James Avery Biography

Birthday: 1948-11-27
Place of Birth: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Height: 6' 5" (1.96 m)
Wiki 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, California and began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. He won an Emmy for production during his tenure there and deservedly won a scholarship to the University of California at San Diego from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and Literature. (Sidenote: His wife Barbara is the Dean of Student Life at California's Loyola Marymount University.) In addition to his sitcom popularity, he has lent his voice to over a dozen animated television series and features. He also has been the primary host of the popular PBS travel and adventure series "Going Places" (1997). Armed with a diverse resume of credits, James Avery remains a unique creative force as convincing a comedian as he is a Shakespearean character.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Rambo Turbo 1986 - 1986
Three for the Road 1987 Drama
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Shredder / ... 1987 - 1996
FM Quentin Lamoreaux 1989 - 1990
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Philip Banks / ... 1990 Comedy
Capital News 1990 Drama
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Philip Banks 1991 - 1992 Comedy
Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Bryant 1991 - 1994 Animation
Nobodys Watching Himself 2006
Nobody's Watching Himself 2006
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Appointment with Fear Connors 1985 Horror
Extremities 1986 Game Show
The Eleventh Commandment Larry 1986 Thriller
8 Million Ways to Die 1986 Action, Adventure, Crime
Three for the Road 1987 Drama, Comedy
Nightflyers 1988 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
License to Drive 1988 Comedy
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Lt. Coberly 1991 Fantasy, Action, Adventure
The Linguini Incident 1991 Comedy, Crime
Little Miss Millions Agent Noah Hollander 1993 Comedy, Family
Spirit Lost Dr. Glidden 1997 Drama
You Lucky Dog 1998 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
The Prince of Egypt 1998 Animation, Adventure, Drama
Dancing in September Mr. Warner 2000
Out in Fifty Cappy 2000 Drama
Epoch 2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 Biography, 0, 0
Honeybee Larry Dukes 2001
Raise Your Voice 2004 Family, Music, Romance
Hair Show Seymour Gold 2004
Lethal Eviction Gus Winter 2005 Thriller
The Third Wish George 2005 Romance, Comedy
Wheelmen Vice President 2005 Comedy
Danika 2006 Reality Tv, Game Show
Restraining Order Judge Sanderson 2006 Drama
Think Tank Uncle John 2006 Comedy
Rambo 2008 0
Steppin: The Movie The Chancellor 2009 Comedy, Music
Let the Game Begin Mark Hanley 2010 Comedy, Drama, Mystery
The Grind Modelo Snipes 2010 Action, Crime, Drama