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James Avery (I) (1945–2013)


Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon leaving the military, he moved to San Diego, ... See full bio »

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 2014 Wish I Was Here
Audition Actor #2
 2013 Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer (TV Movie)
Judge Parsons
 2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie)
Dr. Beckett
 2012 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Judge Roy Daley
- Episode #1.10011 (2012) ... Judge Roy Daley
 2012 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Fred Billings
- Les Horribles (2012) ... Fred Billings
 2012 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Sam
- One Step Too Far (2012) ... Sam
 2011 Valediction (Short)
Edward
 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Video Game)
Br'er Bear (voice)
 2011 The Problem Solverz (TV Series)
Ninja Master Head
- Hide and Seek Ninjaz (2011) ... Ninja Master Head (voice)
 2011 Things We Do for Love (TV Series)
Gordon
- Funk Connection (2011) ... Gordon
- Movin In (2011) ... Gordon
- New Dad (2011) ... Gordon
 2010 Not Your Time (Short)
Haig
 2010 The Grind
Modelo Snipes
 2010 Let the Game Begin
Mark Hanley
 2009 Sherri (TV Series)
Redmond
- Thanks-for-Not-for-Nothing-Giving (2009) ... Redmond
- Dating Dad (2009) ... Redmond
- I Have a Dreamboard (2009) ... Redmond
- Pilot (2009) ... Redmond
 2009 Steppin: The Movie
The Chancellor
 2008/I Live with It (Short)
Dr. Leon
 2008 His Good Will (Short)
Mr. Cooper
 2007/I Divine Intervention
Rev. Matthews
 2007 Biker Mice from Mars (Video Game)
Cataclysm / Cat Commando (voice)
 2006 Take 3 (TV Movie)
Judge Sanderson
 2006 Danika
Teddy Johnson
 2006 Think Tank
Uncle John
 2006 Restraining Order
Judge Sanderson
 2005 Living with Fran (TV Series)
Mr. Bryant
- Learning with Fran (2005) ... Mr. Bryant
 2005 A Christmas Wish (Short)
Angel
 2005 The Third Wish
George
 2005 Lethal Eviction
Gus Winter
 2005 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Professor Tillman
- Study Buddy (2005) ... Professor Tillman
 2003-2004 All of Us (TV Series)
Lucas
- Parents Just Don't Understand (2004) ... Lucas
- I Saw Tia Kissing Santa Claus (2003) ... Lucas
 2004 That's So Raven (TV Series)
Presto
- Opportunity Shocks (2004) ... Presto
 2004 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Dr. Couch
- Maybe Baby (2004) ... Dr. Couch
 2004 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Steve Pines
- Great Balls of Ire (2004) ... Steve Pines
 2004 Raise Your Voice
Mr. Gantry
 2004 Charmed (TV Series)
Zola
- A Call to Arms (2004) ... Zola
 2004 That '70s Show (TV Series)
Officer Kennedy
- Happy Jack (2004) ... Officer Kennedy
- A Legal Matter (2004) ... Officer Kennedy
- Young Man Blues (2004) ... Officer Kennedy
 2003 All About the Andersons (TV Series)
Roscoe
- Flo's Dream (2003) ... Roscoe
 2001-2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
Walter Carter
- All Together Alone (2003) ... Walter Carter
- This Must Be Love (2002) ... Walter Carter
- Life Lessons (2001) ... Walter Carter
- Nice Work If You Can Get It (2001) ... Walter Carter
 2003 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Dr. Erkhart
- Conspiracy (2003) ... Dr. Erkhart
 2003 Reba (TV Series)
Judge Samuel Bennett
- The Feud (2003) ... Judge Samuel Bennett
 2002-2003 The Division (TV Series)
Charles Haysbert
- 'Till Death Do Us Part (2003) ... Charles Haysbert
- Sweet Sorrow (2002) ... Charles Haysbert
- Before the Deluge (2002) ... Charles Haysbert
- Long Day's Journey (2002) ... Charles Haysbert
- Angel Work (2002) ... Charles Haysbert
 2002 Nancy Drew (TV Movie)
Prof. Shifflin
 2002 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Mr. Ruff
- Damage Control (2002) ... Mr. Ruff
 2000-2002 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Walter
- Mission: Implausible (2002) ... Walter
- Love, Honor & Olé! (2000) ... Walter
 2001-2002 The Nightmare Room (TV Series)
Narrator
