Besides being The Fresh Prince, Will Smith is a talented comedian and drama actor and an astonishing producer. He has won four Grammy awards and showed off his dance talent, and singing abilities in the 1997 hit “Men In Black.”
Smith is back in the music industry and is working on an autobiography film, and according to rumors, it is going to be a great success. He has 3 children and is happily married to Jada Pinkett Smith ( who we don’t really need to introduce.)
The Fresh Prince
Will Smith was (and still is) the star of the show. One of the best-known and loved all-American film actors, who has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. In the 1980s, he started out as a rapper under the stage name of The Fresh Prince, and then came his grand breakthrough.
In 1990 the TV sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" came to life, and Will Smith became Will Smith. He played a laid-back, street-smart rapper that managed to charm the viewers and bring the show to a huge success.
Phill (James Avery) was the Fresh Prince's uncle. Uncle Phil was the opposite of Will. He was level-headed and very protective. On the one hand, loving and caring, but on the other strict and narrow-minded.
Uncle Phil and Will provided loads of inspiring and educational scenes throughout the show and resembled more of a Father-Son (even though they were uncle and nephew) relationship than anything else.
Not many people know, but James Avey was not only an actor, but he was also a well-known poet. Best known for his roles of Uncle Phil (Phill Banks) in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and many more.
James didn't have any biological children and became his wife's (Barbara) son's (Kevin Waters) stepfather. In 2013 James Avey passed away at the age of 68 following complications during surgery. Will Smith said at James's funeral that every person in the world needs an Uncle Phil in his life.
To us all, Vivian Banks was Aunt Viv. The most recognizable scenes of Vivian were the ones of her jumping up and down with her two sisters whenever they got excited over something. Will (Smith) would join in occasionally, turning the scene from being funny to being hilarious.
Vivian was the warm-hearted mother and Aunt for the first three seasons of the show (later replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid.) With a beautiful voice and a great sense of humor, Vivian's character made the show complete.