James Avery

James Avery

Highest Rated: 40% Extremities (1986)

Lowest Rated: 6% Who's Your Caddy? (2007)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1945

Birthplace: Pughsville, Virginia, USA

Burly African-American character player of TV with a richly resonant voice. Avery has been a familiar face since the mid-1980s as a frequent TV guest star usually playing a cop, judge or clergyman. He had recurring roles on shows as diverse as "L.A. Law," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Amen." Avery is best known as Phillip Banks, the uncle of Will Smith on the hit sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). His character was a proud self-made success story who skillfully walks the delicate line between being a positive role model as a strong Black father figure and the butt of humor as a pompous windbag. After the show's demise, Avery once again portrayed a patriarch, this time as the father in a family of lawyers who served an inner-city community on the UPN sitcom "Sparks" (1996-98). Avery honed his acting skills as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland before segueing to commercials and TV. He worked on several cartoons ("Going Bananas"; "Hulk Hogan's Rock'N'Wrestling"; "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") before landing a stint as a primetime series regular on the sitcom "FM." Even here his voice was an integral part of his role as he played a radio personality who hosted two shows--one as a polished classical host and the other as a funky reggae deejay. Avery has also had small roles in several features beginning with "The Stunt Man" (1980) and continuing with films including "Three for the Road" (1987) and "License to Drive" (1988). He worked steadily as a character actor in both film and television after the end of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," including a recurring role as a doctor in the police procedural "The Closer" (TNT 2005-2012). James L. Avery died of complications from open-heart surgery on December 31, 2013, shortly after completing work on Zach Braff's feature "Wish I Was Here" (2014).

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer Judge Parsons (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Your Time Haig (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 35% Let the Game Begin Mark Hanley (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet His Good Will Mr. Cooper (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 43% Divine Intervention Rev. Matthews (Character) - 2007
6% 59% Who's Your Caddy? Caddy Mack (Character) $5.7M 2007
No Score Yet 57% Think Tank Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 56% Restraining Order Judge Sanderson (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 17% Lethal Eviction Gus Winter (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 5% The Third Wish George (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 14% Wheelmen Vice President (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 61% Nancy Drew Prof. Shifflin (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeybee Larry Dukes (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 73% Dancing in September Mr. Warner (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 16% Epoch Dr. Solomon Holt (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 21% The Advanced Guard Fred (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 63% You Lucky Dog Calvin Bridges (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 47% Spirit Lost Dr. Glidden (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 52% A Friend to Die For Agent Gilwood (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Experience Charles Hamilton Houston (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without Warning: Terror in the Towers Fred Ferby (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 43% Little Miss Millions Agent Noah Hollander (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simple Justice Charles Hamilton Houston (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet To My Daughter Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Earl (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 45% Three for the Road Clarence (Character) $724.5K 1987
No Score Yet 0% Deadly Daphne's Revenge Detective Wood (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 27% Body Count Unknown (Character) - 1987
40% 65% Extremities Security Guard (Character) $12.2M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stoogemania Gulch (Character) - 1985

TV

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84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brian McKnight Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unscripted Guest 2010
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Mason Andrews (Guest Star) 2008
82% 81% The Closer Dr. Crippen (Guest Star) 2005-2007
57% 78% Star Trek: Enterprise Gen. K'Vagh (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet All of Us Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Steve Pines (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 78% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
64% No Score Yet All About the Andersons Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Judge Samuel Bennett (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2000
64% No Score Yet Philly Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Crandall Smythe (Guest Voice) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 72% Bull Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet One World Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Your Love Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
15% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sparks Alonzo Sparks (Character) 1996-1998
No Score Yet 93% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Philip Banks (Character) 1990-1996
91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 85% Aladdin Unknown (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet FM Quentin Lamoreaux (Character) 1989-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 89% Beauty and the Beast Winslow (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rambo: The Force of Freedom Turbo (Voice) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Charlie (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Coleman (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Things We Do for Love Unknown (Character)

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