In honor of James Avery, who died Tuesday at age 68, USA TODAY Network put together a list of Uncle Phil moments from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air:
In this episode, Phil Banks threatens nephew Will Smith and son Carlton Banks, saying since he is a judge he could make the two disappear. When Uncle Phil and Will get stuck in an elevator together, hilarity ensues. "Somebody get us out of here, I'm having a baby. My wife is having a baby," Phil screams. The imposing father figure lists crimes that Will and Carlton may have committed in their latest scheme. Phil becomes more furious when they explain that they have not gotten his wife Vivian's necklace fixed. From the pilot episode, Uncle Phil has a talk with Will about his unacceptable behavior.
When Will suggests that Phil wants to forget about his roots, Phil says in a poignant way that it is not the case.
"Let me tell you something, son. I grew up on the streets just like you. I encountered bigotry like you couldn't imagine. Now, you have a nice poster of Malcolm X on your wall. I heard the brother speak. I read every word he wrote. Believe me, I know where I come from." Goodbye, James Avery. Thank you for the laughter and lessons as Uncle Phil.