James Avery

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James LaRue Avery (November 27, 1945 – December 31, 2013) was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the patriarch and attorney (later judge) Philip Banks, Will Smith's character's uncle, in the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This character was ranked #34 in TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time." He also provided the voice of Shredder in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series, as well as War Machine in the animated series Iron Man and Junkyard Dog in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling. He also played Michael Kelso's commanding officer at the police academy late in the series run of That '70s Show.

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Filmography

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Acting Credits

2014
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2013
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013) (TV Movie)
Dr. Beckett

2013
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer
Judge Parsons

2013
Go, Bolivia, Go!
Commissioner Morocco

2011
Harry's Law (2011) (TV Show)
Fred Billings

2011
Things We Do for Love (2011) (TV Show)
Gordon

2011
The Problem Solverz (2011) (TV Show)
Ninja Master Head

2011
Valediction (2011) (Short Film)
Edward

2010
Mark Hanley

2010
The Grind (2010)
Modelo Snipes

2010
Not Your Time (2010) (Short Film)
Haig

2009
The Chancellor

2009
Sherri (2009) (TV Show)
Redmond

2008
Eli Stone (2008) (TV Show)
Mason Andrews

2008
His Good Will (2008) (Short Film)
Mr. Cooper

2007
Rev. Matthews

2007
Caddy Mack

2006
Danika (2006)
Teddy Johnson

2006
Judge Sanderson

2006
Think Tank (2006)
Uncle John

2006
Take 3 (TV Movie)
Judge Sanderson

2005
Gus Winter

2005
George

2005
Wheelmen (2005)
Vice President

2005
Grey's Anatomy (2005) (TV Show)
Sam

2005
Living with Fran (2005) (TV Show)
Mr. Bryant

2005
The Closer (2005) (TV Show)
Dr. Crippen

2005
A Christmas Wish (Short Film)
Angel

2004
Hair Show (2004)
Seymour Gold

2004
Mr. Gantry

2003
All About the Andersons (2003) (TV Show)
Roscoe

2003
All of Us (2003) (TV Show)
Lucas, Lucas, Tia's Father

2003
That's So Raven (2003) (TV Show)
Presto

2002
Nancy Drew (2002) (TV Movie)
Prof. Shifflin

2001
Eldon

2001
Honeybee (2001)
Larry Dukes

2001
Epoch (2001) (TV Movie)
Dr. Solomon Holt

2001
Crossing Jordan (2001) (TV Show)
Dr. Erkhart

2001
My Wife and Kids (2001) (TV Show)
Professor Tillman

2001
Philly (2001) (TV Show)
Dean Mark Clivner

2001
Reba (2001) (TV Show)
Judge Samuel Bennett

2001
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) (TV Show)
General K'Vagh

2001
The Division (2001) (TV Show)
Charles Haysbert

2001
The Legend of Tarzan (2001) (TV Show)
Keewazi

2001
The Nightmare Room (2001) (TV Show)
Narrator

2001
The Proud Family (2001) (TV Show)
Crandall Smythe

2001
Chasing Sunsets
Mr. Burken

2000
Mr. Warner

2000
Preston Cash

2000
Girlfriends (2000) (TV Show)
Dr. Couch

2000
Soul Food (2000) (TV Show)
Walter Carter

2000
Street Smarts (2000) (TV Show)
Contestant

2000
Strong Medicine (2000) (TV Show)
Harold Jenkins

2000
Bull
Prof. Gilbert Granville

1999
Out in Fifty (1999)
Cappy

1999
Family Law (1999) (TV Show)
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1999
Judging Amy (1999) (TV Show)
Mr. Ruff

1999
King's Pawn (1999) (TV Movie)
Cecil

1999
After Romeo (1999)
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1998
12 Bucks (1998)
Slow

1998
Additional Voices

1998
The Advanced Guard (1998) (TV Movie)
Fred, Captive Security Guard

1998
You Lucky Dog (1998) (TV Movie)
Calvin Bridges

1998
Charmed (1998) (TV Show)
Zola

1998
For Your Love (1998) (TV Show)
Rev. Hicks

1998
One World (1998) (TV Show)
William Richard

1998
That '70s Show (1998) (TV Show)
Officer Kennedy

1998
The Wild Thornberrys (1998) (TV Show)
Gorilla

1998
Judge

1998
Vengeance Unlimited (1998) (TV Show)
Judge Christopher Washington

1997
Spirit Lost (1997)
Dr. Glidden

1997
Dharma & Greg (1997) (TV Show)
Walter

1997
Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) (TV Show)
Danny

1997
Pepper Ann (1997) (TV Show)
Mr. Clapper

1996
Gor-illa

1996
Quack Pack (1996) (TV Show)
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1996
Sparks (1996) (TV Show)
Alonzo Sparks

1996
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) (TV Show)
Reverend

1995
Mr. Steve Yeager

1995
In the House (1995) (TV Show)
Sampson Stanton, Mediator

1995
Murder One (1995) (TV Show)
Judge Nathaniel Alexander

1994
A Friend to Die For (1994) (TV Movie)
Agent Gilwood

1994
Aladdin (1994) (TV Show)
Haroud Hazi Bin

1994
School policeman

1994
Gargoyles (1994) (TV Show)
The Shaman

1994
Iron Man (1994) (TV Show)

1994
Chess Player

1993
Agent Noah Hollander

1993
Fred Ferby

1993
NYPD Blue (1993) (TV Show)
Steve Pines

1991
Shout (1991)
Midnight Rider

1991
Phil

1991
Roc (1991) (TV Show)
Dale Hammers

1991
The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991) (TV Show)
Sir Bryant, Gawain's Opponent, Morgana's Servant

