James Avery Biography (1948-)

Born November 27, 1948, in Atlantic City, NJ; married Barbara (a dean of students at Loyola Marymount University), 1989; children: one stepson, two overseas foster children.

Birth Details
November 27, 1948
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Lord Montague, Romeo and Juliet, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2001
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 2001
  • Appeared in The Merchant of Venice, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego,CA. Also appeared in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, Blues for an Alabama Sky, JB, Playland, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, Twelfth Night, and Twinkie Time. Participated in a reading of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf; also participated in a reading of the work of August Wilson. Appeared in productions of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR.
  • Film Appearances
  • The Stunt Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Mardian, Antony and Cleopatra (also known as The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra), Bard Productions, 1983
  • Second detective, Fletch, Universal, 1985
  • Deputy district attorney, 8 Million Ways to Die, TriStar, 1986
  • Joe, The Ladies Club (also known as The Violated), New LineCinema, 1986
  • Security guard, Extremities, Atlantic Releasing, 1986
  • Clarence, Three for the Road, New Century Vista, 1987
  • Darryl, Nightflyers, New Century Vista, 1987
  • Body Count (also known as The 11th Commandment), Video Search of Miami, 1987
  • Les's examiner at the Department of Motor Vehicles, License to Drive, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Caberly, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, New Line Cinema, 1991
  • Midnight rider, Shout, Universal, 1991
  • Phil, The Linguini Incident, Academy Entertainment, 1991
  • Noah Hollander, Little Miss Millions (also known as Home for Christmas and Little Miss Zillions), Concorde, 1993
  • Mr. Yeager, The Brady Bunch Movie, Paramount, 1995
  • Dr. Glidden, Spirit Lost, LIVE Entertainment, 1996
  • Voice characterization, The Prince of Egypt (animated), DreamWorksSKG, 1998
  • 12 Bucks, Kindred Spirits Productions, 1998
  • After Romeo, Film Artists Network, 1999
  • Epoch, New City Releasing, 2000
  • (As James L. Avery) Eldon, Dr. Dolittle (also known as DR. 2 and DR2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Larry Dukes, Honeybee, R.A.P. Filmworks, 2001
  • Mr. Burken, Chasing Sunsets, Phaedra Cinema, 2001
  • Vice president, Wheelmen, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice of Jirimpimbira, ABC Weekend Specials, ABC, beginning in 1984
  • Winslow, Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1987
  • Judge Michael Conover, a recurring role, L.A. Law, NBC, 1988-92
  • Quentin Lamoreaux, FM, NBC, 1989-90
  • Philip Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1990-96
  • Alonzo Sparks, Sparks, UPN, 1996-98
  • Host, Going Places, PBS, 2001-
  • Animated Series
  • Voice characterization, Rambo (also known as Rambo: The Force of Freedom), syndicated, 1986
  • Shredder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (also known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Series),syndicated, 1987, CBS, beginning in 1990
  • Voice of Sir Bryant, Prince Valiant (also known as The Legend of Prince Valiant), The Family Channel, beginning in 1991
  • Voice of Haroud Hazi Bin, Aladdin (animated; also known as Disney's Aladdin), CBS and syndicated, 1993
  • Voice of War Machine/James R. `Rhodey' Rhodes of Force Works, Iron Man (also known as The Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man), syndicated, 1994-95
  • Voice of Junkyard Dog, Rock `N' Wrestling (also known as Hulk Hogan's Rock `N' Wrestling), CBS, 1995
  • Voice of War Machine/Jim Rhodes of the Avengers, Spider-Man, Fox,1995
  • Voice of Gor-illa, Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys, syndicated, 1996
  • Voice of Mr. Clapper, Pepper Ann (also known as Disney's PepperAnn), ABC, beginning in 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Jean-Marie, Space (also known as James A. Michener's Space), CBS, 1985
  • Oroko Saki (Shredder), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, syndicated, 1987
  • Movies
  • Stanley, Kicks, ABC, 1985
  • Hank Dudney, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, CBS, 1986
  • Oliver, Sunday Drive, The Disney Channel, 1986
  • Condor, 1986
  • Blacksmith, Timestalkers, CBS, 1987
