Philip "Zeke" Banks
Main Info
Full Name Phillip Banks
Occupation Lawyer (formerly)

Judge (currently)

Age 45-50 years old
Birth January 30th, 1945
Aliases Big Guy (Carlton)
Family Hattie Banks (mother)

Joe Banks (father)
Vivian Banks (wife)
Carlton Banks (son)
Nicky Banks (son)
Ashley Banks (daughter)
Hilary Banks (daughter)
Vy Smith (sister-in-law)
Helen Smith (sister-in-law)
Janice Smith (sister-in-law)
Eli Smith (father-in-law)
Will Smith (nephew)
Bobby Lewis (nephew)
Frank Schaffer, Jr. (nephew)
Lisa Wilkes (step-niece)

First Appearance The Fresh Prince Project
Last Appearance I, Done (Part 2)
Actor James Avery

Zeke "Phillip" Banks, also known as Uncle Phil, is a very quick tempered character throughout the whole show. Phillip often tends to lose his temper due to Will and Carlton's habit of annoying him and Hillary's stupidity and immaturity. Vivian is usually the only person that can calm Phillip when he loses his cool. Phillip is a very strict father, but a good father, and husband. Even though Phillip tends to lose his temper fairly quickly, he means well deep down, and he loves and cares deeply about his profession and family. Phillip also loves food and had a pet pig when he was a child. According to Hattie Banks, Phillip's childhood is filled with embarrassing stories. Phillip is very protective over his mother and his father is deceased. He is currently a judge and was a lawyer. He can be very cheap, but he does let it slide when he lets his daughter Hilary shops, even though it bothers and annoys him. Phillip is very obese, weighting around 300 pounds. His weight sometimes poses as a threat: For example, Phillip sat on his bed and the pressure of his weight caused the entire bed to come down on Will, Carlton and Hillary, Pinning them down to the point of no escape. He also accidentally sat on a rabbit, killing it and he sat on his nephew Will, although that was a punishment. While it's rarely shown aside from important moments, Phillip has had a history with the Civil Rights movement. In the Pilot episode, when Will calls him soft, Phillip calls him out on having Malcolm X posters when the latter saw and heard the man himself speak, A notion that seemed to surprise and impress Will. When a fellow activist calls him a sellout for working with the system, he tears into her verbally that while he no longer fights in the street anymore, those times were never forgotten and that he faced dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, as well as watching Harlem go up in flames. He instead during his time as a lawyer used his position to fight and win for fair housing, affirmative action and better health care.

Education: Edit

Phillip was accepted by Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, along with Talladega Tech. Phillip pursued his education at Princeton University. Phillip had no reason to why he didn't want to go to the other universities. We learn that Phillip went to Princeton University when he passes on his extremely large Princeton sweatshirt as gift to Carlton for getting accepted to Princeton. After he graduated from Princeton, he went to Harvard Law School and graduated. We also learn that in season 2 episode 2 The Mother of All Battles Phillip mentions the universities he got accepted to and that he also got accepted to Princeton. Phillip is currently a judge and was a former lawyer.

Notes Edit

  • Phillip Banks' relationship with Will is similar to Carl and Eddie Winslow. But sometimes their relationship is also similar to Carl and Steve Urkel.
  • Phillip Banks is similar to Cliff Huxtable on the cosby show and Carl Winslow on Family Matters.
  • Phillip and Carlton have a good relationship.
  • Phillip is a conservative Republican, just like his son Carlton Banks, although he ran as a Democrat when he ran against Carl Robertson.
  • He is fan of President Ronald Reagan and a neighbor of his. Reagan went to his house once during christmas.
  • Phillip also hates his mother-in-law and was glad she was dead, which he confesses to Will.
  • In Not with My Pig, You Don't, it is revealed that Phillip was raised in North Carolina, was nicknamed Zeke, had a pig named Melvin and was the first black president of the Young Farmers.
    • This same episode also reveals that Phillip stood his ground after having to pee really bad in a whites only bathroom during segregation. Though Phillip admits that he wasn't doing it to prove a point, Will acknowledges its similarity to Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on the front of the bus to a white passenger because her feet hurt. 

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