How tall is James Avery

James Avery's Height

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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berta said on 24/Mar/16
looked closer to 194 with chevy chase. Randy quaid looked taller with chevy than avery
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
James/Rob

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").
RIP
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.

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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
James/Rob

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

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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!!!
the shredder said on 31/Jul/12
Rob , Chase has bigger footwear , Avery is 6'5 .
the shredder said 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]
the shredder said on 29/Jul/12
Rob , have you looked at the vid ? How much do you think between him and Chase ?
[Editor Rob: sometimes it could be 2 in the clip, sometimes maybe a little less.]
the shredder said on 26/Jul/12
Danimal , I'm not saying i WANT Chase 6'2 , I'm saying that ROB has him 6'3 and even if Chase is ROB's listing then Avery is not shorter then about 6'5.5 , I see 2 to 3 inches on Chase , if chase really is the minimum 6'4 that you think then Avery is 6'6 with ease !
Danimal said on 25/Jul/12
the shredder says on 23/Jul/12
Rob , you have Chase at 6'3 , Chase could have to be under if Avery is shorter then 6'5 in Fletch

So you want 6'4" (minimum peak) Chevy Chase at 6'2" now, but 5'6" and change Tom Cruise at 5'8"? Can't have it both ways Shredder. Chase had inches on John Candy in the early 80's. FACT.
the shredder said on 23/Jul/12
Rob , you have Chase at 6'3 , Chase could have to be under if Avery is shorter then 6'5 in Fletch
the shredder said on 15/Jun/12
Danimal says on 15/Jun/12
the shredder says on 14/Jun/12
Rob , James was 6'5 minimum , look at him with 6'3.5 Chase at :38 and more .

Oh for crying out loud, stop lowering Chevy Chase's peak height. Chevy was at least 6'4" in his prime. He had 2-3" on John Candy. Watch the end of National Lampoon's Vacation (early 80's). Chevy in sandals. John in big chunky dress shoes and Chevy significantly taller than him when they are side by side in the last picture. He also had 3-4" on Dan Akroyd. He was also said to be 6'5" in Fletch in the dream sequence when he was a basketball player. 6'5" and actually 6'9" with the Afro. He was also the same height as 6'4" Jack Palance. Solid 6'4" guy up until the early 1994 or so.

I was doing by Rob's listing ... Ned Beatty called , he wants his job back from Network .
Danimal said on 15/Jun/12
the shredder says on 14/Jun/12
Rob , James was 6'5 minimum , look at him with 6'3.5 Chase at :38 and more .

