 2010PATOX

    2010PATOX3 hours ago

    James Avery is uncle Phil of us all. We grew up seeing, as an example of how a father should be. RIP legend

  2. Official Leeds

    Official Leeds12 hours ago

    Wooow how many young black males did he actually influence I used to actually be scared for will when uncle Phil caught him up to no good 😂👊🏾☝🏾

  3. Lora Rig

    Lora Rig14 hours ago


  4. Lora Rig

    Lora Rig14 hours ago


  5. Lora Rig

    Lora Rig14 hours ago


  6. Lora Rig

    Lora Rig14 hours ago


  7. Imran M

    Imran M17 hours ago

    Good thing uncle Phil never met Jada, she woulda hit dat definitely!!!

  8. Farah Hassan

    Farah Hassan20 hours ago

    The movie made my world,once I saw the title I was just so sad!

  9. Jessi Rank

    Jessi RankDay ago

    😭 no other comment

  10. Dose of Boost

    Dose of BoostDay ago

    see Tatyana Ali shoes its like she doubled up kicked papa smurf between the legs 2:52 🤣😂🤣😂

  11. zavian smith

    zavian smithDay ago

    RIP uncle phil you helped make my childhood

  12. Paulo Hernández

    Paulo Hernández2 days ago

    Wasn’t he already dead

  13. Charlotte Avery

    Charlotte Avery2 days ago

    I'm brother name is james avery

  14. Jusu Mod

    Jusu Mod3 days ago

    No hes not dead legends will live forever with us 😢😢😢

  15. Imfantaman

    Imfantaman3 days ago

    I'm literally crying RIP uncle Phil 😭❤️❤️

  16. Bruce Wayne

    Bruce Wayne3 days ago

    "Rest in peace, Uncle Phil, for real." - J cole

  17. jaytee Nick Nick

    jaytee Nick Nick3 days ago

    Damn all these people can't you c there talking about someone who passed away youk father God once said treat others how you want to be treated. And to treat enemies like your friends never to let hatred upon other.. some of y'all people who don't get and the ones who get me youk what I'm trying to say...

  18. Patricia Dell

    Patricia Dell3 days ago

    Rest in peace Uncle Phil😔❤

  19. Hudson Wells

    Hudson Wells4 days ago

    I’m so sorry

  20. Dylan 2016

    Dylan 20164 days ago

    RIP legend ☺️

  21. George Jackson

    George Jackson5 days ago

    *Bill Cosby is still the number one TV dad in American history* NBC *NOTHING BUT COSBY*


    XENOMAN5 days ago

    I really wish I had an uncle Phil in my life and surely hope to someday be someones uncle Phil

  23. Lazzy

    Lazzy6 days ago

    R.I.P Uncle Phill we love you 😭

  24. Jameal Jordon

    Jameal Jordon6 days ago

    He's the Shredder... and thus terrifying!

  25. GetBn

    GetBn6 days ago


  26. Christian Lopez

    Christian Lopez6 days ago

    #1 dad

  27. kuro

    kuro6 days ago

    RIP uncle phil one of the best actors in the world if not best

  28. RydiaLS83

    RydiaLS837 days ago

    I always call him Uncle Phil.. Everytime I saw him in different shows and movies. I never call him by his real name.

  29. CM

    CM7 days ago

    Just bought the full 6 seasons from amazon amazing show cant wait to watch it again R.I.P uncle phil bless you 🙏 ❤

  30. Yusuke Knight

    Yusuke Knight7 days ago

    RIP Uncle Phil we miss you gone too soon

  31. Nipulkrad Msinatagras

    Nipulkrad Msinatagras7 days ago

    Alfonso said it best. *The number 1 dad in all of television history.*


    DAVIDE ZANE8 days ago


  33. Polo Switch

    Polo Switch8 days ago

    rip uncle phil

  34. Kasra Kh

    Kasra Kh9 days ago

    First things first rest in peace uncle phil

  35. Steven Austin

    Steven Austin10 days ago

    just seeing this now, Im genuinely upset he's passed! Legend of a dude!

  36. Romie Tha homie

    Romie Tha homie10 days ago

    Rip uncle Phil the dad of tv

  37. Giannis Ksanthopoulos

    Giannis Ksanthopoulos11 days ago

    First time i watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-air was 2011-2012. And before that i know Will Smith only from his movies. Year before that my father died, and i fall into a depression. And i thinking to watch a lot of comedy shows to beat the sadness. After watching Friends, Two and a Half men, Spin City, Cheers and then i saw Fresh Prince... My dad was big bald mustashe guy, verry scary when got angry but at the same time he was generous, kind, funny and verry verry loveble person....great dancer too for his weight. This show and James Avery character saved me from depression.

