James Avery Net Worth

James Avery Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

James La Rue Avery net worth is
$3 Million

James La Rue Avery Wiki Biography

James LaRue Avery, to give him a full name, was born on November 27, 1945 in Pughsville, Virginia and died on December 31, 2013 (being 68 years old) in Glendale, California, United States of America. James Avery was active in the entertainment industry from 1980 to 2013. During his long career he landed many significant roles, among which was the character of Judge Philip Banks in the television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990 – 1996), the role of Alonzo Sparks in the series “Sparks” (1996 – 1998) and many others. As well as these roles on television, James also acted in films on the big screen, creating a number of roles and performing voice-overs too.

James Avery Net Worth $3 Million

So just how rich was James Avery? Sources estimate that James’ net worth is as much as $3 million, the main source of his wealth coming from his acting career.

James Avery actually grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America. When he graduated from high school, he became a member of United States Navy and served from 1968 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, he settled in San Diego, California and started to write TV scripts as well as poetry. In 1980 he debuted on the big screen, taking an uncredited role in the film “The Blues Brothers” directed by John Landis. He has also starred in the main cast of the films “Nightflyers” (1987) directed Robert Collector, “Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time” (1991) directed by Sylvio Tabet and various supporting roles in other films like “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995) directed by Betty Thomas, “Dr. Doolittle 2” (2001) directed by Steve Carr, and “Valediction” (2012) directed and written by Dustin Kahia. The last role James Avery landed was in the comedy drama film entitled “Wish I Was Here” which was released after the actor’s death in 2014.

From 1983, James Avery was active in television productions too, appearing episodically in a number of television series as well as playing parts in television films. The role which was the most significant to his career was landed in the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990 – 1996) created by Andy and Susan Borowitz. 148 episodes were aired during six seasons, and the series won ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards in 1994. Avery also voiced Shredder in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1987 – 1993), James Rhodes in the series of “Iron Man” (1994 − 1995) and other animated characters. The last role on television that Avery landed was in the film “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer” (2013). James also voiced video games, including “Splash Mountain” (1989), “Animated Storybook: The Lion King” (1995) and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” (2011). James was working until his death, which occurred during open heart surgery when he was just 68 years old.

In 1988 James Avery married Barbara Avery; they were married until the death of James. The couple had no children together, however James became stepfather to his wife’s son, Kevin Waters.

Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 27, 1945
DiedDecember 31, 2013, Glendale, California, United States
Place Of BirthSuffolk, Virginia, United States
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight260 pounds
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor, Soldier
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseBarbara Avery (m. 1988–2013)
ParentsFlorence Avery
NicknamesJames Avery, Sr. , James L. Avery , James L. Avery, Sr.
AwardsMedal of Honor
MoviesThe Prince of Egypt, License to Drive, Raise Your Voice, Dr. Dolittle 2, Fletch, Who's Your Caddy?, The Brady Bunch Movie, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, A Friend to Die For, Fist of the North Star, Little Miss Millions, Timestalkers, You Lucky Dog, Spirit Lost, The Third Wish, Lethal Ev...
TV ShowsHulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, Rambo: The Force of Freedom, The Legend of Prince Valiant, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys, Sparks, Sherri, Going Bananas
1Best known for his roles as Uncle Phil on _"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ and Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
2Towering height and broad frame
3Deep, booming voice
5Often plays characters in legal or high-level professional fields
1I don't understand this whole Twitter, Facebook stuff. I don't get it. Make a phone call. Talk to somebody.
2Writing is such a singular and lonely occupation. And it's interesting; all of the work that you create is so singular.
3I wanted to leave home, and I didn't know where I was going or what I was going to do or what would happen. That's youth, though. Being fixated on things. I was fixated on being a writer.
4Monetary success is not success. Career success is not success. Life, someone that loves you, giving to others, doing something that makes you feel complete and full. That is success. And it isn't dependent on anyone else.
5You are only an actor if you absolutely love it and can not do anything else. Starving for your art is great in your 20s, but it's not so great at 35. It has to be absolute love. You can't worry about being a movie star or anything else. Just love. That's it.
1He was survived by his mother Florence Avery.
2Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean nearly Los Angeles area.
3He died from complications of open heart surgery in Glendale Adventist Medical Center, on the evening of December 31, 2013. He had undergone surgery on November 11, 2013. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean off Los Angeles, CA and in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, NJ.
4Currently starring in a commercial promoting Kaplan University. [January 2009]
5Was considered for the role of Charlie Altamont in The Devil's Rejects (2005).
6Popular voice over actor, he has done voice work for numerous cartoons and advertisements, probably his most famous voice over was that of Shredder for seven years on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987).
7Philip Banks, Avery's character on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), was ranked #34 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
8Hobbies are: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sailing, and Swimming.
9Was in the Navy, which involved him in Vietnam.
10Served in the Vietnam War.


