Avery in 2001
James LaRue Avery
November 27, 1945
Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 2013 68) (aged|
Glendale, California, U.S.
Barbara Avery(m. 1988)
James LaRue Avery (November 27, 1945 – December 31, 2013) was an American actor, voice actor, and poet. A prolific television actor, he is best remembered for his portrayal of patriarch "Uncle Phil" Banks in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air .
A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown. In the series, his lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his relatives in Bel Air. The series ran for six seasons and aired 148 episodes.
Avery was born on November 27, 1945 in Pughsville, Virginia (now part of Suffolk, Virginia), and was raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey.He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1969, after graduating high school. Later on, he moved to San Diego, California, where he began to write poetry and TV scripts for PBS.
Pughsville is a community in Virginia. It was part of Nansemond County, Virginia which ceased to exist when it was merged into Suffolk, Virginia in the 1970s. The Pughsville community is now in the northern part of Suffolk, Virginia along the border with Chesapeake, Virginia.
Suffolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2017 census, the estimated population was 90,237. It is the largest city in Virginia by boundary land area as well as the 14th largest in the country.
New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, making it the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states with its biggest city being Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.
He won an Emmy for production during his tenure there and then received a scholarship to UC San Diego, where he attended Thurgood Marshall College (then Third College), earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and literature in 1976.
Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) is one of the six undergraduate colleges at the University of California, San Diego. The college, named after Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice and lawyer for the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, emphasizes "scholarship, social responsibility and the belief that a liberal arts education must include an understanding of [one's] role in society." Marshall College's general education requirements emphasize the culture of community involvement and multiculturalism; accordingly Marshall houses the minors in Public Service and Film Studies for the campus. Significant academic programs and departments have come out of the college over many decades: Communication, Ethnic Studies, Third World Studies, African American Studies, Urban Studies & Planning, and Education Studies.
Avery began his career in the 1980s with appearances in television series such as Showtime sitcom Brothers as Bubba Dean, Amen , FM and L.A. Law . In the 1990s, he achieved prominence for his role as Phillip Banks (Uncle Phil) in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , a character that was ranked #34 in TV Guide 's "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time." He played the lead role of Alonzo Sparks in the short-lived UPN comedy series Sparks that lasted for two seasons. Other notable roles in television included Dr. Crippen in The Closer , Charles Haysbert in The Division and Michael Kelso's commanding officer at the police academy late in the series run of That '70s Show .
Amen is an American sitcom produced by Carson Productions that aired on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen stars Hemsley as the deacon of a church and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s and early 1990s which featured predominantly black casts – others included The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and 227.
L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.
TV Guide is a bi-weekly American magazine that provides television program listings information as well as television-related news, celebrity interviews and gossip, film reviews, crossword puzzles, and, in some issues, horoscopes. The print magazine is owned by NTVB Media, while its digital properties are controlled by the CBS Interactive division of CBS Corporation; the TV Guide name and associated editorial content from the publication are licensed by CBS Interactive for use on the website and mobile app through an agreement with the magazine's parent subsidiary TVGM Holdings, Inc.
Among his most notable voice credits are the voices of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and James Rhodes/War Machine in the 1990s Iron Man series.He also provided the voice of Junkyard Dog in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985–86), Turbo in Rambo and the Forces of Freedom (1986) and Haroud Hazi Bin in Aladdin (1994).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series produced by the studio Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 28, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and the show began its official run on October 1, 1988. Since then the show and franchise has become a worldwide phenomenon. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for children and the family.
War Machine is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Jim Rhodes first appeared in Iron Man #118 by David Michelinie and John Byrne. The War Machine armor, which became his signature armored battlesuit, was created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.
Iron Man, also known as Iron Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on Marvel Comics' superhero Iron Man. The series aired from 1994 to 1996 in syndication as part of The Marvel Action Hour, which packaged Iron Man with another animated series based on Marvel properties, the Fantastic Four, with one half-hour episode from each series airing back-to-back. The show was backed by a toy line that featured many armor variants.
Avery was the commencement speaker for his alma mater, UC San Diego's Thurgood Marshall College in 2007, and again in 2012.
In 1988, Avery married Barbara. [ citation needed ]He had no children of his own, but was a stepfather to Kevin Waters.
On December 31, 2013, Avery died at the age of 68, from complications following open heart surgery at Glendale Memorial Medical Center.
Janet Hubert, who portrayed his original on-screen wife Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , said after his death, "RIP James, all the world is a stage, and we are all merely players in this production called LIFE."Will Smith commented on Avery's death by saying, "Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace." Joseph Marcell called Avery a "gentle giant".
