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Ashton Kutcher and James Avery in That '70s Show (1998)James Avery in Eli Stone (2008)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 and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James AveryJames AveryJames AveryJames Avery and Sherman Hemsley at The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)James Avery in Grey's Anatomy (2005)James Avery in Grey's Anatomy (2005)James Avery and Sandra Oh in Grey's Anatomy (2005)James Avery in Grey's Anatomy (2005)James Avery, D.C. Douglas, and Kearran Haze in King's Pawn (1999)James AveryJames AveryTatyana Ali, James Avery, and Karyn ParsonsJames Avery, Raven-Symoné, and Rondell Sheridan in That's So Raven (2003)James AveryJames Avery, D.C. Douglas, and Glenn Morshower in King's Pawn (1999)Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, and Daphne Reid 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, Rusty Schwimmer, and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, James Avery, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Karen Malina White in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith and James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Joseph Marcell, Karyn Parsons, and Daphne Reid 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)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, Diedrich Bader, Janet Hubert, Jenifer Lewis, and Vernee Watson 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, 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, Mike Gomez, Ed Marinaro, and Betty Thomas in Hill Street Blues (1981)James Avery and Betty Thomas in Hill Street Blues (1981)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, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Janet Hubert, and Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, and Janet Hubert 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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