Da Jammies2015TV SeriesCovington
Wish I Was Here2014Audition Actor #2
Go, Bolivia, Go!2013TV MovieCommissioner Morocco
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer2013TV MovieJudge Parsons
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film2013TV MovieDr. Beckett
The Young and the Restless2012TV SeriesJudge Roy Daley
Harry's Law2012TV SeriesFred Billings
Grey's Anatomy2012TV SeriesSam
Kinect Disneyland Adventures2011Video GameBr'er Bear (voice)
The Problem Solverz2011TV SeriesNinja Master Head
Things We Do for Love2011TV SeriesGordon
Not Your Time2010ShortHaig
The Grind2010Modelo Snipes
Let the Game Begin2010Mark Hanley
Sherri2009TV SeriesRedmond
Steppin: The Movie2009The Chancellor
Live with It2008/IShortDr. Leon
His Good Will2008ShortMr. Cooper
Eli Stone2008TV SeriesMason Andrews
Divine Intervention2007/IRev. Matthews
Who's Your Caddy?2007Caddy Mack
The Closer2005-2007TV SeriesDr. Crippen
Biker Mice from Mars2007Video GameCataclysm / Cat Commando (voice)
Take 32006TV MovieJudge Sanderson
Danika2006Teddy Johnson
Think Tank2006Uncle John
Restraining Order2006Judge Sanderson
Nobody's Watching2006TV MovieJames Avery
Living with Fran2005TV SeriesMr. Bryant
A Christmas Wish2005ShortAngel
Wheelmen2005Vice President
The Third Wish2005George
Lethal Eviction2005Gus Winter
Star Trek: Enterprise2005TV SeriesGeneral K'Vagh
My Wife and Kids2005TV SeriesProfessor Tillman
All of Us2003-2004TV SeriesLucas
That's So Raven2004TV SeriesPresto
Girlfriends2004TV SeriesDr. Couch
Hair Show2004Seymour Gold
NYPD Blue2004TV SeriesSteve Pines
Raise Your Voice2004Mr. Gantry
Charmed2004TV SeriesZola
That '70s Show2004TV SeriesOfficer Kennedy
All About the Andersons2003TV SeriesRoscoe
Soul Food2001-2003TV SeriesWalter Carter
Crossing Jordan2003TV SeriesDr. Erkhart
Reba2003TV SeriesJudge Samuel Bennett
The Division2002-2003TV SeriesCharles Haysbert
Nancy Drew2002TV MovieProf. Shifflin
Judging Amy2002TV SeriesMr. Ruff
Dharma & Greg2000-2002TV SeriesWalter
The Nightmare Room2001-2002TV SeriesR.L. Stine
Philly2002TV SeriesDean Mark Clivner
Chasing Sunsets2001Mr. Burken
The Proud Family2001TV SeriesCrandall Smythe
The Legend of Tarzan2001TV SeriesKeewazi
Epoch2001TV MovieDr. Solomon Holt
Dr. Dolittle 22001Eldon (as James L. Avery)
Honeybee2001Larry Dukes
Strong Medicine2001TV SeriesHarold Jenkins
The Jamie Foxx Show2001TV SeriesReverend
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place2000TV SeriesJudge
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2000TV SeriesPreston Cash
Pepper Ann1999-2000TV SeriesMr. Clapper
One World2000TV SeriesWilliam Richard
Bull2000TV SeriesProf. Gilbert Granville
Dancing in September2000Mr. Warner
After Romeo1999
Family Law1999TV Series
Out in Fifty1999Cappy
For Your Love1999TV SeriesRev. Hicks
King's Pawn1999TV MovieCecil
Vengeance Unlimited1999TV SeriesJudge Christopher Washington
The Prince of Egypt1998Additional Voices (voice)
The Wild Thornberrys1998TV SeriesGorilla
12 Bucks1998Slow
You Lucky Dog1998TV MovieCalvin Bridges
In the House1996-1998TV SeriesSampson Stanton / Mediator
The Advanced Guard1998TV MovieFred, Captive Security Guard
Sparks1996-1998TV SeriesAlonzo Sparks
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV SeriesDanny
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesFather
Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys1996-1997TV SeriesGor-illa
Spirit Lost1997Dr. Glidden
Quack Pack1996TV Series
Spider-Man1996TV SeriesWar Machine Jim Rhodes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990-1996TV SeriesPhilip Banks
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994-1996TV SeriesSchool policeman
Gargoyles1996TV SeriesThe Shaman
Murder One1995TV SeriesJudge Nathaniel Alexander
ABC Weekend Specials1995TV SeriesHeadman
The Brady Bunch Movie1995Mr. Steve Yeager
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King1994Video GameScar (voice)
Aladdin1994TV SeriesHaroud Hazi Bin
American Experience1993-1994TV Series documentaryNarrator / Charles Hamilton Houston
A Friend to Die For1994TV MovieAgent Gilwood
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die1994TV MovieChess Player
Family Matters1993TV SeriesJames Avery
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1987-1993TV SeriesShredder / Construction Workers / Pietro Calzone / ...
Little Miss Millions1993Agent Noah Hollander
The Legend of Prince Valiant1991-1993TV SeriesSir Bryant / Gawain's Opponent / Morgana's Servant
Without Warning: Terror in the Towers1993TV MovieFred Ferby
Roc1992TV SeriesDale Hammers
L.A. Law1988-1992TV SeriesJudge Michael Conover
The Linguini Incident1991Phil
Shout1991Midnight Rider (voice)
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time1991Lt. Coberly
To My Daughter1990TV Movie
FM1989-1990TV SeriesQuentin Lamoreaux
Capital News1990TV Movie
Night Court1990TV SeriesJudge Hopkins
Turn Back the Clock1989TV MoviePhysical Therapist
Amen1986-1989TV SeriesRev. Crawford / Rev. Tom Crawford / Arnie Samples
A Different World1989TV SeriesThe Pin Punisher
Valerie's Family: The Hogans1987-1989TV SeriesMr. Erdman / Judge N. Keller
The Real Ghostbusters1986-1989TV SeriesJudge / Killerwatt
The Karate Kid1989TV SeriesAdditional Characters
Splash Mountain1989Video GameBr'er Frog (voice)
Roe vs. Wade1989TV Movie
Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal1989TV MovieEarl
Sonny Spoon1988TV SeriesLieutenant
Heart and Soul1988TV MovieHarlan Sinclair
License to Drive1988Les' DMV Examiner
2271988TV SeriesJo Jo
Beauty and the Beast1988TV SeriesWinslow
Dallas1988TV SeriesJudge Fowler
Superman1988TV SeriesMayor Jackson / Thief #2
Body Count1987
Jake's M.O.1987Abel Barnes
Deadly Daphne's Revenge1987Detective Wood
Jake and the Fatman1987TV SeriesLieutenant
Three for the Road1987Clarence
Timestalkers1987TV MovieBlacksmith
Rambo1986TV SeriesTurbo
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesOliver
Extremities1986Security Guard
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story1986TV MovieHank Dudney
8 Million Ways to Die1986Deputy D.A.
Amazing Stories1986TV SeriesChief Hansen
The Ladies Club1986Joe
The Eleventh Commandment1986Larry
Fist of the North Star1986Fang (1991) (English version, voice)
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos1986TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
Rock 'n' Wrestling1985-1986TV SeriesJunkyard Dog
Moonlighting1985TV SeriesReuben King
The A-Team1985TV SeriesQuint
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV Series
Appointment with Fear1985Connors
Brothers1984-1985TV SeriesBubba / Bubba Dean
Fletch1985Detective #2
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1985TV SeriesNabuti
Space1985TV Mini-SeriesJean-Marie
Kicks1985TV MovieStanley
Cagney & Lacey1985TV SeriesMr. Berwin
St. Elsewhere1985TV SeriesMental Patient
Street Hawk1985TV SeriesCouncilman Waters
Condor1985TV MovieCas
Laugh Busters1984TV MovieHank (1984)
Spencer1984TV Series
The Dukes of Hazzard1984TV SeriesCharlie
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show1984TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Antony and Cleopatra1984TV MovieMardian
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries1984TV SeriesGroundskeeper
Webster1984TV SeriesJudge Barshall
Going Bananas1984TV SeriesHank
Hardcastle and McCormick1984TV Series
Simon & Simon1983-1984TV SeriesRoy / Huey
Legmen1984TV SeriesNo Neck
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesTolliver
The Jeffersons1983TV SeriesColeman
Newhart1983TV SeriesConstruction Worker
Tales of the Gold Monkey1983TV SeriesGabriel
The Stunt Man1980Man Playing Pinball (uncredited)
The Blues Brothers1980Man dancing outside Ray's shop (uncredited)


