James Avery is an American actor best known for his role as the patriarch and attorney (later judge) Philip Banks in the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, whom Will Smith's character affectionately called "Uncle Phil".
This character was ranked #34 in TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time". He played the role from 1990-1996.
He also provided the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series, as well as War Machine in the animated series Iron Man and Spider-Man.
In addition, Avery played Michael Kelso's officer at the police academy late in the series run of the popular sitcom That '70s Show.