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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 Atlantic City - New Jersey - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Stunt Man 1980-06-27
Latest Project:
Movie Wish I Was Here 2014-01-18
Known For
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
Movie Divine Intervention Rev. Matthews 2008-03-25
Movie Danika Teddy Johnson 2006-06-10
Movie Lethal Eviction Gus Winter 2005-03-10
Movie Wheelmen Vice President 2005-06-03
Movie The Third Wish George 2005-04-22
Movie Raise Your Voice Mr. Gantry 2004-08-10
Movie Hair Show Seymour Gold 2004-10-17
Movie Nancy Drew Prof. Shifflin 2002-12-15
Movie Dancing in September Mr. Warner 2001-02-03
Movie Epoch Dr. Solomon Holt 2001-11-24
Movie Out in Fifty Cappy 1999-06-22
Movie The Advanced Guard Fred, Captive Security Guard 1998-03-21
Movie The Prince of Egypt Additional Voices (voice) 1998-12-16
Movie You Lucky Dog Calvin Bridges 1998-06-27
Movie Spirit Lost Dr. Glidden 1997-03-24
Series Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys 1996-09-07
Movie Death of a Cheerleader Agent Gilwood 1994-09-24
Series Aladdin Haroud Hazi Bin 1994-09-05
Movie Midnight Ramble Narrator 1994-10-26
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
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids The Shredder 1991-08-31
Series The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991-09-03
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 Three for the Road Clarence 1987-04-10
Movie Timestalkers Blacksmith 1987-03-10
Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (Voice) 1987-09-10
Movie Nightflyers Darryl 1987-10-23
Movie The Ladies Club Joe 1986-04-01
Movie Fist of the North Star Fang (1991) (voice: English version) 1986-03-08
Movie Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Hank Dudney 1986-05-19
Movie 8 Million Ways to Die Deputy D.A. 1986-04-25
Movie Condor Cas 1986-08-10
Series Rambo: The Force of Freedom 1986-09-15
Movie Extremities Security Guard 1986-08-22
Movie Kicks Stanley 1985-03-11
Movie Appointment with Fear Connors 1985-10-25
Movie Fletch Detective #2 1985-05-31
Movie Antony and Cleopatra Mardian 1983-01-01
Movie The Stunt Man Man Playing Pinball (uncredited) 1980-06-27
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