"Our condolences to aunt Florence (his mother), Miss Barbara (his wife) and all those who loved him. Rest in peace James."
Avery was a classically trained actor who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His first role onscreen was that of an uncredited dancer in 1980's The Blues Brothers.
Avery's distinctive voice and gravitas provided him with many distinguished roles, such as doctors, professors, and -- as was the case in Fresh Prince -- judges. He was also a sought-after voice actor, playing Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and Rhodey/War Machine in the 1990s Iron Man and Spider-Man cartoons.
Avery is survived by his wife, mother, and step-son.