- Camp Nowhere: Part 2 (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
- My Name Is Evil (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
- Dear Diary, I'm Dead (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
- Locker 13 (2001) ... Narrator (voice)
- Four Eyes (2001) ... Narrator (voice)
 2002 Philly (TV Series)
Dean Mark Clivner
- Here Comes the Judge (2002) ... Dean Mark Clivner
 2001 Chasing Sunsets
Mr. Burken
 2001 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Crandall Smythe
- Spelling Bee (2001) ... Crandall Smythe (voice)
 2001 The Legend of Tarzan (TV Series)
Keewazi
- Tarzan and the Eagle's Feather (2001) ... Keewazi
- Tarzan and the Fountain (2001) ... (voice)
 2001 Epoch (TV Movie)
Dr. Solomon Holt
 2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
Eldon (as James L. Avery)
 2001 Honeybee
Larry Dukes
 2001 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Harold Jenkins
- Wednesday Night Fever (2001) ... Harold Jenkins
 2001 The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
Reverend
- Always and Forever (2001) ... Reverend
 2000 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (TV Series)
Judge
- Rescue Me (2000) ... Judge
 2000 One World (TV Series)
William Richard
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (2000) ... William Richard
 2000 Bull (TV Series)
Prof. Gilbert Granville
- What the Past Will Bring ... Prof. Gilbert Granville
 1999 After Romeo
 1999 Family Law (TV Series)
- Damages (1999)
 1999 Out in Fifty
Cappy
 1999 For Your Love (TV Series)
Rev. Hicks
- Mother Load (1999) ... Rev. Hicks
 1999 King's Pawn (TV Movie)
Cecil
 1999 Vengeance Unlimited (TV Series)
Judge Christopher Washington
- Legalese (1999) ... Judge Christopher Washington
 1998 The Prince of Egypt
Additional Voices (voice)
 1998 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Gorilla
- Valley Girls (1998) ... Gorilla (voice)
 1998 12 Bucks
Slow
 1998 Batman & Robin (Video Game) (voice)
 1998 You Lucky Dog (TV Movie)
Calvin Bridges
 1996-1998 In the House (TV Series)
Sampson Stanton / Mediator
- My Pest Friend's Wedding (1998) ... Sampson Stanton
- Love on a One-Way Street (1996) ... Mediator
 1998 The Advanced Guard (TV Movie)
Fred, Captive Security Guard
 1997 Extreme Ghostbusters (TV Series)
Danny
- Dry Spell (1997) ... Danny (voice)
 1997 Spirit Lost
Dr. Glidden
 1996 Quack Pack (TV Series)
- Hero Today, Don Tomorrow (1996) ... (voice)
 1996 Gargoyles (TV Series)
The Shaman
- Walkabout (1996) ... The Shaman (voice)
 1995 Murder One (TV Series)
Judge Nathaniel Alexander
- Chapter Five (1995) ... Judge Nathaniel Alexander
 1995 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Headman
- Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale (1995) ... Headman (voice)
 1995 The Brady Bunch Movie
Mr. Steve Yeager
 1994 Aladdin (TV Series)
Haroud Hazi Bin
- Egg-stra Protection (1994) ... Haroud Hazi Bin (voice)
- Poor Iago (1994) ... Haroud Hazi Bin (voice)
- Smolder and Wiser (1994) ... Haroud Hazi Bin (voice)
- Caught by the Tale (1994) ... Haroud Hazi Bin (voice)
 1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game)
Scar (voice)
 1993-1994 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator / Charles Hamilton Houston
- Midnight Ramble (1994) ... Narrator
- Simple Justice (1993) ... Charles Hamilton Houston
 1994 A Friend to Die For (TV Movie)
Agent Gilwood
 1991-1994 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series)
Sir Bryant / Gawain's Opponent / Morgana's Servant
- The Hinge of Fate (1994) ... Sir Bryant (voice, credit only)
- The Gathering Storm (1994) ... Sir Bryant (voice, credit only)
- The Spirit of Valor (1994) ... Sir Bryant (voice, credit only)
- The Death of Arthur (1994) ... Sir Bryant (voice, credit only)
- A New Dawn (1994) ... Sir Bryant (voice, credit only)
 1994 Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (TV Movie)
Chess Player
 1987-1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series)
Shredder / Pietro Calzone / Second Gunman / ...
