Birth Name: James Avery
Birth Place: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Burly African-American character player of TV with a richly resonant voice. Avery has been a familiar face since the mid-1980s as a frequent TV guest star usually playing a cop, judge or clergyman. He had recurring roles on shows as diverse as "L.A. Law", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Amen". Avery is best known as Phillip Banks, the uncle of Will Smith on the hit sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). His character was a proud self-made success story who skillfully walks the delicate line between being a positive role model as a strong Black father figure and the butt of humor as a pompous windbag. After the show's demise, Avery once again portrayed a patriarch, this time as the...
'Fresh Prince' Stars Pay Tribute To Late Co-Star James Avery
James Avery, Best Known For Playing Uncle Phil Banks On 'Fresh Prince,' Dies At 68