Geek News: James Avery (90s TMNT Shredder) Dead at 68

A picture of the actor James Avery next to an animation frame of Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

James Avery — The Shredder

Reports are indicating that James Avery, the actor who voiced the Shredder for the 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has died.

He is probably most famous for his role as Uncle Phil on the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but also served as the villain for several seasons TMNT. According to the reports he died after complications of open heart surgery on December 31, 2013.

Edit: It seems that the reports stemmed from  a tweet from Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, son of Avery’s character Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince:

 

As a staple of my childhood this is a bit of a blow and he will be missed. RIP Mr Avery.

EDIT: Correcting his age.

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