Remembering James Avery, born November 27, 1945 and passed away December 31, 2013.
James LaRue Avery was 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, Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Steve Yeager in The Brady Bunch Movie, and Haroud Hazi Bin in Aladdin.
Avery began his career in the 1980’s with appearances in television series such as NBC’s Hill Street Blues, Showtime sitcom “Brothers” as Bubba Dean, Amen, FM and L.A. Law.
In the 1990’s, he achieved prominence for his role as Philip Banks (Uncle Phil) in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
He played the lead role of Alonzo Sparks in the 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.
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 1990’s Iron Man series.
He also provided the voice of Junkyard Dog in Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling (1985–1986), Turbo in Rambo and the Forces of Freedom (1986), and Haroud Hazi Bin in Aladdin (1994).
He played General K’Vagh in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes “Affliction” and “Divergence”
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