Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and as the voice of Shredder in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” TV series died Dec. 31.
James Avery, best known for his role as Philip Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died following complications from heart surgery. On the sitcom, he played a successful California lawyer whom his nephew, Will Smith’s character, is sent from Philadelphia to live with. Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.