For the first three seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Avery was required to let his hair grow out to differentiate him from the character of "Hawk" from Spenser: For Hire. By the opening of the fourth season, he shaved his head again.
In 2007, Avery gained the lead role in Christopher Marlowe's play, Tamburlaine.
Avery Brooks provides the voiceover for Captain Benjamin Sisko on the video game Star Trek: Legacy.
At the end of Ossie Davis' funeral on February 12, 2005, Avery read the epilogue from the 1961 play Purlie Victorious, which Davis wrote.
Avery frequently makes appearances at scifi conventions in support of his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Avery was given an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Oberlin College in May, 1996. He was also given an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Buffalo State University in May, 1998.
Avery was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater in April, 1994.
Avery is an accomplished jazz pianist.
Avery has performed title role of the Phillip Hayes Dean play, Paul Robeson, since 1982 at Los Angeles, CA's Westwood Playhouse, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC & Broadway's Longacre Theatre. His appearances at the Longacre Theatre were between December 18 and 31, 1995.
Avery appeared in TV commercials for IBM e-Business software beginning in May, 2000.
In 1996 and 1997, Avery was nominated for the Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). In 1997, Avery was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
In 1998, Avery was nominated for the Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special for Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) for the episode "The Golden Goose".
Benjamin Sisko, Avery's character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), was ranked number 50 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
Avery and his wife have three children: Ayana, Asante, and Cabral.
In 1993, Avery was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Avery is 6' 1" (1.85 m) .
Avery: (on the role of Benjamin Sisko) When I read the pilot script, it was the presentation of a man dealing with loss and raising a son, and how he handled those situations, that really got my attention.
Avery Brooks (talking about the human tendency not to learn from history's lessons): People do not connect with what happened last week, let alone what happened 20 years ago.
Avery Brooks: (discussing the final episode of Deep Space Nine) The show ran for seven years. It was a long, long road. I did have some reservations initially when I read the script [for the series finale: 'What You Leave Behind'], because I thought they were going to really kill Sisko. I took that very literally, and asked the producers, 'Why are you killing Sisko?' The Producers told me, 'Look we thought you'd be thrilled because we had made him a God!' The difference, of course, is you have Sisko with another child on the way. You still have Sisko with a young man [Jake Sisko] trying to find his way, and you make him a God! That wasn't fair.
Avery (On his reasons for taking a role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine): One of the reasons that I accepted, once asked to do Star Trek, was to give a single child a chance to see the long thought, to see themselves some 400 years hence. It occurred to me that we must ensure that we keep in front of children the ever-changing horizon. To let the children know that there is possibility, to let the children know that someone is not going to take away or destroy this world before they have a chance.
Avery: If I were a carpenter, I'd find a way to empower using that skill. I'm using as much as God has given - my mind, my voice, my heart, my art forms. This is the highest form of expression on the planet from God, to me, to you.
Avery (On his role as Hawk in Spenser: For Hire & the show's spin off, A Man Called Hawk): I never thought of myself as the sidekick. I've never been the side of anything. I just assumed that I was equal. People ask, `Aren't you excited to get a spin-off?' and I say, `No, no. This is not a spin-off. Hawk was already spinning.'
Avery: It's the year 2000. But where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars! I don't see any flying cars! Why? Why? Why?