1990
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) (TV Show)
Philip Banks

1990
Capital News (1990) (TV Movie)
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1990
To My Daughter (1990) (TV Movie)
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1989
Earl

1989
Roe vs. Wade (1989) (TV Movie)
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1989
The Karate Kid (1989) (TV Show)
Additional Characters

1989
FM (1989) (TV Show)
Quentin Lamoreaux

1989
Turn Back the Clock (1989) (TV Movie)
Physical Therapist

1988
Les' DMV Examiner

1988
Sonny Spoon (1988) (TV Show)
Lieutenant

1988
The American Experience (1988) (TV Show)
Narrator, Charles Hamilton Houston

1988
Heart and Soul (TV Movie)
Harlan Sinclair

1987
Body Count (1987)
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1987
Nightflyers (1987)
Darryl

1987
Clarence

1987
Timestalkers (1987) (TV Movie)
Blacksmith

1987
A Different World (1987) (TV Show)
The Pin Punisher

1987
Beauty and the Beast (1987) (TV Show)
Winslow

1987
Jake and the Fatman (1987) (TV Show)
Lieutenant

1987
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (TV Show)
Shredder, Pietro Calzone, Splinter

1987
Detective Wood

1987
Jake's M.O.
Abel Barnes

1986
Deputy D.A.

1986
Extremities (1986)
Security Guard

1986
Fang

1986
Joe

1986
Condor (1986) (TV Movie)
Cas

1986
Amen (1986) (TV Show)
Rev. Crawford, Rev. Tom Crawford, Arnie Samples

1986
Additional Voices

1986
L.A. Law (1986) (TV Show)
Judge Michael Conover

1986
Rambo (1986) (TV Show)
Turbo

1986
The Real Ghost Busters (1986) (TV Show)
Judge, Killerwatt

1986
Valerie (1986) (TV Show)
Mr. Erdman, Judge N. Keller

1986
Stoogemania (1986)
Gulch

1986
Hank Dudney

1986
Larry

1985
Connors

1985
Fletch (1985)
Detective #2

1985
Space (1985) (TV Show)
Jean-Marie

1985
227 (1985) (TV Show)
Jo-Jo

1985
Amazing Stories (1985) (TV Show)
Chief Hansen

1985
George Burns Comedy Week (1985) (TV Show)
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1985
Moonlighting (1985) (TV Show)
Reuben King

1985
Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985) (TV Show)
The Junkyard Dog

1985
Street Hawk (1985) (TV Show)
Councilman Waters

1985
Kicks (1985) (TV Movie)
Stanley

1984
Brothers (1984) (TV Show)
Bubba, Bubba Dean

1984
Hokuto no Ken (1984) (TV Show)
Fang

1984
Legmen (1984) (TV Show)
No Neck

1984
Night Court (1984) (TV Show)
Judge Hopkins

1984
Spencer (1984) (TV Show)
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1984
Going Bananas (TV Show)
Hank

1983
Antony and Cleopatra (1983) (TV Movie)
Mardian

1983
Hardcastle and McCormick (1983) (TV Show)
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1983
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) (TV Show)
Nabuti

1983
The A-Team (1983) (TV Show)
Quint

1983
Webster (1983) (TV Show)
Judge

1982
Newhart (1982) (TV Show)
Construction Worker

1982
St. Elsewhere (1982) (TV Show)
Mental Patient

1982
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) (TV Show)
Gabriel

1981
Cagney & Lacey (1981) (TV Show)
Mr. Berwin

1981
Hill Street Blues (1981) (TV Show)
Tolliver

1981
Simon & Simon (1981) (TV Show)
Roy, Huey

1980
Man dancing outside Ray's shop

1980
The Stunt Man (1980)
Man Playing Pinball

1979
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) (TV Show)
Charlie

1978
Dallas (1978) (TV Show)
Judge Fowler

1977
ABC Weekend Specials (1977) (TV Show)
Headman

1975
The Jeffersons (1975) (TV Show)
Coleman

1954
Oliver

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Live with It (Short Film)
Dr. Leon

Producer Credits

2004
Guerrero Project, The
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Duncan will be touching down in Cape Town, and getting straight back on the next available flight. He will definitely be back in India for the next one-day international.


We're simply following through on that.


Growth will continue. To what degree, we don't know until it's here.


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First NameJames
Middle NameLaRue
Last NameAvery
Full Name at BirthJames L. Avery Sr.
Age68 (age at death)
Date of BirthNovember 27, 1945
BirthplacePughsville, Virginia, United States (Now Suffolk, Virginia, United States)
Date of DeathDecember 31, 2013
Location of DeathGlendale, California, United States
Cause of DeathComplications From Open Heart Surgery.
Height6' 5" (196 cm)
BuildLarge
Eye ColorBrown - Dark
Hair ColorSalt and Pepper
Star SignSagittarius
SexualityStraight
EthnicityBlack
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, Poet
Occupation CategoryActor
Claim to FamePhilip Banks On The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

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