James AveryStar Trek guest star James Avery passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He suffered complications after heart surgery in November. Avery was 68 years old.

James Avery was best know for playing the role of Uncle Phil from the long-running 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He was also a poet and a Vietnam War veteran. Avery made two appearances on Star Trek when he portrayed K’Vagh, a general in the Klingon Defense Forces, in the Enterprise episodes “Affliction” and “Divergence.”

Avery was among the finalists for the role of Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

KVagh

Some of his other credits included:

  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Closer
  • L.A. Law
  • Fletch
  • Soul Food

His voice was heard in numerous animated projects, including:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Shredder
  • Gargoyles
  • Iron Man

James Avery, who was born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, is survived by Barbara Avery, his wife of 26 years, as well as his mother, Florence Avery, and stepson, Kevin Waters.

Source Star Trek.com