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Remembering James Avery: Uncle Phil and The Shredder, Two Pop-Culture Pillars of the 90s [VIDEOS]

Uncle Phil (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air / Shredder (TMNT)

Ward Cleaver. Mike Brady. Cliff Huxtable.

Every generation has its TV dad. Mine was undoubtedly the honorable Judge Phillip Banks — Uncle Phil as we’d come to know the talented Mr. James Avery.

Avery, 65, died Tuesday in Los Angeles.

During those six memorable seasons of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ Mr. Banks provided a young Will Smith with more than just a home after his mom got scared and sent him to move in with his uncle and auntie in Bel Air. From the moment Will pulled up to the house about 7 or 8, Uncle Phil became the stern yet lovable father figure the Fresh Prince never knew previously.

If you doubt the father-son dynamic the two cultivated during the course of the show, I present to you the following clip. Watch it without crying. I dare you.

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Up until recently, I thought that was Avery’s greatest role. And then…I discovered this:

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Mind = Blown.

Uncle Phil and The Shredder. Two pop-culture pillars of the 90’s. Gone but certainly never forgotten.

Thank you, James. For everything.

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