- White Belt, Black Heart (1993) ... Shredder (voice)
- The Legend of Koji (1993) ... Shredder (voice)
- Night of the Dark Turtle (1993) ... Shredder (voice)
- Rust Never Sleeps (1992) ... Shredder (voice)
- A Real Snow Job (1992) ... Shredder (voice)
 1993 Little Miss Millions
Agent Noah Hollander
 1993 Without Warning: Terror in the Towers (TV Movie)
Fred Ferby
 1992 Roc (TV Series)
Dale Hammers
- The Car Accident from Heaven (1992) ... Dale Hammers
 1988-1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Michael Conover
- P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead (1992) ... Judge Michael Conover
- Spleen It to Me, Lucy (1991) ... Judge Michael Conover
- Lie Harder (1990) ... Judge Michael Conover
- Bang... Zoom... Zap (1990) ... Judge Michael Conover
- On Your Honor (1990) ... Judge Michael Conover
 1991 The Linguini Incident
Phil
 1991 Shout
Midnight Rider (voice)
 1990 To My Daughter (TV Movie)
 1989-1990 FM (TV Series)
Quentin Lamoreaux
- Off the Record (1990) ... Quentin Lamoreaux
- Sex, Lies and 35mm Slides (1990) ... Quentin Lamoreaux
- The Last Virgin (1990) ... Quentin Lamoreaux
- Let's Spend the Night Together (1990) ... Quentin Lamoreaux
- No Fool Like an April Fool (1990) ... Quentin Lamoreaux
 1990 Capital News (TV Movie)
 1990 Night Court (TV Series)
Judge Hopkins
- Wedding Bell Blues: Part 1 (1990) ... Judge Hopkins
 1989 Turn Back the Clock (TV Movie)
Physical Therapist
 1986-1989 Amen (TV Series)
Rev. Crawford / Rev. Tom Crawford / Arnie Samples
- Thelma Says I Do (1989) ... Rev. Crawford
- The Last Supper (1989) ... Rev. Crawford
- The Reverend Ernest Frye (1989) ... Rev. Crawford
- The Minister's Wife (1988) ... Rev. Tom Crawford
- Retreat, Heck! (1986) ... Arnie Samples
 1989 A Different World (TV Series)
The Pin Punisher
- To Have and Have Not (1989) ... The Pin Punisher
 1987-1989 Valerie (TV Series)
Mr. Erdman / Judge N. Keller
- License to Drive (1989) ... Mr. Erdman
- Hogan vs. Hogan (1987) ... Judge N. Keller
 1986-1989 The Real Ghost Busters (TV Series)
Judge / Killerwatt
- Jailbusters (1989) ... Judge (voice)
- Partners in Slime (1989) ... (voice)
- Killerwatt (1986) ... Killerwatt (voice, uncredited)
 1989 The Karate Kid (TV Series)
Additional Characters
- My Brother's Keeper (1989) ... Additional Characters (voice)
 1989 Splash Mountain (Video Game)
Br'er Frog (voice)
 1989 Roe vs. Wade (TV Movie)
 1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (TV Movie)
Earl
 1988 Sonny Spoon (TV Series)
Lieutenant
- Cheap & Chilly (1988) ... Lieutenant
 1988 Heart and Soul (TV Movie)
Harlan Sinclair
 1988 License to Drive
Les' DMV Examiner
 1988 227 (TV Series)
