Uncle Phil!! Philly will never be the same…

James Avery (November 27, 1945 or 1948 – December 31, 2013)



It’s a couple days late, but actor and #1 TV dad from the 90’s passed away December 31. It was super sad to hear the news about one of the beloved actors leaving us after complications from open heart surgery. We will get to see Mr. Avery again on the big screen one last time. His final film contribution for his up coming movie Wish I Was Here written by Zack Braff.

Now something that caught me off guard and I can’t believe I didn’t catch it earlier. But James Avery was the voice of SHREDDER in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 TV series. Can you believe it? Now that I know it, it is sooo fucking awesome. I totally hear it now. And yes.. I STILL watch the series. That’s the awesome thing about being a dad. I get to re-live all the childhood awesomeness. Thank you internet! Did you also know that TMNT was released under the name Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK. The more you know… LOL.

R.I.P to the Honorable Philip Banks. Thanks for some awesome memories.