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James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 65

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03:  Actor James Avery arrives at the Palm Pre Launch Event to Benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America held at Raleigh Studios on June 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) (Jason Merritt)
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Updated: 1/01 12:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday. She did not immediately know the cause of death or where he died. He was 65.

Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included "Fletch," ''The Prince of Egypt" and "8 Million Ways to Die."

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