Val Avery

Val Avery

Highest Rated: 93% Hombre (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% Lucky Lady (1975)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1924

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

With a career spanning almost 50 years and hundreds of screen credits, Val Avery was one of the most inexhaustible character actors of the 20th century. A flight instructor during World War II, Avery began his acting career in 1955 with a small part on an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents." Though you'd never know it from his smile, Avery's appearance often led him to take on tough-guy roles as thugs, Mafiosos, or hard-nosed cops. After a few small parts on TV Westerns such as "Zane Grey Theater" and "Rawhide," he was cast in a supporting role opposite Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning "Hud" in 1963. Living in New York City, Avery befriended influential indie filmmaker John Cassavetes, who subsequently cast him in several of his films, including the gritty drama "Faces" in 1968 and "Minnie and Moskowitz" in 1971. Avery appeared in episodes of many of the prominent crime dramas of the 1970s and '80s, with stints on everything from the detective series "Columbo" to the forensic show "Quincy M.E.." Though he was known for portraying thugs, he did occasionally break out of the mold, notably with a comic turn as a cop in Sidney Poitier's "Let's Do It Again" in 1975. His reputation as a character actor in New York led to obligatory appearances on "Law & Order" in the '90s, and in 1997 he was cast as a gangster in the critically acclaimed thriller "Donnie Brasco."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 41% In the Shadows Carlo Pierazzi (Character) - 2001
14% 42% Cobra Chief Halliwell (Character) $47.5M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courage Pete Solto (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Messenger Clark (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 27% Too Scared to Scream Dr. Richards (Character) - 1985
60% 58% Easy Money Louie the Bartender (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment Berlin Talaat (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 30% Jinxed! Milt Hawkins (Character) - 1982
73% 53% Continental Divide Yablonowitz (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 22% Choices Coach Rizzo (Character) - 1981
75% 79% The Chosen Teacher (Character) - 1981
86% 62% Sharky's Machine Det. Ted Roper (Character) - 1981
75% 73% Brubaker Wendel (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 40% Love and Bullets Caruso (Character) - 1979
30% 52% The Amityville Horror Sgt. Gionfriddo (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 49% Heroes Bus Driver (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed the Centerfold Model? Chuck Voit (Character) - 1977
56% 31% Harry and Walter Go to New York Chatsworth (Character) - 1976
63% 87% Let's Do It Again Lt. Bottomley (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 40% Russian Roulette Henke (Character) - 1975
0% 40% Lucky Lady Dolph (Character) - 1975
62% 64% Black Caesar Cardoza (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 11% Firehouse Sonny Caputo (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsport Frank Dorsdale (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Hillbilly John Cobart (Character) - 1972
74% 54% The Anderson Tapes Parelli (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 40% A Tattered Web Sgt. Harry Barnes (Character) - 1971
80% 85% Minnie and Moskowitz Zelmo Swift (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 57% A Dream of Kings Fatsas (Character) - 1969
83% 87% Faces Jim McCarthy (Character) - 1968
93% 80% Hombre Delgado (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones Morgan (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 36% Assault on a Queen Trench (Character) - 1966
83% 89% Hud Jose (cowhand) (Character) - 1963
78% 72% Too Late Blues Frielobe (Character) - 1962
89% 87% The Magnificent Seven Henry (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 74% Edge of the City Brother (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Ray Sullivan (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Steve (Character) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Vanaman (Guest Star) 1974 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Pawnshop Owner (Guest Star) 1974 1972
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Ralph Dobbs (Guest Star) 1974 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Elmo (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monty Nash Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Briggs (Guest Star) 1971 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Doner (Guest Star) 1969 1967 1965 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lancer Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Jim Ross (Guest Star) 1965-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Gene Hardy (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
83% 83% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
82% 95% The Twilight Zone The Bartender (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957

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