'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor James Avery dead at 65

January 2, 2014 7:44 PM

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'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor James Avery dead at 65

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at age 65.

Avery's death was confirmed to CNN by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor's TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on "Fresh Prince."

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