Did you know that the man who played our favorite Uncle Phil in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was also the man behind the voice of Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series? Yess!! You heard that right; our mind was blown away when we found this out too.
Who was James Avery?
James was born on 27th November 1945 in Pughville, Virginia, but raised in Atlantic City. Before starting his career in Hollywood, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War (1968-1969). After serving in the Navy, he then moved to San Diego, California. Where he started writing poetry and TV scripts for PBS. James also won an Emmy award for production during his time in PBS. And then, he received a scholarship to UC San Diego. He then attended Thurgood Marshall College, where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and literature back in 1976.
Avery began his acting career back in the 1980s with roles in television series such as NBC’s Hill Street Blues. He also appeared as Bubba Dean in showtime sitcom Brother. But he rose to fame in the 1990s with his character of Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air tv show.
After the success of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he also played the lead role of Alonzo Sparks in the Sparks Tv comedy series.
He was also an acclaimed voice artist, who lends his voice to many famous cartoon characters such as Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, and James Rhodes(War Machine) in Iron Man cartoon series 1990. He was the man behind the voice of Junkyard Dog in Rock n Wrestling (1985-1986), Haroud Hazi Bin in Aladdin movie and Turbo in Rambo and the Forces of Freedom. He also was a part of The Brady Bunch Movie.
He was also the commencement speaker two times for UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College in 2007 and 2012.
Back in 1988, James married his wife, Barbara. Though he never had children of his own, he was stepfather to Barbara’s son from her first marriage.
But unfortunately, we lost an iconic star on 31st December 2013. He died at the age of 68 from open-heart surgery complications at Glendale Memorial Medical Center
Well, it’s quite amazing to know the same man, played one of the best characters in both real-life sitcom and our favorite cartoon series. But, unfortunately, we lost such a legendary artist so early. Well, we are sure that Mr. James made so many people his fan with his acting and he sure was one of the humblest tv actors of his time.