The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon had been well established on the air by the time NBC launched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, so viewers now had a face to match the voice of the Turtles' nemesis, Shredder.
James Avery had previously voiced the animated persona of wrestler Junkyard Dog on Hulk Hogan's Rock & Wrestling, and today, he joins the Dog (Sylvester Ritter) in Heaven, having passed away at 65. In memoriam, we present a clip of Avery in his role as lawyer Philip Banks, the uncle to the Fresh Prince (Will Smith). A more detailed review of Fresh Prince appears on my other blog, The Land of Whatever.
Rest in peace, James.