Avery's remains were later cremated and scattered near the Pacific Ocean.
|1980||The Stunt Man||Man Playing Pinball||Uncredited|
|1980||The Blues Brothers||Man Dancing||Uncredited|
|1985||Appointment with Fear||Connors|
|1986||Fist of the North Star||Fang||Voice, (1991 Streamline Pictures dub)|
|1986||The Eleventh Commandment||Larry|
|1986||8 Million Ways to Die||Deputy D.A.|
|1986||The Ladies Club||Joe|
|1987||Three for the Road||Clarence|
|1987||Deadly Daphne's Revenge||Det. Wood|
|1987||Jake's M.O.||Abel Barnes|
|1988||License to Drive||Les' DMV Examiner|
|1991||Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time||Lt. Coberly|
|1991||The Linguini Incident||Phil|
|1993||Little Miss Millions||Agent Noah Hollander|
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Mr. Steve Yeager|
|1997||Spirit Lost||Dr. Glidden|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Additional Characters||Voice|
|1999||Out in Fifty||Cappy|
|2000||Dancing in September||Mr. Warner|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Eldon|
|2001||Chasing Sunsets||Mr. Burken|
|2004||Raise Your Voice||Mr. Gantry|
|2004||Hair Show||Seymour Gold|
|2005||Lethal Eviction||Gus Winter|
|2005||The Third Wish||George|
|2005||A Christmas Wish||Saint||Short|
|2006||Restraining Order||Judge Sanderson|
|2006||Think Tank||Uncle John|
|2007||Who's Your Caddy?||Caddy Mack|
|2007||Divine Intervention||Rev. Matthews|
|2008||His Good Will||Mr. Cooper||Short|
|2008||Leave with It||Dr. Leon||Short|
|2009||Steppin: The Movie||The Chancellor|
|2010||Let the Game Begin||Mark Hanley|
|2010||The Grind||Modelo Snipes|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Audition actor #2||Avery's last performance in a film|
|1983||Antony and Cleopatra||Mardian||TV movie|
|1983||Tales of the Gold Monkey||Gabriel||Episode: "God Save the Queen"|
|1983||Newhart||Construction Guy||Episode: "Heaven Knows Mr. Utley"|
|1983||The Jeffersons||Coleman||Episode: "Father Christmas"|
|1983-1984||Simon & Simon||Huey, Roy||2 episodes|
|1984||Hill Street Blues||Tolliver||3 episodes|
|1984||Legmen||No Neck||Episode: "I Shall Be Re-Released"|
|1984||Hardcastle and McCormick||Episode: "Scared Stiff"|
|1984||Webster||Judge||Episode: "Webster Long" (2)|
|1984||Fist of the North Star||Fang||Voice|
|1984||The Dukes of Hazzard||Charlie||Episode: "Cool Hands, Luke & Bo"|
|1984-1985||Brothers||Bubba Dean||2 episodes|
|1985||Street Hawk||Councilman Waters||Pilot|
|1985||St. Elsewhere||Mental Patient||Episode: "Give the Boy a Hand"|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Episode: "Who Says It's Fair" (1)|
|1985||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Nabuti||Episode: "Murder Between Friends"|
|1985||Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling||Junkyard Dog||Voice|
|1985||George Burns Comedy Week||Episode: "The Assignment"|
|1985||The A-Team||Episode: "The Heart of Rock n' Roll"|
|1985||Moonlighting||Reuben King||Episode: "Twas the Episode Before Christmas"|
|1986||Karate Kommandos||Additional voices|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Chief Hansen||Episode: "Hell Toupee"|
|1986||Rambo and the Forces of Freedom||Turbo||Voice|
|1986||Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Movie||Hank Dudney||TV movie|
|1986||Sunday Drive||Oliver||TV movie|
|1986-1989||The Real Ghostbusters||Killerwatt / Judge||Voice, 3 episodes|
|1986-1989||Amen||Arnie Samples / Rev. Crawford||5 episodes|
|1987||Jake's M.O.||Abel Barnes||Unsold pilot / TV movie|
|1987||Jake and the Fatman||Episode: "Fatal Attraction"|
|1987-1989||Valerie||Judge N. Keller / Mr. Erdman||2 episodes|
|1987−1993||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Shredder||Voice, 103 episodes|
|1988||Dallas||Judge Fowler||Episode: "Malice in Dallas"|
|1988||Beauty and the Beast||Winslow|
|1988||227||Jo-Jo||Episode: "My Aching Back"|
|1988||Heart and Soul||Harlan Sinclair||Pilot|
|1988-1992||L.A. Law||Judge Michael Conover||9 episodes|
|1989||Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal||Earl||TV movie|
|1989||Roe vs. Wade||TV movie|
|1989||FM||Quentin Lamoreaux||TV Series|
|1989||A Different World||The Pin Punisher||Episode: "To Have and Have Not"|
|1989||Turn Back the Clock||Physical Therapist||TV movie|
|1990||Night Court||Judge Hopkins||Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues" (1)|
|1990||To My Daughter||TV movie|
|1990-1996||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Philip Banks||148 episodes|
|1991||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Shredder||Voice, TV movie|
|1991||The Legend of Prince Valiant||Sir Bryant||Voice, 9 episodes|
|1992||Roc||Dale Hammers||Episode: "The Car Accident from Heaven"|
|1993||Without Warning: Terror in the Towers||Fred Ferby||TV movie|
|1993-1994||American Experience||Charles Hamilton Houston / Narrator||2 episodes|
|1994||Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die||Chess Player||TV movie|
|1994||A Friend to Die For||Agent Gilwood||TV movie|
|1994||Aladdin||Haroud Hazi Bin||Voice, 9 episodes|
|1994-1995||Iron Man||War Machine||Voice, 7 episodes|