Oh for crying out loud, stop lowering Chevy Chase's peak height. Chevy was at least 6'4" in his prime. He had 2-3" on John Candy. Watch the end of National Lampoon's Vacation (early 80's). Chevy in sandals. John in big chunky dress shoes and Chevy significantly taller than him when they are side by side in the last picture. He also had 3-4" on Dan Akroyd. He was also said to be 6'5" in Fletch in the dream sequence when he was a basketball player. 6'5" and actually 6'9" with the Afro. He was also the same height as 6'4" Jack Palance. Solid 6'4" guy up until the early 1994 or so.
the shredder said on 14/Jun/12
Rob , did you see the 6'4 claim ?
[Editor Rob: it doesn't look a direct quote]
the shredder said on 14/Jun/12
WOW ROB , I was just on Will's and a user found him claiming 6'4 with a video of him with M.C. Ginley and he looks it , both making Will look 6'1 .
the shredder said on 14/Jun/12
Rob , here is the link ... :38 and more , Avery was 6'5 with ease Click Here
the shredder said on 14/Jun/12
Rob , James was 6'5 minimum , look at him with 6'3.5 Chase at :38 and more .
the shredder said on 4/Jan/12
Still at least 2" on Smith , I agree with Rob , 6'3 with not standing up , Smith is 186cm maximum , I still laugh at the 188cm comments . .
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jan/12
Actually saw a recent pic where
he looked only slightly taller
than Will. Rob, could Mr. R be
right in saying that Avery may
be 6ft2-6ft3 nowadays?
[Editor Rob: maybe he looks 6ft 3 with poor posture today?]
the shredder said on 15/Dec/11
Rob , Did you say he looked 6'5 on Enterprise ? If he does I saw an interview where he said he had 3 " shoes !
[Editor Rob: he did look huge, maybe the klingon style boots were the reason!]
the shredder said on 1/Dec/11
I guess Will is 5'11.5 then LOL .
Mr. R said on 30/Nov/11
James is now between 6-2 and 6-3. I see his wife all the time.
Danimal said on 28/Nov/11
NO, he is described as 6'3" and 250 pounds NOT 260 pounds!!!
jasperwazap said on 27/Nov/11
on fresh prince will described him as 6'3'' 260
ANDREA[ITA] said on 9/Sep/11
ahah james you're just ridicolous! You said 6'4 first then since you want to keep 6'1.5 will smith believable at that height you said he looked a weak 6'5! hahah change your work
James said on 5/Sep/11
He defenintly looked a weak 6'5 next too will smith
Marc E said on 25/Aug/11
Ho can he even by 6 feet when he isnt as tall aqs AC Slater from saved by cthe bell who is only 5ft and a bit in his wresling shoes which are quiet thin admitdly? if it werent greeko-roman style wresling he woudl be even taller
Giant Spaniel said on 24/Aug/11
8ft Dan, you are soooooooo wrong. Everyone knows that the cast of Fresh Prince are all midgets, and that James Avery is only 3ft 2.13 inches. Will Smith is also a midget, but is made to look taller in his other work thanks to high-tech wizardry. I also heard a rumour that James Avery is shrinking and will one day collapse on himself, causing a massive black hole that transports the entire universe to the Fresh Prince set, and all you can hear for eternity is the sound of canned laughter when there's a cameo from jazzy Jeff. A terrifying future.
AS said on 24/Aug/11
In an episode of FP of B James once walked through a door. As he walked through i paused it and measured the height of the door on screen with a ruler. I then calculated a scale based on the standard height of a door in a beverley hills mansion and then calculated the gap between the top of his head and the door frame. According to my numbers he was 6ft 4.38". Of course, he was wearing shoes, they looked like brogues which would probably have a 1.1" heel and we must obviously factor in the time of day as people are taller when just out of bed. The weather outside was bright and from the position of the shadows I would guess it was 1pm when filming of this scene was done so I would say his out of bed height is 6ft 4.5 unless of course he'd had a lie in that day and so the 6ft 4.38" (in brogues) is his full height.
atdhe said on 23/Aug/11
looked almost 3inches taller then will smith in prince of bel air
so I believe 194cm is just right for him
8ft Dan said on 23/Aug/11
I reckon on a stepladder that was sinking in a particularly soft bog he would be 2.3 inches lower than a bee flying at a wildly fluctuating height,
m said on 20/Aug/11
Next to Ashton Kutcher in that 70s Show he looked a little less than 6'4, so maybe 6'4.5 or even more in his prime.
Shaun said on 19/Aug/11
Looks an easy 3 inches taller than Smith, much like 6'4.5" peak Goldblum did. 194-95cm legit and over 300 pounds back then, looks a lot less now though.
James said on 18/Aug/11
defenitnly 2 on will these days.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Aug/11
Avery would have 2in on Will Smith in 2011.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jul/11
I think today he might be fluctuating between 192-193cm.
At his peak a solid 194cm or 195cm. Nearer 6ft5.
James said on 12/Jun/11
looked 6'4 i thought in comparison to 6'1.25-6'1.5 Will Smith in the Fresh Prince.
Mathew said on 11/May/11
Peak height 6'4" for sure, maybe 6'4.5", not 6'5". He's probably shorter than 6'4" now, but he was a legit 6'4" on Fresh Prince.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Apr/11
He's barely 6"4 today but at peak he could have been 6"5 or close..

But in Fresh Prince he was in his 50s so he may already have shrunk a small bit..he usually looked at least 6"4 in comparison to 6"1.5-6"2 Will Smith but other times could look closer to 6"3
James said on 22/Feb/11
he didn't look over 193cm to me in the Fresh Prince
John said on 13/Feb/11
Just saw him in the streets last week,
Now he is 62 years old, he is not as tall as that, I'm exactly 6'3.25, we had the same footwear and were about the same height.
Mathew said on 30/Dec/10
Peak he was for sure 6'4" - 6'4.5". I'm not sure if he still quite stands that tall today.
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.
something is off

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