James Avery (Voice Of Shredder On TMNT Cartoon) Has Passed Away

James Avery (Voice Of Shredder On TMNT Cartoon) Has Passed Away

James Avery, best known as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the original voice of Shredder on the 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, passed away Tuesday evening.

"If there is any immortality in this world... it's to know that what we've done, is in a sense, immortal. As long as there is a recording somewhere, it will be here. Someone will be listening to it. So that its timeless. You know. And that's kind of an amazing thing to think about, that what you do will be around. So, you have to be careful about what you do." - James Avery

Actor James Avery, 68, passed away last night in a Glendale, California hospital. His wife, Barbara Avery, had stepped away from James' bedside for a brief moment and when she had returned the doctors delivered the sad news that her husband of 26 years had succumb to complications from open-heart surgery. James Avery is best known for playing Uncle Phil (Philip Banks), the stern but lovable uncle in Will Smith's sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What many of you may not know, is that James Avery was also an accomplished voice actor. His baritone, honey-coated voice brought to life the voices of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon from the 90's, War Machine in the Iron Man animated series and Junkyard Dog in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.
"I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly." - "Fresh Prince" co-star Alfonso Ribeiro

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NovaCorpsFan - 1/1/2014, 2:40 PM
RIP, so many laughs provided by you in Fresh Prince.
ManofSteel23 - 1/1/2014, 2:42 PM
MrCBM56 - 1/1/2014, 2:42 PM
whoa123 - 1/1/2014, 2:49 PM
Goodbye Uncle Phil. RIP
sameoldthing - 1/1/2014, 2:49 PM
Dang...he didn't make it into 2014.
Article said he died in surgery.
NEVER get surgery near a big holiday,the hospital staff may be in a hurry.
Supes17 - 1/1/2014, 2:53 PM
R.I.P Uncle Phil!
NovaCorpsFan - 1/1/2014, 2:55 PM
Just remembering watching the cartoon and hearing him say, "Oroku Saki!" Freakin' definitive.
GamerKT - 1/1/2014, 3:04 PM

MexicanSexyman - 1/1/2014, 3:04 PM
RIP James Avery. You were everyone's Uncle Phill.
Scorn - 1/1/2014, 3:07 PM
R.I.P oroku saki
jazzman - 1/1/2014, 3:08 PM
RIP u will be missed by everyone
SuperSomething616 - 1/1/2014, 3:10 PM
TheRationalNerd - 1/1/2014, 3:13 PM

Continue to stay strong and live out the lives those close to you! Much love man! Keep your head high.
0bstreperous - 1/1/2014, 3:19 PM

So many laughs agreed. Real sad.
0bstreperous - 1/1/2014, 3:20 PM
also war machine if anyone wants to post a pic
Brainiac13 - 1/1/2014, 3:22 PM
Mendenhall12 - 1/1/2014, 3:28 PM
R.I.P. Uncle Phil
pointman - 1/1/2014, 3:30 PM
Damn. Ricky Lawson, now Phil.
NovaCorpsFan - 1/1/2014, 3:30 PM
blackpantherfan - 1/1/2014, 3:31 PM
TheManFromMars - 1/1/2014, 3:32 PM
Rest In Peace, Uncle Phil
badwolfbay - 1/1/2014, 3:33 PM
Rip Uncle Phil, ha I loved that show, and that's one inspiring quote
nikgrid - 1/1/2014, 3:36 PM
WOW! He helped make that cartoon a very special piece of my childhood.
TheVirgin - 1/1/2014, 3:39 PM
Ace101 - 1/1/2014, 3:39 PM
R.I.P James Avery/Uncle Phil you will be missed. thank you for being the great entertainer that you were.
TheOneAboveAll - 1/1/2014, 3:40 PM
JoJo1982 - 1/1/2014, 3:43 PM
Rip uncle Phil aka shredder aka war machine aka I thought u was related to Mr. Winslow on family matters aka James Avery
ds9epicfan - 1/1/2014, 3:44 PM
R.I.P Uncle Phil
MY sympathies to the Avery family

Keep your head up high and move forward and stay focused and care for the ones around you,I've been there,slowly it will get better.Wish you a better year of peace and stability!
Scooby - 1/1/2014, 3:49 PM
He was awesome. Rest In Peace.
DrDoom - 1/1/2014, 3:50 PM
You've got to be [frick]ing kidding me

Uncle Phil? Dammit!

Farewell, good sir.
MetropolisKid - 1/1/2014, 3:50 PM
aw man...

RIP Uncle Phil...RIP.
Shaggy - 1/1/2014, 3:52 PM
SuperCat - 1/1/2014, 3:53 PM
One of the best tv dads ever. R.I.P.
BenjiWest - 1/1/2014, 4:00 PM
RIP Mr Avery.
McNyagano - 1/1/2014, 4:00 PM
CaptShipwreck - 1/1/2014, 4:02 PM
Damn not the way to start 2014... Rip uncle Phil
BANE5000 - 1/1/2014, 4:02 PM
One of the best tv Dads/Uncles EVER, R.I.P Mr Avery, u will trully be missed
ForeverPowerful - 1/1/2014, 4:03 PM
God damn it...I loved Fresh Prince as a kid and still do.

Rest in peace Mr Avery.
PlaystationGovernor99 - 1/1/2014, 4:03 PM
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