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Corey Haim and James Avery in License to Drive (1988)James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Ashton Kutcher and James Avery in That '70s Show (1998)James Avery in Eli Stone (2008)Damon Wayans and James Avery in My Wife and Kids (2001)Will Smith, Nia Long, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Daphne Reid, and Vernee Watson in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Boyz II Men in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Reid, and Glenn Shadix in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, James Avery, and Virginia Capers in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Jenifer Lewis, and Daphne Reid in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Alfonso Ribeiro and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Barbara Montgomery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Tatyana Ali, James Avery, and Diedrich Bader in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Alfonso Ribeiro and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Sherman Hemsley in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, and Virginia Capers in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Tatyana Ali and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, and Tom Virtue in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Craig Kirkwood, and Joseph Marcell in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Peggy Blow, and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Peggy Blow, and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Andre Rosey Brown in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, Obaka Adedunyo, James Avery, Janet Hubert, Karyn Parsons, and DJ Jazzy Jeff in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Betty Thomas in Hill Street Blues (1981)James Avery, Mike Gomez, Ed Marinaro, and Betty Thomas in Hill Street Blues (1981)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, James Avery, and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery and Daphne Reid in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, James Avery, and Janet Hubert in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and DJ Jazzy Jeff in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery, Diedrich Bader, Jenifer Lewis, and Charlayne Woodard in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Diedrich Bader, Janet Hubert, Jenifer Lewis, and Vernee Watson in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Janet Hubert, Karyn Parsons, and Vernee Watson in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
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Biography

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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