Where Are They Now? 10 Of Our Favorite TV Dads From Classic Black Comedies

June 13, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

With Father’s Day right around the corner (seriously, have you picked up a gift yet?), we thought we’d take a minute out to shout out some of our favorite black TV dads who made some of our favorite shows even better and see what they’re looking like now. Some of them we’ve highlighted in previous “Where Are They Now?” profiles, some of them we haven’t, but all of them are familiar faces we thought were outstanding dads in one way or another (and we thought we’d stick to the ones still in the world).


James Avery as Uncle Phil/Philip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

“Big ‘ol uncle Phil was always known for his temper, but good heart. While he might throw Jazz out by his shirt and snap at Will at any given moment, he was also there for Will when he needed him (remember the episode where Will’s dad bailed on him??). After the show ended, Avery worked on the show “Sparks,” guest starred on “That ’70s Show,” “The Closer,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and also did movies including Hair Show and Who’s Your Caddy? He’s still working and still doing big things.”



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  • texastea

    Is it true that John Amos was/is g4y?

  • kiki j

    She didn’t leave anyone out! It was nice going down memory lane. Each click i found myself singing the theme music to the show lol. #80’s baby!

    • Lateshia

      Same here. I miss the hell out of UPN they did bring a lot of black TV shows. I love One on One it was great to see a single dad raising their kid that was different. I think Rondell Sheridan should be on this list (the father on My Cousin Skeeter and That’s So Raven) he play a great TV dad.

  • Gigi

    Nice! I enjoyed this.