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James Avery

Philip "Phill" Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Photos James Avery Birth name: James Avery
Birth date: 1948/11/27
Date of death : 2013/12/31 (65 years old)
Birth place : Atlantic City New Jersey
Height: 1.94 m

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Biography for James Avery

Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and attorney "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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Title Role
Harvest Moon (2008) (in production) High Father
I Wanna Dance (2007) (announced) Big money Mike
Stride (2009) (post-production) George
Let the Game Begin (2008) (post-production) Mark Hanley
Steppin: The Movie (2008) (post-production) The Chancellor
Eli Stone Mason Andrews (1 episode, 2008)
Divine Intervention (2007/I) Rev. Matthews
Who's Your Caddy? (2007) Caddy Mack
The Closer Medical Examiner / ... (11 episodes, 2005-2007)
Danika (2006) Teddy Johnson
Think Tank (2006) Uncle John
Restraining Order (2006) Judge Sanderson
Living with Fran Mr. Bryant (1 episode, 2005)
A Christmas Wish (2005) Saint
A History of Black Achievement in America (2005) TV series Narrator
The Third Wish (2005) George
Lethal Eviction (2005) Gus
Enterprise General K'Vagh (2 episodes, 2005)
My Wife and Kids Professor Tillman (1 episode, 2005)
All of Us Lucas / ... (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
That's So Raven Presto Jones (1 episode, 2004)
Girlfriends Dr. Couch (1 episode, 2004)
Hair Show (2004) Seymour Gold
NYPD Blue Steve Pines (1 episode, 2004)
Raise Your Voice (2004) Mr. Gantry
Charmed Zola (1 episode, 2004)
That '70s Show Officer Kennedy (3 episodes, 2004)
All About the Andersons Roscoe (1 episode, 2003)
Street Smarts Contestant (1 episode, 2003)
Soul Food Walter Carter #2 (4 episodes, 2001-2003)
Crossing Jordan Dr. Erkhart (1 episode, 2003)
Reba Judge Samuel Bennett (1 episode, 2003)
The Division Charles Haysbert (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Nancy Drew (2002) (TV) Prof. Shifflin
Judging Amy Mr. Ruff (1 episode, 2002)
Dharma & Greg Waiter / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Philly Dean Mark Clivner (1 episode, 2002)
Wheelmen (2002) Vice President
The Proud Family Crandall Smythe (1 episode, 2001)
The Legend of Tarzan Keewazi (3 episodes, 2001)
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (as James L. Avery) Eldon
Honeybee (2001) Larry Dukes
Strong Medicine Harold Jenkins (1 episode, 2001)
The Jamie Foxx Show Reverend (1 episode, 2001)
Chasing Sunsets (2001) Mr. Burken
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Judge (1 episode, 2000)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Preston Cash (1 episode, 2000)
One World William Richard (1 episode, 2000)
Bull Prof. Gilbert Granville (1 episode)
Dancing in September (2000) Mr. Warner
Epoch (2000) (TV) Dr. Solomon Holt
Family Law (1 episode, 1999)
Pepper Ann Mr. Clapper (3 episodes, 1999)
For Your Love Rev. Hicks (1 episode, 1999)
King's Pawn (1999) (TV) Cecil
Vengeance Unlimited Judge Christopher Washington (1 episode, 1999)
After Romeo (1999)
Out in Fifty (1999) Cappy
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) Overseer
The Wild Thornberrys Gorilla (1 episode, 1998)
In the House Mediator / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
The Advanced Guard (1998) (TV) Fred, Captive Security Guard
12 Bucks (1998) Slow
You Lucky Dog (1998) (TV) Calvin
Extreme Ghostbusters Danny (1 episode, 1997)
Sparks Alonzo Sparks (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Father (1 episode, 1997)
Spider-Man Jim Rhodes / ... (1 episode, 1996)
Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys Gor-illa (2 episodes, 1996)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Philip Banks (141 episodes, 1990-1996)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (2 episodes, 1994-1996)
Gargoyles The Shaman (1 episode, 1996)
Spirit Lost (1996) Dr. Glidden
Murder One Judge Nathaniel Alexander (1 episode, 1995)
ABC Weekend Specials Headman (1 episode, 1984-1995)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) Mr. Steve Yeager
Aladdin Haroud Hazi Bin (8 episodes, 1994)
