James Avery, full name James LaRue Avery was born on November 27, 1945 in Pughsville, a city in Virginia, United States and died on December 31, 2013 at the age of 68 in Glendale, California, United States. He died because of some serious complications in his open heart surgery. He was a great and renowned actor, comedian, and poet.
He was born in Virginia, but raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was a soldier and served for U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. At that time he was newly graduated from high school. He began to write poetry and T.V. scripts as soon as he moved to San Diego, California after the war ended. He got married in the year 1988 to Barbera Avery. The couple never had their own kids but he had a stepson named Kevin Waters from his wife. When he died, he was cremated by his mother Florence Avery and his stepson. On his death, all his co-actors and colleagues mourned and expressed their feelings of griefs. Janet Hubert, one of his co-stars said “James, Rest In Peace” and compared the world to stage, human beings to players and life to a production house.
Will Smith and
Joseph Marcell also expressed their grief by writing good things about him. Moreover the song “no role modelz” by J. Cole from the movie “2014 forest hills drive” was dedicated to him after his death. His remains were later scattered near the Pacific Ocean.
He as showcased his talent both in television and film industry. His most famous role for the T.V. series (Drama and romantic comedy) named “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-1996) in which he played the role of Philip Banks. He got a lot of appreciation because of this role and was ranked 34th in “50 greatest dads of all time” by T.V. Guide. He also did a voice over in the year 1987 for the role of shredder for the T.V. series “
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and also in the animated series of “
Iron Man” in the year 1994-95 as a war machine. In the year 2004, he played the role of Michael Kelso for the series “That ’70s Show”.
Due to his great voice-acting skills, he always used to be the starting speaker that too twice, firstly in the year 2007 and then in the year 2012 for “Thurgood Marshall College” (University of San Diego). His last film was “Wish I was here” in the year 2014 and his last T.V. show was “Hunt for the Labyrinth killer” in the year 2013.