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James Avery

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.

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Nov 27, 1945 In Pughsville [now Suffolk], Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Dallas 1978-04-02
Latest Project:
Movie Wish I Was Here 2014-01-18
Known For
Poster of Raise Your Voice
Poster of Dr. Dolittle 2
Poster of License to Drive
Poster of Deadly Daphne's Revenge
Movie Wish I Was Here Audition Actor #2 2014-01-18
Movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Dr. Beckett 2013-04-20
Movie Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer Judge Parsons 2013-08-03
Movie Stars In Shorts Haig 2012-09-28
Movie Not Your Time Haig 2010-09-24
Movie Steppin: The Movie The Chancellor 2009-05-19
Series Sherri Unknown 2009-10-05
Movie Divine Intervention Rev. Matthews 2008-03-25
Movie Who's Your Caddy? Caddy Mack 2007-07-27
Movie Danika Teddy Johnson 2006-06-10
Movie Think Tank Uncle John 2006-04-21
Series Living With Fran Unknown 2005-04-08
Movie Lethal Eviction Gus Winter 2005-03-10
Movie The Third Wish George 2005-04-22
Movie Wheelmen Vice President 2005-06-03
Series The Closer Dr. Crippen 2005-06-13
Movie Raise Your Voice Mr. Gantry 2004-08-10
Movie Hair Show Seymour Gold 2004-10-17
Series That's So Raven Presto 2003-01-17
Movie Nancy Drew Prof. Shifflin 2002-12-15
Series The Nightmare Room R.L. Stine 2001-08-01
Movie Dr. Dolittle 2 Eldon 2001-06-22
Movie The Nightmare Room: Scareful What You Wish For R.L. Stine 2001-08-31
Movie Dancing in September Mr. Warner 2001-02-03
Movie Honeybee Unknown 2001-06-12
Movie Epoch Dr. Solomon Holt 2001-11-24
Series Crossing Jordan Dr. Erkhart 2001-09-24
Series Star Trek: Enterprise General K'Vagh 2001-09-26
Series Philly Dean Mark Clivner 2001-09-25
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Preston Cash 2000-10-06
Movie Out in Fifty Cappy 1999-06-22
Movie The Advanced Guard Fred, Captive Security Guard 1998-03-21
Movie You Lucky Dog Calvin Bridges 1998-06-27
Series That '70s Show Officer Kennedy 1998-08-23
Movie The Prince of Egypt Additional Voices (voice) 1998-12-16
Series Charmed Zola 1998-10-07
Movie Spirit Lost Dr. Glidden 1997-03-24
Series Sparks Unknown 1996-08-26
Series Capitán Simio y los monos galácticos Unknown 1996-09-07
Movie Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale The Headman 1995-02-25
Movie Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Chess Player 1994-05-06
Movie A Friend to Die For Agent Gilwood 1994-09-24
Movie Midnight Ramble Narrator 1994-10-26
Movie Without Warning: Terror in the Towers Fred Derby 1993-05-26
Movie Little Miss Millions Agent Noah Hollander 1993-11-27
Movie The Linguini Incident Phil 1991-05-01
Movie Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time Lt. Coberly 1991-06-08
Series The Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Bryant 1991-09-03
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids The Shredder 1991-08-31
Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Philip Banks 1990-09-10
Movie Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Earl 1989-02-05
Movie License to Drive Les' DMV examiner 1988-07-06
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Halfshell The Shredder 1988-08-11
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Epic Begins The Shredder 1988-11-11
Series American Experience Narrator (voice) 1988-10-04
Movie Timestalkers Blacksmith 1987-03-10
Movie Deadly Daphne's Revenge Detective Wood 1987-01-01
Movie Three for the Road Clarence 1987-04-10
Movie Nightflyers Darryl 1987-10-23
Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (voice) 1987-09-10
Movie The Ladies Club Joe 1986-04-01
Movie The 11th Commandment Attendant 1986-03-25
Movie 8 Million Ways to Die Deputy D.A. 1986-04-25
Movie Stoogemania Gulch 1986-01-01
Series Rambo Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Hank Dudney 1986-05-19
Movie Extremities Security Guard 1986-08-22
Movie Condor Cas 1986-08-10
Movie Kicks Stanley 1985-03-11
Movie Fletch Detective #2 1985-05-31
Series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie Appointment with Fear Connors 1985-10-25
Series Going Bananas Hank 1984-09-15
Movie Antony and Cleopatra Mardian 1983-01-01
Series The A-Team Quint 1983-01-23
Movie The Stunt Man Man Playing Pinball (uncredited) 1980-06-27
Series Dallas Judge J. Fowler 1978-04-02