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James Avery's Height is 6ft 5in (196 cm)

American actor best remembered for playing Philip Banks on the tv series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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FreshPrince said on 7/Aug/15
He was 6'5. He looked taller to will earlier in the show because when the show started will was slightly a inch or two shorter than he was at the end of the series.
james b said on 23/May/15
in the very early seasons of fresh prince he looked 6'5.
Jim said on 8/Mar/15
He was a solid 6'4", maybe even 6'4.5" in his prime. Big guy and was a great actor. May he RIP.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Oct/14
He still looked a solid 6ft4 in the last few years of his life...
James B said on 22/Apr/14
Took away his current 6'4 listing out of respect rob?
[Editor Rob: well, anybody who is no longer with us gets their peak height back.]
James B said on 16/Mar/14
I agree in the 1990-1991 season of the fresh prince he did look slightly taller than he did in the later seasons of the fresh prince. Defo seemed a bigger gap between him and will in the early seasons.
Lillo thomas said on 10/Mar/14
In the early seasons of Fresh prince series james avery look about 6'5 easily 4 inches taller than will smith . James avery next to Will looked similar how Will smith look next to michael jordan.
5ft10guy said on 4/Jan/14
Rest in Peace James .I grew up watching the show and besides his height he always had a big presence and touched me as kid always will love this guy for it rest in peace.
Balrog said on 2/Jan/14
Rest in peace
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jan/14
1.85 m, 83 kg says on 27/May/13

Contrary to your comments, class III obese patients often have an inch or two extra in height due to the build-up of fat around their head and feet. However, the weight definitely may have compressed his spine in terms of height loss later in life.

If that was really true Steven Seagal would now be 6'6.5"...
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jan/14
RIP big man!
Frank said on 2/Jan/14
Probably when he was young around 195 cms(64.75") cms and in the serie with Will Smith around 193 cms(64").
MIKESOWELL said on 1/Jan/14
R.I.P. James Avery
avi said on 1/Jan/14
Always looked 2.5-3 taller than will Smith .
Arch, didn't make smith look 6'0 he looks 6'1 next to Avery even if Avery was 6'4 flat. I say 6'4.5 and will Smith 6'1.5 area. Smith would do goofy things with his arms and bend his shoulders and instantly drop 1/2-1 inch in height. Maybe then he looked under 6'1 next to Avery who just stood normally .
Kaiserchief said on 1/Jan/14
Rip my hero he died way to young today
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Dec/13
He looked at least a strong 6ft4 on The Fresh Prince. There was roughly 2.5-3in between him and Will Smith. In the years before that he was probably 6ft5.
the shredder said on 17/Oct/13
At least 3 inches on Will Smith.
Mathew said on 14/Oct/13
I saw a couple episodes of Fresh Prince recently. I think he looked 6'4", no shorter no taller.
Mathew said on 10/Sep/13
Dom says on 15/Jul/13
He's definitely 6'4 in the Fresh prince days. No way was he taller than that if Will is 6'1.


Yeah, I'd put approximately 3" between the 2 on that show. I don't think the difference was as much as a full 4" (or as little as a flat 2").
Dom said on 15/Jul/13
He's definitely 6'4 in the Fresh prince days. No way was he taller than that if Will is 6'1.
1.85 m, 83 kg said on 27/May/13

Contrary to your comments, class III obese patients often have an inch or two extra in height due to the build-up of fat around their head and feet. However, the weight definitely may have compressed his spine in terms of height loss later in life.
1.85 m, 83 kg said on 25/May/13
6'4" peak, 6'3" now. I guarantee it.
Mathew said on 15/Apr/13
James says on 7/Jan/13
6'4.5 range during fresh prince era


Agreed. I don't know if he was ever any taller than that, but he looked easily 6'4" - 6'4.5" range on Fresh Prince.
James said on 7/Jan/13
6'4.5 range during fresh prince era
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Dec/12
Looked a weak 6ft5 during The Fresh Prince era. I think Will Smith could look 6ft2 next to Avery at times
Iillo Thomas said on 17/Nov/12
Avery got 4 inches on will smith in the earlier seasons . The difference look 3 -3.5 inches in the later seasons . Will smith change his shoes .
James said on 4/Nov/12
Do u think most likely rob he was the full 196cm in his 20's and because of being overweight perhaps that might have robbed him of some height!

Do you think possibly 194cm in the fresh Prince days?
[Editor Rob: I think dropping a fraction by 40 for a big guy like him isn't that unbelievable. ]
James said on 4/Nov/12
Rob how could he be 6'5 peak when he had no more than 3 inches on will smith who you think might be 6'1.5 tops?

its unlikely he would have already lost 1 inch from his peak by the time of the fresh prince? 6'4 seems too make more sense for his peak overall.
[Editor Rob: depends on when he started to lose height, maybe he never did during the tv show. I think he could look 3 or 3.5 inches taller]
Arch Stanton said on 3/Nov/12
the shredder says on 30/Jul/12
Rob , so is 6'5 peak good ? ... He made Will look 6'0 on FP !
[Editor Rob: it could be for him]

