2) James Avery: Philip Banks
James Avery played the role of Philip Banks. He was the father of the Banks family and Will’s uncle. He was rich, sarcastic and tough, but was a loving father and truly believed in Will. He was the only real father Will ever knew. After graduating from high school, James Avery served in the Vietnam War. Later, he moved to San Diego to pursue a career in entertainment. He appeared in many shows, such as The Jeffersons, The A-Team and St. Elsewhere. He is best known for his role as the caring father/uncle Philip Banks. TV guide ranked him number 34 in the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time”. After Fresh Prince, he appeared in numerous TV shows, including That 70’s Show, NYPD Blue, Star Trek: Enterprise andGrey’s Anatomy. Sadly, James Avery died at the age of 68 on December 31, 2013, after complications from surgery.