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Homeland, is a drama thriller television series that  follows Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who, after conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center in Langley, Virginia. In Iraq, Carrie was warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda.


Carrie's job grows complicated when her boss, Director of the Counterterrorism Center David Estes, calls Carrie and her colleagues in for an emergency briefing. Carrie learns that Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant who had been reported as missing in action since 2003, has been rescued during a Delta Force raid on a compound belonging to terrorist Abu Nazir. Carrie comes to believe that Brody is the American prisoner of war whom her asset in Iraq was talking about. However, the federal government and her superiors at the CIA consider Brody a war hero.


Realizing it would be nearly impossible to convince her boss to place Brody under surveillance, Carrie approaches the only other person she can trust, her mentor Saul Berenson. The two must now work together to investigate Brody and prevent another terrorist attack on American soil.

Best known for his role as Uncle Phil on the hit 90’s sitcom, Avery played the honourable Phillip Banks who started out as a lawyer and eventually became a judge. The hilarious sit-com ran from 1990-1996.

Cynthia Snyder, Avery’s publicist, told the associated Press that his death was due to complications from an open heart surgery in Glendale, California. He was 68, Snyder confirmed.

Cynthia went on to say that Avery never stopped working. In the last year, he has done three movies. The latest one, an indie film “Wish I was here” will premier this month.

Avery’s acting life has been a huge success; with a deep voice and the talented actor he was, he has played doctors, lawyers and professors. Some of his film credits include Grey’s Anatomy, L.A Lawyers, That 70’s Show, The Jeffersons, That’s So Raven and so many more. He also voiced Shredder from the original TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Almost everyone that watched him have fell in love with the characters that he has played.

Alfonso Ribeiro, Avery’s Co-star, who played the role of his son Carlton on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, tweeted on Thursday (2/1/14):

“I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”

Tatyana Ali, who played Avery’s daughter Ashley  on “Fresh prince”, also tweeted

“James was my teacher my protector & the most magnificent actor. We're feeling his loss very deeply. He'll always be a part of me #JamesAvery”.

James Avery has left behind his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery, his mother, Florence Avery and his stepson Kevin Waters.

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