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Avery Brooks Birth Name: Avery Franklin Brooks
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Biography and Career:

Avery Brooks was born on October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana, U.S. He is an American actor, jazz musician, opera singer and college professor.

Avery Brooks is the son of Eva Lydia, a chorale conductor and music instructor, and Samuel Brooks, a union official and tool and die worker. His maternal grandfather, Samuel Travis Crawford, was also a singer. They shifted to Gary, Indiana when he was 8 years old. His mother was the first African-American women to earn a master's degree in music at Northwestern University. He studied at the Indiana University and Oberlin College and got a B.A. and M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1976 and he became the first African- American to get a MFA in acting a nd directing from Rutgers.

He played the role of Hawk on the ABC television detective series Spenser: For Hire in 1985. In 1989 he did a short lived spinoff series A Man Called Hawk. He again played the role of Hawk in four Spenser television movies: Spenser: Ceremony, Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes, Spenser: The Judas Goat and Spenser: A Savage Place. He was one among the six actors to lend his voice for Star Trek: Captain's Chair. He has also directed nine episodes of the series including "Far beyond the Stars", an episode focusing on racial injustice.

Apart from acting he is also a professor of the theatre at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. He has been a professor for more than three decades. He has also taught at Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University. He was the Artistic Director for the National Black Arts Festival in connection with Rutgers University from 1993 to 1996.

He has also performed on stage with Butch Morris, Lester Bowie, and Jon Hendricks. He is deep baritone singer. He played the main role in Anthony Davis opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X in 1985.

Why do we like Avery Brooks?

We like Avery Brooks because he a multi talented person.

Why is Avery Brooks Famous?

He is famous because of his roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and his film role in American History X.

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Avery Brooks Movies

The Mirror Has Two Faces
American History X
The Big Hit
The Greatest Places
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Quest for Life
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The Better Hour
Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special
Ancient Evidence
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Jesus: The Complete Story
Land of the Mammoth
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Man Called Hawk
Spenser: For Hire
Africa`s Elephant Kingdom
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Avery Brooks on Flying Cars


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Date Added: 27 February '10

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