James Avery

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James L. Avery, Sr. (born November 27, 1948) is 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 show 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 original 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 the popular sitcom That '70s Show.

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Acting Credits

2013
Dr. Beckett

2013
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer
Judge Parsons

2013
Go, Bolivia, Go!
Commissioner Morocco

2011
Harry's Law (TV Show)
Fred Billings

2011
Gordon

2011
Ninja Master Head

2011
Valediction (Short Film)
Edward

2010
Mark Hanley

2010
Modelo Snipes

2010
Not Your Time (Short Film)
Haig

2009
The Chancellor

2009
Sherri (TV Show)
Redmond

2008
Eli Stone (TV Show)
Mason Andrews

2008
His Good Will (Short Film)
Mr. Cooper

2007
Rev. Matthews

2007
Caddy Mack

2006
Teddy Johnson

2006
Judge Sanderson

2006
Uncle John

2006
Take 3 (TV Movie)
Judge Sanderson

2005
Gus Winter

2005
George

2005
Vice President

2005
Grey's Anatomy (TV Show)
Sam

2005
Living with Fran (TV Show)
Mr. Bryant

2005
The Closer (TV Show)
Dr. Crippen

2005
A Christmas Wish (Short Film)
Angel

2004
Seymour Gold

2004
Mr. Gantry

2003
Roscoe

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

2003
That's So Raven (TV Show)
Presto

2002
Nancy Drew (TV Movie)
Prof. Shifflin

2001
Eldon

2001
Larry Dukes

2001
Epoch (TV Movie)
Dr. Solomon Holt

2001
Crossing Jordan (TV Show)
Dr. Erkhart

2001
My Wife and Kids (TV Show)
Professor Tillman

2001
Philly (TV Show)
Dean Mark Clivner

2001
Reba (TV Show)
Judge Samuel Bennett

2001
General K'Vagh

2001
The Division (TV Show)
Charles Haysbert

2001
Keewazi

2001
The Nightmare Room (TV Show)
Narrator

2001
The Proud Family (TV Show)
Crandall Smythe

2001
Chasing Sunsets
Mr. Burken

2000
Mr. Warner

2000
Preston Cash

2000
Girlfriends (TV Show)
Dr. Couch

2000
Soul Food (TV Show)
Walter Carter

2000
Street Smarts (TV Show)
Contestant

2000
Strong Medicine (TV Show)
Harold Jenkins

2000
Bull
Prof. Gilbert Granville

1999
Cappy

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

1999
King's Pawn (TV Movie)
Cecil

1999
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1998
Slow

1998
Additional Voices

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

1998
You Lucky Dog (TV Movie)
Calvin Bridges

1998
Charmed (TV Show)
Zola

1998
For Your Love (TV Show)
Rev. Hicks

1998
One World (TV Show)
William Richard

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

1998
Gorilla

1998
Judge

1998
Judge Christopher Washington

1997
Dr. Glidden

1997
Dharma & Greg (TV Show)
Walter

1997
Danny

1997
Pepper Ann (TV Show)
Mr. Clapper

1996
Gor-illa

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

1996
Reverend

1995
Mr. Steve Yeager

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

1995
Murder One (TV Show)
Judge Nathaniel Alexander

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

1994
Aladdin (TV Show)
Haroud Hazi Bin

1994
School policeman

1994
Gargoyles (TV Show)
The Shaman

1994
Iron Man (TV Show)

1994
Chess Player

1993
Agent Noah Hollander

1993
Fred Ferby

1993
NYPD Blue (TV Show)
Steve Pines

1991
Midnight Rider

1991
Roc (TV Show)
Dale Hammers

1991
Sir Bryant, Gawain's Opponent, Morgana's Servant

1990
Philip Banks

1990
Capital News (TV Movie)
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1990
To My Daughter (TV Movie)
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1989
Roe vs. Wade (TV Movie)
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1989
The Karate Kid (TV Show)
Additional Characters

1989
FM (TV Show)
Quentin Lamoreaux

1989
Turn Back the Clock (TV Movie)
Physical Therapist

1988
Les' DMV Examiner

1988
Sonny Spoon (TV Show)
Lieutenant

1988
Narrator, Charles Hamilton Houston

1988
Heart and Soul (TV Movie)
Harlan Sinclair

1987
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1987
Darryl

1987
Clarence

1987
Timestalkers (TV Movie)
Blacksmith

1987
A Different World (TV Show)
The Pin Punisher

1987
Winslow

1987
Lieutenant

1987
Shredder, Pietro Calzone, Splinter

1987
Detective Wood

1987
Jake's M.O.
Abel Barnes

1986
Deputy D.A.

1986
Security Guard

1986
Joe

1986
Condor (TV Movie)
Cas

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

1986
Additional Voices

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

1986
Rambo (TV Show)
Turbo

1986
Judge, Killerwatt

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

1986
Gulch

1986
Hank Dudney

1985
Connors

1985
Detective #2

1985
Space (TV Show)
Jean-Marie

1985
227 (TV Show)
Jo-Jo

1985
Amazing Stories (TV Show)
Chief Hansen

1985
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1985
Moonlighting (TV Show)
Reuben King

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

1985
Street Hawk (TV Show)
Councilman Waters

1985
Kicks (TV Movie)
Stanley

1984
Brothers (TV Show)
Bubba, Bubba Dean

1984
Hokuto no Ken (TV Show)
Fang

1984
Legmen (TV Show)
No Neck

1984
Night Court (TV Show)
Judge Hopkins

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

1983
Mardian

1983
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1983
Nabuti

1983
The A-Team (TV Show)
Quint

1983
Webster (TV Show)
Judge

1982
Newhart (TV Show)
Construction Worker

1982
St. Elsewhere (TV Show)
Mental Patient

1982
Gabriel

1981
Cagney & Lacey (TV Show)
Mr. Berwin

1981
Hill Street Blues (TV Show)
Tolliver

1981
Simon & Simon (TV Show)
Roy, Huey

1980
Man dancing outside Ray's shop

1980
Man Playing Pinball

1979
Charlie

1978
Dallas (TV Show)
Judge Fowler

1977
Headman

1975
The Jeffersons (TV Show)
Coleman

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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
EthnicityBlack
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, Poet
Occupation CategoryActor
Claim to FamePhilip Banks On The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

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