James Avery

Active - 1980 - 2014  |   Born - Nov 27, 1945 in Pughsville, Virginia, United States  |   Died - Dec 31, 2013   |   Genres - Comedy, Travel, Drama, Mystery

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  • Joined the Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam.
  • Settled in San Diego after leaving the Navy, writing scripts for PBS and eventually earning a scholarship to study at the University of California.
  • His character Philip Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was ranked #34 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
  • Has a scholarship in his name at Thurgood Marshall College at UC San Diego.