While starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, James appeared in 1 The More You Know spot for NBC's public service announcement campaign. His topic was school support.
James appeared on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's music video I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson as Don King.
After James left the military, he relocated to San Diego, and began to write TV scripts and poetry for PBS.
James' wife, Barbara, is the Dean of Student Life at Occidental College in California.
James is known for his voice overs, having done voice work for numerous cartoons and advertisements. His most famous voice over was most likely that of "Shredder" for seven years on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
James has several hobbies including snorkelling, swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
James served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
James often plays characters who are in legal or high-level professional fields.
James is married to Barbara Avery. They wed in 1988 and, as at the end of 2008, are still married.
James is 6' 5" (1.96 m) tall.
James graduated from the University of California in San Diego.
James Avery: You couldn't get mad. You always had to remain calm no matter what, because they wanted you to get mad. And you had to succeed no matter what.
James Avery: You make a decision about how you want to live your life."