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James Avery, Uncle Phil, From "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air," Fondly Remembered On Twitter

Many saw him as America’s TV dad.

1. James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil in the 90’s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” with Will Smith, has died. Many took to Twitter to share their memories and thoughts on his passing.

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Amy Lawson

@Amy_Lawson

Oh god, Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince died. A bit of my childhood gone forever. #ripjamesavery http://t.co/CIAKXg5NwG

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Christian Carlosâ„¢

@ccarlos_2

RIP James Avery, I will always remember you as Uncle Phil. Gone but never forgotten.

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@eyeamjigsaw

RIP James Avery aka Uncle Phil, thank you for giving us one of the best TV shows of all-time. í ½í¸”

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prettylulu

@wamderful_

never will you be forgotten, rest in paradise uncle phil í ½í±¼í ½í¹

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RIP to the legend James Avery. Forever Uncle Phil.

— MicahSingleton (@Micah Singleton)

Micah Singleton

@MicahSingleton

RIP to the legend James Avery. Forever Uncle Phil.

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7. One of his scenes was repeatedly mentioned as one of the most emotional many had seen on TV.

That hug uncle Phil gave when Will said "How come he don't want me man?" Dog...

— iAmChrisNeal (@Pastor Chris Neal)

Pastor Chris Neal

@iAmChrisNeal

That hug uncle Phil gave when Will said “How come he don’t want me man?” Dog…

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My favorite scene in Television uncle Phil's hug was unscripted. Rest in peace http://t.co/d3ERCIIJot

— Mik3Rosario (@Mike Rosario)

Mike Rosario

@Mik3Rosario

My favorite scene in Television uncle Phil’s hug was unscripted. Rest in peace http://t.co/d3ERCIIJot

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Man, when Uncle Phil gave Will that hug after Will's dad walked out again....I tear up every time

— NotAKop (@Sean)

Sean

@NotAKop

Man, when Uncle Phil gave Will that hug after Will’s dad walked out again….I tear up every time

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In the Fresh Prince scene when Will ranted to Uncle Phil about his dad, that hug at the end? It wasn't scripted. James Avery was THAT moved.

— Ms_Toni (@Angelina Fauxlie)

Angelina Fauxlie

@Ms_Toni

In the Fresh Prince scene when Will ranted to Uncle Phil about his dad, that hug at the end? It wasn’t scripted. James Avery was THAT moved.

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The scene in Fresh Prince after Will's dad leaves and he and Uncle Phil hug is one of my favourites of all time in tv

— 27LittleDreamer (@The Little Dreamer)

The Little Dreamer

@27LittleDreamer

The scene in Fresh Prince after Will’s dad leaves and he and Uncle Phil hug is one of my favourites of all time in tv

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You can't not tear up after watching that scene. The big Uncle Phil hug? Can't not feel it.

— JoeSoFla (@Joe)

Joe

@JoeSoFla

You can’t not tear up after watching that scene. The big Uncle Phil hug? Can’t not feel it.

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14. But most of all, people remembered the laughs he gave them.

Hope my dad throws my next date out the house in memory of Uncle Phil

— girllovesports (@Ashley Nicole)

Ashley Nicole

@girllovesports

Hope my dad throws my next date out the house in memory of Uncle Phil

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RIP Uncle Phil, a man who provided many a laugh in the 90s and still does. #RIPJamesAvery

— thebrownarch (@Amrit Seera)

Amrit Seera

@thebrownarch

RIP Uncle Phil, a man who provided many a laugh in the 90s and still does. #RIPJamesAvery

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'Uncle Phil' ...20+years ago you co-stared a show called 'the fresh prince of bel-air'...still makes me laugh till today, Rip james Avery

— My_swaggturnt (@Emmanuel Patrick #17)

Emmanuel Patrick #17

@My_swaggturnt

‘Uncle Phil’ …20+years ago you co-stared a show called ‘the fresh prince of bel-air’…still makes me laugh till today, Rip james Avery

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One of my ALL TIME favorite shows, uncle phil could always make me laugh! cant believe we lost you #RIPJamesAvery

— TeenBlockhead (@asya)

asya

@TeenBlockhead

One of my ALL TIME favorite shows, uncle phil could always make me laugh! cant believe we lost you í ½í¸” #RIPJamesAvery

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James Avery,Uncle Phil to us, thanks for teaching us so many lessons and making us laugh. You were a big part of my childhood #RIPUnclePhil

— Marielle922 (@Marielle)

Marielle

@Marielle922

James Avery,Uncle Phil to us, thanks for teaching us so many lessons and making us laugh. You were a big part of my childhood #RIPUnclePhil

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RIP, James Avery. A whole generation grew up on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Uncle Phil was like everyone's uncle. Sad news.

— SleepIsForRich (@MillionDollarKidひ)

MillionDollarKidひ

@SleepIsForRich

RIP, James Avery. A whole generation grew up on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Uncle Phil was like everyone’s uncle. Sad news.

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Uncle Phil greatest Uncle of all time, rest in paradise.

— Kiddd_Calvo (@Jan25th)

Jan25th

@Kiddd_Calvo

Uncle Phil greatest Uncle of all time, rest in paradise.

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