  • Earl, Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (also known as The Sex Tapes Scandal), NBC, 1989
  • Roe vs. Wade, NBC, 1989
  • Voice of shredder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cufflink Caper, 1990
  • To My Daughter, NBC, 1990
  • Charles Hamilton Houston, Simple Justice, PBS, 1993
  • Fred Ferby, Without Warning: Terror in the Towers, NBC, 1993
  • Agent Gilwood, A Friend to Die For (also known as Death of a Cheerleader), NBC, 1994
  • Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die, NBC, 1994
  • Fred, The Advanced Guard (also known as The Colony), Sci-FiChannel, 1998
  • You Lucky Dog, The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Cecil, King's Pawn, 1999
  • Mr. Warner, Dancing in September, Home Box Office Home Video, 2000
  • Specials
  • Shredder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids,CBS, 1991
  • Narrator, "Midnight Ramble," The American Experience (documentary), PBS, 1994
  • Host, The Coyote: America's Top Dog (documentary), TBS, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Coleman, "Father Christmas," The Jeffersons, CBS, 1983
  • Construction worker, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Utley," Newhart, CBS, 1983
  • Gabriel, "God Save the Queen," Tales of the Gold Monkey, ABC, 1983
  • Huey, "Red Dog Blues," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1983
  • Charlie, "Cool Hands, Luke & Bo," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1984
  • Judge, "Webster Long: Part 2," Webster, ABC, 1984
  • No Neck, "I Shall be Re-Released," Legmen, NBC, 1984
  • Roy, "Harm's Way," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1984
  • Tolliver, "Ratman and Bobbin," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984
  • Nabuti, "Murder between Friends," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1985
  • "The Heart of Rock n' Roll," The A Team, NBC, 1985
  • "`Twas the Episode before Christmas," Moonlighting, ABC, 1985
  • Judge N. Keller, "Hogan vs. Hogan," Valerie, NBC, 1986
  • "Hell Toupee," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • Voices, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos (animated), syndicated, 1986
  • Jo-Jo, "My Aching Back," 227, NBC, 1988
  • Himself, Family Matters, ABC, 1989
  • Mr. Erdman, "License to Drive," Valerie, NBC, 1989
  • The pin pusher, "To Have and Have Not," A Different World, NBC, 1989
  • Judge Hopkins, "Wedding Bell Blues: Part 1," Night Court, NBC, 1990
  • "The Car Accident from Heaven," Roc, Fox, 1992
  • Voice of Arude, Aladdin (animated), CBS and syndicated, 1993
  • Voice of Minos, Aladdin (animated), CBS and syndicated, 1993
  • "It's the Thing of the Principal," Duckman, USA Network, 1994
  • Judge Nathaniel Alexander, "Chapter Five," Murder One, ABC, 1995
  • Voice of The Shaman, "Walkabout," Gargoyles (animated), syndicated, 1996
  • Voice of War Machine/Jim Rhodes, "Sins of the Fathers," Spider-Man(animated), CBS and syndicated, beginning in 1996
  • "Love On a One-Way Street," In the House, UPN, 1996
  • "The Road to Dendron," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1996
  • Voices of Danny and Fang, "Dry Spell," Extreme Ghostbusters (animated), syndicated, 1997
  • Panelist, Match Game, syndicated, 1998
  • Sampson Stanton (Max's father), "My Pest Friend's Wedding," In the House, UPN, 1998
  • Voice of Gorilla, "Valley Girls," The Wild Thornberrys (animated),Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Judge Christopher Washington, "Legalese," Vengeance Unlimited, ABC, 1999
  • Reverend Hicks, "Mother Load," For Your Love, The WB, 1999
  • "Damages," Family Law, CBS, 1999
  • Judge, "Rescue Me," Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, ABC, 2000
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Robin Givens, Lifetime, 2000
  • Preston Cash, "Unfriendly Skies," C.S.I., CBS, 2000
  • William Richard, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," One World, NBC,2000
  • Minister, "Episode 100: Always and Forever," The Jamie Foxx Show,The WB, 2001
  • Walter Jones, "Nice Work If You Can Get It," Soul Food, Showtime,2001
  • Also appeared in episodes of other series, including Amen, NBC; Brothers, Showtime; and Bull, TNT. Contributed the voice of FlintSteele, Fist of the Northstar (animated); also contributed voices toScooby and Scrappy Doo (animated), ABC; and Superfriends: The Legendary Superpowers Show (animated), ABC.
  • Taped Readings
  • Bud, Not Buddy, Random Audiobooks, 2000
  • Teleplays
  • Wrote teleplays for programs broadcast on PBS.

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