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James Avery

1945-11-27 Pughsville [now Suffolk], Virginia, USA

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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 TVsitcomThe 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 That '70s Show.


Wish I Was Here Audition Actor #2 2014-07-18
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Dr. Beckett 2013-04-20
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer Judge Parsons 2013-08-03
Stars In Shorts Haig 2012-09-28
Not Your Time Haig 2010-09-24
Steppin : The Movie The Chancellor 2009-05-19
Divine Intervention Rev. Matthews 2008-03-25
Who's Your Caddy? Caddy Mack 2007-07-27
Danika Teddy Johnson 2006-06-10
Think Tank Uncle John 2006-04-21
Lethal Eviction Gus Winter 2005-03-10
The Third Wish George 2005-04-22
Wheelmen Vice President 2005-06-03
Raise Your Voice Mr. Gantry 2004-08-10
Hair Show Seymour Gold 2004-10-17
Nancy Drew Prof. Shifflin 2002-12-15
Dancing in September Mr. Warner 2001-02-03
The Nightmare Room: Scareful What You Wish For R.L. Stine 2001-08-31
Honeybee 2001-06-12
Dr. Dolittle 2 Eldon 2001-06-22
Epoch Dr. Solomon Holt 2001-11-24
Out in Fifty Cappy 1999-06-22
The Prince of Egypt Additional Voices (voice) 1998-12-16
The Advanced Guard Fred, Captive Security Guard 1998-03-21
You Lucky Dog Calvin Bridges 1998-06-27
Spirit Lost Dr. Glidden 1997-03-24
Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale The Headman 1995-02-25
A Friend to Die For Agent Gilwood 1994-09-24
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Chess Player 1994-05-06
Midnight Ramble Narrator 1994-10-26
Without Warning: Terror in the Towers Fred Derby 1993-05-26
Little Miss Millions Agent Noah Hollander 1993-11-27
The Linguini Incident Phil 1991-05-01
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids The Shredder 1991-08-31
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Lt. Coberly 1991-06-08
To My Daughter Ian Mellon 1990-11-26
Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Earl 1989-02-05
License to Drive Les' DMV examiner 1988-07-06
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Halfshell The Shredder 1988-08-11
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Epic Begins The Shredder 1988-11-11
Deadly Daphne's Revenge Detective Wood 1987-01-01
Nightflyers Darryl 1987-10-23
Timestalkers Blacksmith 1987-03-10
Three for the Road Clarence 1987-04-10
Stoogemania Gulch 1986-01-01
Condor Cas 1986-08-10
The Ladies Club Joe 1986-04-01
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Hank Dudney 1986-05-19
8 Million Ways to Die Deputy D.A. 1986-04-25
The 11th Commandment Attendant 1986-03-25
Extremities Security Guard 1986-08-22
Appointment with Fear Connors 1985-10-25
Fletch Detective #2 1985-05-31
Kicks Stanley 1985-03-11
Laugh Busters 1984-09-01
Antony and Cleopatra Mardian 1983-01-01
The Stunt Man Man Playing Pinball (uncredited) 1980-06-27