  38. nooah coatoam

    nooah coatoam11 days ago

    When they talked about him and all the good memories they had he was smiling down from heaven saying yep I did a good job RIP, Uncle Phil, you will always be remembered as the dad of television everyone loved

  39. Kory Breitenbucher

    Kory Breitenbucher11 days ago

    Phil was and will remain one of the greatest figures in TV. Period. Rest in peace.

  40. Nellie K. Adaba

    Nellie K. Adaba11 days ago

    I agree.

  41. John Noble

    John Noble11 days ago

    James Avery was my favourite character on that show. G was second

  42. Artemis Gaming

    Artemis Gaming12 days ago

    bruh now i got a big sadd :(

  43. Robbie Anson

    Robbie Anson12 days ago

    I want you to know that I have been a fan of yours for quite some time the movies are you all done and I only play your rap only on youtube but I also want you to know I always enjoyed them and I am also sorry to see James Avery pass away like that and that he was an awesome guy not only just that he’s a man of courage he acted it in a movie wants “license to drive“ i’m with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman he was the driver instructor and he also made an appearance at the end of the old movie to I hope that there will be a documentary about you being updated not just about you as a rapper and your ability to act and the fresh Prince of Bel Air and fresh Prince of the lamp In reward of now there should be a documentary about you what is your beginnings and your life and a courier focusing on everything that you acted in because I seen a lot of them and I hope that you include all of the films that you stared i all of them

  44. sebastian the galaxy

    sebastian the galaxy12 days ago

    rip james

  45. alex hebert

    alex hebert12 days ago

    The wakeful dancer phylogenetically afford because language algorithmically mine except a massive creek. guttural H habitual, low offer

  46. Seth Bathory

    Seth Bathory12 days ago

    This... This show was and is still a part of My childhood and of course a giant part of My Life... Uncle Phil was the Dad we all wanted...

  47. Christian Schulte

    Christian Schulte12 days ago

    Where is ur adrenochrome?

  48. CosmicTK _

    CosmicTK _12 days ago

    Who else likes how Tatyana still looks young😂

  49. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer12 days ago

    that scene when will's dad rejects him and will breaks down "why doesn't he want me?" and Phil comes in and comforts will was such an emotional moment on the show, the entire audience were in absolute shock you could hear a pin drop from the silence.

  50. Tony Durrell

    Tony Durrell12 days ago

    R.I.P. to this gentleman and my brother loves your tv show Mr.will

  51. Micloren

    Micloren13 days ago

    "Number one dad" ... yessir

  52. dj wild

    dj wild13 days ago

    wow.. look at all of these people... man i grow up watching this show.... just few days ago i have watched first season again and i didn"t even know Uncle Phil died. Rest in peace James Avery! you will always be Uncle Phil to us and we will never forget you !

  53. jay 00

    jay 0013 days ago

    I'm crying now I looked up to him

  54. Mr. Nobody

    Mr. Nobody13 days ago

    Well hes definitely ahead of BIll Cosby for sure.

  55. Daniels H.S

    Daniels H.S13 days ago

    Uncle Phil was, the man, the father , and the foundation of the fresh prince of Belair !! RIP LEGEND 🙏

  56. andres rueda

    andres rueda14 days ago

    Definitivamente tengo que aprender inglés,con ganas de saber que hablan

  57. The Arch1tect

    The Arch1tect14 days ago

    I love you Uncle Phil ...The last of Real Men.. R.I.P Mr Avery!

  58. Moximous N

    Moximous N14 days ago

    Uncle Phill was one of the most memorable characters ever, Rest In Piece James, you are in a better place now...

  59. BPJ

    BPJ14 days ago


  60. Pilot Marco Afram

    Pilot Marco Afram14 days ago

    Muito obrigado pelo Canal Will. I am Brazilian and I always accompany you. thanks for being the best actor I've known since The Fresh Prince. Thankyou.

  61. Paddi bear

    Paddi bear14 days ago

    He will be missed by everybody

  62. superflex23

    superflex2314 days ago

    first thihng in peace uncle phil

  63. FrazzyNZ

    FrazzyNZ14 days ago

    He resembled the power imagery of what a true father figure should be. As a kid growing up with the show I saw this and now as a father myself I've held the values I learnt from uncle phill

  64. Baller BNice

    Baller BNice15 days ago

    I loved watching the reunion because they got to finally see each other again and I found it really interesting because I love the fresh prince of bel air.