|1995||ABC Weekend Special||Headman||Voice, Episode: "Jirimpimbira – An African Folk Tale"|
|1995||Murder One||Judge Nathaniel Alexander||Episode: "Chapter Five"|
|1996||Gargoyles||The Shaman||Voice, Episode: "Walk About"|
|1996||Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys||Gor-illa/Gor||Voice, 26 episodes|
|1996||Spider-Man||War Machine||Voice, 2 episodes|
|1996-1998||Sparks||Alonzo Sparks||40 episodes|
|1996-1998||In the House||Mediator / Sampson Stanton||2 episodes|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Father||Voice, Episode: "The Golden Goose"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Danny||Voice, Episode: "Dry Spell"|
|1998||The Advanced Guard||Fred||TV movie|
|1998||You Lucky Dog||Calvin Bridges||TV movie|
|1998||The Wild Thornberrys||Gorilla||Voice, Episode: "Valley Girls"|
|1999||Vengeance Unlimited||Judge Christopher Washington||Episode: "Legalese"|
|1999||Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?||Malcolm Avalon||2 episodes|
|1999||For Your Love||Rev. Hicks||Episode: "Mother Load"|
|1999||Family Law||Episode: "Damages"|
|1999-2000||Pepper Ann||Mr. Clapper||3 episodes|
|2000||Bull||Prof. Gilbert Granville||Episode: "What the Past Will Bring"|
|2000||One World||William Richard||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"|
|2000||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Preston Cash||Episode: "Unfriendly Skies"|
|2000||Two Guys and a Girl||Judge||Episode: "Rescue Me"|
|2000-2002||Dharma & Greg||Walter||2 episodes|
|2001||Epoch||Dr. Solomon Holt||TV movie|
|2001||The Jamie Foxx Show||Reverend||Episode: "Always and Forever"|
|2001||Strong Medicine||Harold Jenkins||Episode: "Wednesday Night Fever"|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Chief Keewazi||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2001||The Proud Family||Crandall Smythe||Voice, Episode: "Spelling Bee"|
|2001-2002||The Nightmare Room||R.L. Stine||12 episodes|
|2001−2003||Soul Food||Walter Carter||4 episodes|
|2002||Philly||Dean Mark Clivner||Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"|
|2002||Judging Amy||Mr. Ruff||Episode: "Damage Control"|
|2002||Nancy Drew||Prof. Shifflin||TV movie|
|2002-2003||The Division||Charles Haysbert||9 episodes|
|2003||Reba||Judge Samuel Bennett||Episode: "The Feud"|
|2003||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Erkhart||Episode: "Conspiracy"|
|2003||Street Smarts||Contestant||Episode: "May 16, 2003"|
|2003||All About the Andersons||Roscoe||Episode: "Flo's Dream"|
|2003-2004||All of Us||Lucas||2 episodes|
|2004||That '70s Show||Officer Kennedy||3 episodes|
|2004||Charmed||Zola||Episode: "A Call to Arms"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Steve Pines||Episode: "Great Balls or Ire"|
|2004||Girlfriends||Dr. Couch||Episode: "Maybe Baby"|
|2004||That's So Raven||Presto Jones||Episode: "Opportunity Shocks"|
|2005-2007||The Closer||Dr. Crippen||11 episodes|
|2005||My Wife and Kids||Professor Tillman||Episode: "Study Buddy"|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||General K'Vagh||2 episodes|
|2005||Living With Fran||Mr. Bryant||Episode: "Learning with Fran"|
|2006||Take 3||Judge Sanderson||Episode: "Study Buddy"|
|2008||Eli Stone||Mason Andrews||Episode: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"|
|2011||The Problem Solverz||Go-Seeki Ninja Master / Ninja Master Head||Voice, Episode: "Hide and Seek Ninjaz"|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Sam||Episode: "One Step Too Far"|
|2012||The Young and the Restless||Judge Roy Daley||2 episodes|
|2013||Call Me Crazy: A Five Film||Dr. Beckett||TV movie, segment: "Eddie"|
|2013||Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer||Judge Parsons||TV movie|
|2013||Go, Bolivia, Go!||Commissioner Morocco||TV Movie|
|2015||Da Jammies||Covington||Voice, Episode: "Cello" |
|1989||Splash Mountain||Br'er Frog|
|1995||Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King||Narrator|
|2006||Biker Mice from Mars||Cataclysm / Cat Commando|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures||Br'er Bear|
Tatyana Marisol Ali is an American actress and singer known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. She has also starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original sitcom Love That Girl! and had a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2007 to 2013. Ali co-starred in the 2017 TV film Wrapped Up in Christmas. In 2018, she co-starred in the Lifetime movie Jingle Belle and will have a movie on the Hallmark Channel titled Everlasting Christmas.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince was an American hip hop duo from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rapper Will Smith met disc jockey Jeff Townes in the 1980s, when they were both trying to make names for themselves in West Philadelphia's local hip hop scene. They had as a support live member Clarence Holmes – who was not officially credited to the duo. Holmes left the group in 1990 and later sued unsuccessfully for earnings, claiming a breach of oral contract.
