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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With James Avery

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
James Avery was born on November 27, 1948 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Settling in San Diego, Avery wrote poetry and television scripts, winning an Emmy Award. Awarded a scholarship to the University of California, San Diego, he earned a B.A. in drama and literature. Best known for appearing in the role of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Avery's credits include the television shows Sparks and Showtime's Soul Food; and the films Dancing in September, Dr. Doolittle 2 and License to Drive. Avery playing the lead in Othello at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and he also appeared onstage at the Back Alley and Met Theatres in Los Angeles. He hosted the critically acclaimed PBS series Going Places. Avery passed away on December 31, 2013 at the age of sixty-five.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
199 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with James Avery
James Avery
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Los Angeles, California 2003 June 24.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 18 min., 4 sec.)) : sound, color
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