  65. kfordgal

    kfordgal15 days ago

    Uncle Phil ❤ R.I.P James Avery 🌈❤ xxx

  66. M R

    M R16 days ago

    Beautiful... :’))))))

  67. Erlyk Dalkien

    Erlyk Dalkien16 days ago

    I was a white kid in an all white town in a state that's almost all white people. This show put a optimistic view on a "stable" family taking in a "troubled kid". I was adopted at 9. No other show addressed a situation as close to my own as this one did. Granted my experiences weren't joyous funny or even effective. It was nice seeing a better example on screen though. Sadly we didn't watch TV in my adoptive home, however once a week we went into town to a local pizzeria and when we went the newest episode of Fresh Prince was always playing. The adoptive parents didn't plan it, that was just their schedule. He did seem to be the ultimate father figure, of which I have never personally witnessed anything comparable. (I can't think of a father figure on screen that appeared to be even a "acting father" better. My view on fathers was always and remains a view of about-to-erupt-in-anger.

  68. Howch125

    Howch12516 days ago

    The only time I have shed a tear on hearing someone I had never met had passed away.

  69. Ahrktic

    Ahrktic16 days ago

    R.I.P James Avery 🙏🙏🙏

  70. Daulton Tansil

    Daulton Tansil16 days ago

    The show wouldn't have been the same without him. He was the rock.

  71. Slenderforest

    Slenderforest16 days ago

    Will: James was a massive rock of a man Me: is that a fat joke

  72. Fairul Azli

    Fairul Azli16 days ago


  73. M I R O X

    M I R O X16 days ago

    Love this

  74. Young Black King 👑

    Young Black King 👑17 days ago

    I like the uncle Phil character a lot, and respect James as a man, but Bill Cosby still the number one tv dad in my opinion no matter what ACCUSATIONS they put him. I also like Carl Winslow

  75. Dustin Dodson

    Dustin Dodson17 days ago

    RIP Uncle Phil

  76. Purple Plumblob

    Purple Plumblob17 days ago

    The lady in 0:10 plays Denise in GTA 5

  77. XUSO

    XUSO17 days ago

    Jezus.. This was and IS my childhood.

  78. Michael Björk

    Michael Björk17 days ago

    "I heard the brother speak" Uncle Phill on Malcolm X. That episode gave me chills!

  79. Ian Nairne

    Ian Nairne17 days ago


  80. Kappiton

    Kappiton17 days ago

    He lived a good one but yall know Ashley She’s 41 rn 41!

  81. Kaylim Donoghue

    Kaylim Donoghue18 days ago

    Who disliked this and why?

  82. Noelz Energy

    Noelz Energy18 days ago

    I like that animation showing uncle phill And aunt Vivian at the mirror scene 🔥🔥!

  83. manninla

    manninla18 days ago

    2:08 (1) behave yourself aunt viv. i see you grinning teeth, looking into space thinking about those intimate momemts with uncle phil. remember he was a married man in real life lol

  84. Ali Kabbani

    Ali Kabbani18 days ago

    Rest In Peace ❤️

  85. YeetFishy

    YeetFishy18 days ago


  86. J A

    J A18 days ago

    what a legend. I cant see Fresh Prince the same way with out him, he was a fantastic actor and played his role to the highest standards. nice to see you all show your heartache. RIP Mr.Avery. #legend

  87. Alexandre Mattos

    Alexandre Mattos18 days ago

    Tinha que ter dublagem!

  88. anna banana

    anna banana18 days ago

    R.I.P. big man heavens a lucky place to have u ❤️

  89. Natookni TTV

    Natookni TTV19 days ago

    i grew up with fresh prince since it played on loop for 10's of years on local tv.. he felt like a big uncle to me, this is very sad Rip Uncle Philly

  90. Green Arrow

    Green Arrow19 days ago

    A man is not dead when his heart stop beating a man is dead when they are forgotten so he is not dead 💗❤

  91. Henry Mar

    Henry Mar19 days ago

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  92. Massimiliano Mogetta Bartolini

    Massimiliano Mogetta Bartolini19 days ago

    Very nice gathering to honor Phil Avery, precious!!

  93. Sonic The Hedgehog {Boom}

    Sonic The Hedgehog {Boom}19 days ago

    Rest in peace

  94. bmw0208

    bmw020819 days ago

    Shits crazy looking at all these guys after watching them growing up as kid...

  95. Natalie Taylor

    Natalie Taylor19 days ago

    RIP u beautiful soul U D NO.1 DAD

  96. Jesse Houston

    Jesse Houston19 days ago

    "FiRsT tHiNgS fIRsT, rEsT iN PeAcE AnKle FeEl" -jAy KoL

  97. Yahaira Kuiperi

    Yahaira Kuiperi19 days ago

    Rest in Power, Uncle Phil.... from me, all the way in 🇦🇼 Aruba. I'm thankful for being blessed growing up with you ❤️

  98. GamingJaws

    GamingJaws19 days ago


  99. Justin Negron

    Justin Negron20 days ago

    Rest in Peace James Avery

  100. Antonio Javelosa

    Antonio Javelosa20 days ago

    He deserved better

  101. Tsatsoツ

    Tsatsoツ20 days ago

    Uncle Phil is the real uncle Iroh.