Jeffrey Allen Townes, known professionally as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American record producer, DJ, actor and comedian who is best known for his friendship and collaboration with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
Justin Moran Shenkarow is an American actor, voice actor, producer, writer and director best known for his roles of Matthew Brock in Picket Fences, Simon Holmes in Eerie, Indiana, and the voice of Harold Berman on Hey Arnold!.
Phillip "Phil" Morris is an American actor and voice actor. He played Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, John Jones on The CW series Smallville and voiced Doc Saturday on The Secret Saturdays. He currently plays Silas Stone in DC's Doom Patrol.
James Stewart Tolkan is an American actor, known for his work in films such as Serpico, Top Gun and the Back to the Future franchise.
The PJs is an American stop-motion animated black sitcom, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the Cabrini–Green housing projects in Chicago. The series starred Eddie Murphy, and was produced by Imagine Entertainment by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, The Murphy Company and Will Vinton Studios in association with Touchstone Television, marking as Disney's first adult animated series. The original run of the series debuted on Fox on Sunday, January 10, 1999, following the network's coverage of the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Two days later, the second episode aired in its regular Tuesday night time slot, following King of the Hill.
Avery is an English surname of ambiguous or multiple origins. Some scholars believe that the name is of Anglo-Norman origin and derived from "Every" or "Evreux". The name may have arrived in England after the Norman Conquest. It is the name of a county in Normandy. It can also be found in the northern Spanish region of Navarra, where the House of Évreux was a ruling royal house from 1328 to 1441. At the time, the name's frequency was highest in Devon, followed by Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Rutland, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Warwickshire, Cornwall and Somerset.
William "Will" Smith is a fictional character in the NBC television series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
"Yo Home to Bel-Air", informally known as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme", is a song performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It is the theme song to the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
"The Fresh Prince Project" is the pilot episode of the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was aired on 10 September 1990. It guest-stars John Petlock and Helen Page Camp as Henry and Margaret Furth. Tatyana Ali was auditioned in New York City for Quincy Jones when she was 11 years old to play Ashley. This episode was followed by Bang The Drum, Ashley.
"Bang the Drum, Ashley" is the second episode of the first season of the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was aired on 17 September 1990. This episode introduced the recurring character Jazz who is a friend of Will. It also guest-starred Bette Ford as Ashley's music teacher Madame Chatchka.
The fourth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on September 20, 1993 and aired its season finale on May 23, 1994. This was the first season to feature Daphne Maxwell Reid as Vivian Banks after Janet Hubert-Whitten's departure. This was also the first season to feature Nicky Banks as a regular character on the show. With 26 episodes, this was the longest season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The fifth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on September 19, 1994 and aired its season finale on May 15, 1995. The series opens with Will working in Philadelphia, before a worker from NBC shows up and kidnaps him, telling him that the show's called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, not The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia. Ross Bagley was added to the show's cast, playing a now preschool-aged Nicky Banks despite the character being a newborn infant in the previous season. This is common in television series and soap operas. In the first episode to feature this change, Jazz expresses amazement while Will just stares uneasily into the camera.
The sixth and final season of the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on September 18, 1995, and aired its final episodes on May 20, 1996.
Events in 2013 in animation.
Fresh Prince may refer to:
Gaetano Varcasia was an Italian actor and voice actor.
Bel-Air is a 2019 fan film written and directed by Morgan Cooper, based on the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The film serves as a mock trailer for a darker, more dramatic re-imagining of the sitcom in the style of Ryan Coogler films. It was uploaded on YouTube on March 10, 2019.