Jo-Jo
- My Aching Back (1988) ... Jo-Jo
 1988 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Winslow
- To Reign in Hell (1988) ... Winslow
- Fever (1988) ... Winslow
- The Alchemist (1988) ... Winslow
- Shades of Grey (1988) ... Winslow
 1988 Dallas (TV Series)
Judge Fowler
- Malice in Dallas (1988) ... Judge Fowler
 1987 Body Count
 1987 Deadly Daphne's Revenge
Detective Wood
 1987 Jake's M.O.
Abel Barnes
 1987 Nightflyers
Darryl
 1987 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Lieutenant
- Fatal Attraction (1987) ... Lieutenant
 1987 Three for the Road
Clarence
 1987 Timestalkers (TV Movie)
Blacksmith
 1986 Rambo (TV Series)
Turbo
- Horror of the Highlands (1986) ... Turbo (voice)
- Change of Face (1986) ... Turbo (voice)
- S.A.V.A.G.E. Space (1986) ... Turbo (voice)
- The Twin Within (1986) ... Turbo (voice)
- Sepulcher of Power (1986) ... Turbo (voice)
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Oliver
- Sunday Drive (1986) ... Oliver
 1986 Extremities
Security Guard
 1986/I Condor (TV Movie)
Cas
 1986 Stoogemania
Gulch
 1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (TV Movie)
Hank Dudney
 1986 8 Million Ways to Die
Deputy D.A.
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Chief Hansen
- Hell Toupee (1986) ... Chief Hansen
 1986 The Ladies Club
Joe
 1986 Fist of the North Star
Fang (1991) (English version, voice)
 1986 Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1985 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Reuben King
- Twas the Episode Before Christmas (1985) ... Reuben King
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Quint
- The Heart of Rock N' Roll (1985) ... Quint
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Assignment (1985)
 1985 Appointment with Fear
Connors
 1984-1985 Brothers (TV Series)
Bubba / Bubba Dean
- The Stranger (1985) ... Bubba
- You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (1984) ... Bubba Dean
 1985 Fletch
Detective #2
 1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Nabuti
- Murder Between Friends (1985) ... Nabuti
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Jean-Marie
- Part V (1985) ... Jean-Marie
 1985 Kicks (TV Movie)
Stanley
 1985 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Mr. Berwin
- Who Says It's Fair: Part 2 (1985) ... Mr. Berwin
 1985 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mental Patient
- Give the Boy a Hand (1985) ... Mental Patient (uncredited)
 1985 Street Hawk (TV Series)
Councilman Waters
- Pilot (1985) ... Councilman Waters (scenes deleted)
 1984 Spencer (TV Series)
 1984 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Charlie
- Cool Hands, Luke & Bo (1984) ... Charlie
 1984 Hokuto no Ken (TV Series)
Fang
- God or Demon!? The Strongest Man Appeared in Hell (1984) ... Fang (English version, voice)
 1984 Webster (TV Series)
Judge
- Webster Long: Part 2 (1984) ... Judge
 1984 Going Bananas (TV Series)
Hank
 1984 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
- Scared Stiff (1984)
 1983-1984 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Roy / Huey
- Harm's Way (1984) ... Roy
- Red Dog Blues (1983) ... Huey
 1984 Legmen (TV Series)
No Neck
- I Shall Be Re-Released (1984) ... No Neck
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Tolliver
- Fuchs Me? Fuchs You! (1984) ... Tolliver
- Nichols from Heaven (1984) ... Tolliver
- Ratman and Bobbin (1984) ... Tolliver
 1983 Antony and Cleopatra (TV Movie)
Mardian
 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Coleman
- Father Christmas (1983) ... Coleman
 1983 Newhart (TV Series)
Construction Worker
- Heaven Knows Mr. Utley (1983) ... Construction Worker
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
Gabriel
- God Save the Queen (1983) ... Gabriel
 1980 The Stunt Man
Man Playing Pinball (uncredited)
 1980 The Blues Brothers
Man dancing outside Ray's shop (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (41 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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Appearing as "Holloway" in August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, California. (May 2007) See more »

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