The American Experience Charles Hamilton Houston / ... (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Iron Man Jim Rhodes / ... (1 episode, 1994-1995)
A Friend to Die For (1994) (TV) Agent Gilwood
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (1994) (TV) Chess Player
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (130 episodes, 1987-1994)
Without Warning: Terror in the Towers (1993) (TV) Fred Ferby
Little Miss Millions (1993) Agent Noah Hollander
Roc Dale Hammers (1 episode, 1992)
L.A. Law Judge Michael Conover (9 episodes, 1988-1992)
The Linguini Incident (1991) Phil
Shout (1991) (voice) Midnight Rider
The Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Bryant (9 episodes)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids (1991) (TV) Shredder
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991) Lt. Coberly
To My Daughter (1990) (TV)
Night Court Judge Hopkins (1 episode, 1990)
Capital News (1990) (TV)
Turn Back the Clock (1989) (TV) Physical Therapist
Amen Rev. Crawford / ... (5 episodes, 1986-1989)
A Different World The Pin Punisher (1 episode, 1989)
Valerie Judge N. Keller / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
The Real Ghost Busters Additional Cast / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1989)
FM (1989) TV series Quentin Lamoreaux (unknown episodes)
Splash Mountain (1989) (VG) (voice) Br'er Frog
Roe vs. Wade (1989) (TV)
Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (1989) (TV) Earl
License to Drive (1988) Les' DMV Examiner
227 Jo-Jo (1 episode, 1988)
Beauty and the Beast Winslow (4 episodes, 1988)
Dallas Judge Fowler (1 episode, 1988)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (mini) TV mini-series The Shredder (Oroku Saki)
Nightflyers (1987) Darryl
Jake and the Fatman (1 episode, 1987)
Three for the Road (1987) Clarence
Timestalkers (1987) (TV) Blacksmith
Deadly Daphne's Revenge (1987) Police Detective
Jake's M.O. (1987) Abel Barnes
Body Count (1987/I)
Sunday Drive (1986) (TV) Oliver
Extremities (1986) Security Guard
Condor (1986) (TV) Cas
Stoogemania (1986) Gulch
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986) (TV) Hank Dudney
The Ladies Club (1986) Joe
8 Million Ways to Die (1986) Deputy D.A.
Rambo (1986) TV series (voice) Turbo
Amazing Stories Chief Hansen (1 episode, 1986)
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos (1986) TV series Additional Voices (unknown episodes)
Hokuto no ken (1986) (voice: English version) Fang
Moonlighting Reuben King (1 episode, 1985)
The A-Team (1 episode, 1985)
Appointment with Fear (1985) Connors
Brothers Bubba / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985) TV series The Junkyard Dog (animated segments) (unknown episodes)
Fletch (1985) Detective #2
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Nabuti (1 episode, 1985)
Space (1985) (mini) TV mini-series Jean-Marie
Kicks (1985) (TV) Stanley
Cagney & Lacey (1 episode, 1985)
Street Hawk Councilman Waters (1 episode, 1985)
The Dukes of Hazzard Charlie (1 episode, 1984)
Hokuto no Ken (1984) TV series Fang (unknown episodes)
Webster Judge (1 episode, 1984)
Going Bananas (1984) TV series Hank
Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode, 1984)
Simon & Simon Huey / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Legmen No Neck (1 episode, 1984)
Hill Street Blues Tolliver (3 episodes, 1984)
The Jeffersons Coleman (1 episode, 1983)
Newhart Construction Worker (1 episode, 1983)
Tales of the Gold Monkey Gabriel (1 episode, 1983)
Antony and Cleopatra (1983) (TV) Mardian
The Stunt Man (1980) (uncredited)


Served in the Vietnam War.

Was in the Navy, which involved him in Vietnam.

Hobbies are: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sailing, and Swimming.

Philip Banks, Avery's character on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990), was ranked #34 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

Popular voice over actor, he has done voice work for numerous cartoons and advertisements, probably his most famous voice over was that of Shredder for seven years on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1987).



Spouse : Barbara Avery (1988/9 - present)

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 11/05/2008 by abdest

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