Avery had 3 inches on Will Smith not 5!!!
archayus said on 6/Oct/07
cut off your feet
tori said on 19/Sep/07
im 5'10''. im a girl. i wanna be about 5'6''. any suggestions?! PLEASE HELP ME
lillo thomas said on 4/Sep/07
i think that that height(6-4.5) is his peak height. nowdays is closer to 6-4 flat or even less than that.
jamesb said on 3/Sep/07
james avey is 6'4.5, nobody say anything about that
lillo thomas said on 19/Aug/07
James Avery is about 3 inches taller than will smith. will is 6-2.5 in his dreams.
James said on 18/Aug/07
Will described him on the Fresh Prince once as being 6ft3, yet Will Smith claims he is 6ft2.5. Somehow I can see more than a 2 cm difference between him and uncle Phil lol
Matt Thomas said on 21/Jul/07
Dude anyone seen that episode where Will goes to the pool hall? How tall was that bum that was there he was even taller than avery whos usually the tallest on the show hopefully someone knows what im talking about
lillo thomas said on 14/Jul/07
i think that 6-4.5 is James Avery peak height . in fresh prince episodes he look 3-3.5 inches taller than 6-0.5 Will Smith in many shots. In others shots of course they use camera angle tricks to made the difference smaller between the two.In that shots the difference between the two look smaller about 2 inches.
supes78 said on 26/Jan/07
A few years ago, he was interviewed by Etertainment Tonight regarding his massive weight loss and he described himself as being 6'4". He could have been rounding down but he's always looked 6'4" to me.
Derek said on 26/Jan/07
James had Forest Whitaker by a minimum of 2", so 6'4" and change minimum today, and 6'5" during Fresh Prince.
the shredder said on 21/Dec/06
lol , in fresh prince he was decribed as " about 6'3 and 250 lbs " by .................... IM 6'2.5 WILL SMITH !

ok Will . James is more then 250 lbs , and if hes only 6'3 ? then your 6'0 max .
Jake said on 16/Apr/06
He always seemed to have been 6'4" - 6'4.5" years ago, 6'3" is a possible these days though.
Josh said on 3/Apr/06
Personally judging from watching an episode of Fresh Prince right now and knowing that Will Smith is 6'2, James Avery looks to be 6'4 from the side by side comparison between then two.
Link said on 20/Mar/06
ashton is 6'1 no taller, james is 6'4 ish, id say he might be 6'5 but more nearer the 6'4 mark personally from fresh prince episodes
Mr. R said on 20/Feb/06
I saw James Avery the other night at The Pan African Film Festival, and I agree with JB - at this point, Avery is 6-3. From looking at Fresh Prince, I do agree that he was over 6-4, but time and bulk have made him a little smaller.

[Editor Rob: looked big in that tv show in 2004, but then since he was a klingon, it is possible he had larger boots...]
tgri said on 13/Feb/06
if james avery is only 6'3 or 6'4 then will smith is not 6'2. i think hes more 6'4.5 or 6'5 cuase i can't see will being under 6'1 at his peak . iam still lost on alfonso . he looked about 5'7 next to will , but if you look at recent pics .. he is looking pretty short ' mm'.

[Editor Rob: avery was on an episode of Enterprise last year. Even accounting for footwear, near John Billingsey (whom I'd met), he looked nearer 6ft 5 than 6ft 3...]
JB said on 4/Jan/06
I actually met James Avery at LAX. He's a about 6'3". I'm 6'3.5" and I am taller than him.
C said on 19/Dec/05
In some shots, he looks about 4 inches taller than the 6'2'' Smith. However, I watched an episode (the one about Ashley's singing career) and James Avery looked only about 2 inches taller than Smith when they were standing really close to each other. I think that 6'4'' is about right.
joe said on 4/Dec/05
wow i thought that he was about 6'7''tall but a couple inches could miss understand but 2-3 inches can change.
Young Montana said on 11/Nov/05
There's an episode of That '70s Show with Ashton Kutcher and James Avery as cops and they were standing near each other by a cop car. Avery looked alot taller, like 3 inches than Ashton who is supposed to be 6-2. So Avery is more like 6-5.
James said on 17/Oct/05
No, James Avery was clearly about 2-3 inches taller than the 6'2" Will. When you guys see someone who's 3 inches taller than somebody, you make it taller than it seems. Im 5'8", and my boy Levar is only 5'5"(were both only 17) anyways, my friend is only 3 inches shorter, but the top of his head is around my eyes.

You have James Avery right on the dot Rob, he's about 6 ft.4.5, no more, no less.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 16/Jul/05
Probally always 6'4 or 6'4.5 cuz I've been watchin Fresh Prince on Nick at Nite lately n Avery seems 2 inches bigger but in some shots he looks 6'6 but I think hes 6'4.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 1/Jun/05
Yeah probally in his prime J.A, was 6'6 I think cause in Fresh Prince he looked atleast 4 inches bigger than Smith whos 6'2 I think but yea nowadays he's probally 6'5 or 6'4.5 so this is probally right
Smoke said on 28/Mar/05
He looks 2-3 inches taller than Will, before he started to shrink. Nowadays he's probably closer to 6'4", but at his peak he was definately 6'5". I think Smith is 6'2" on the dot, he's a little bit shorter than 6'2.5" Hugh Jackman and thus he's 2-3 inches shorter than 6'4"-6'5" than Avery. It was definately closer to 3 on Fresh Prince.

[Editor Rob: Yeah, Avery's bulky frame probably has had the effect of shaving a 1cm from his height...]
jrock said on 28/Mar/05
if will smith is 6ft 2in, then james avery has to be more like 6ft 6in.
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