The Guerrero Project2004Documentary executive producer


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jambareeqi Reviews2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2014DocumentaryHimself
Unscripted2011TV SeriesHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Dishing Tea with Big Meach2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Catch 212009TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Antonia Pantoja ¡Presente!2008DocumentaryHimself
Directors on Directing 2: The Story of the Storytellers2008DocumentaryHimself
The Singing Bee2007TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHimself
2007 Trumpet Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Chabad Telethon2006TV MovieHimself
2006 LA Area Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The New American Sportsman2005TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself
A History of Black Achievement in America2005TV Series documentaryNarrator - Host
The History Makers2005Video documentaryHost
Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look2005Video shortHimself
The Guerrero Project2004DocumentaryNarrator
Pet Star2003TV Series documentaryJudge
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Street Smarts2003TV SeriesContestant
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
2002 Trumpet Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
Match Game1998TV SeriesHimself / panelist
Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Going Places1997TV SeriesHost
Live with Kelly and Michael1996TV SeriesHimself
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1996TV SeriesHimself / Philip Banks
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase1993TV SeriesHimself
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?1992TV SeriesHimself
Reading Rainbow1992TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Into the Night1990TV SeriesHimself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Dishing Tea with Big Meach2014TV Mini-SeriesHimself
That '70s Show Special: The Final Goodbye2006TV SpecialOfficer Kennedy

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