Avery Brooks

Actor, Singer, Director
This tenured faculty member of Rutgers University's drama department enjoyed a varied performing career singing jazz, acting in Shakespeare and appearing in occasional regional and off-Broadway ventures when wide ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1948 in Evansville, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Leon Jackson (Actor)

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Jesus: The Complete Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Our Savage Sun 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pops Goes the Fourth 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Walking With Dinosaurs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Walking With Dinosaurs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Apartheid's Last Stand 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

South Georgia Island: Paradise of Ice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Space Colonies: Living Among the Stars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Africa's Elephant Kingdom 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

American History X 1998 (Movie)

Sweeney (Actor)

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Paris (Actor)

The Two Nations of Black America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Science of Star Trek 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Passion For Faith 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Musical Legacy of Roland Hayes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Trackdown: Prisoners on the Street 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Hawk 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Trackdown (11/19/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Trackdown (12/04/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gordon Parks: Moments Without Proper Names 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spenser: For Hire 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Finnegan Begin Again 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon Northrup's Odyssey 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Ancient Evidence (TV Show)

Host

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Land of the Mammoth (TV Show)

Narrator

Marian Anderson (TV Show)

Narrator

Roots: The Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Spenser: A Judas Goat (TV Show)

Actor

Spenser: A Savage Place (TV Show)

Actor

Spenser: Ceremony (TV Show)

Actor

The Ernest Green Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This tenured faculty member of Rutgers University's drama department enjoyed a varied performing career singing jazz, acting in Shakespeare and appearing in occasional regional and off-Broadway ventures when wide popular success on TV in the 1980s arrived as he approached middle age. With his booming voice, piercing gaze and forthright manner, Brooks made a galvanizing sidekick of sorts for Robert Urich as the bald-pated, rather mysterious Hawk on the popular ABC detective drama, "Spenser: For Hire" (1985-88). When that show went off the air Brooks continued for a season with his own spinoff series, "A Man Called Hawk" (1989).

Brooks's stage career augmented his appearances on the small screen. His proud, imposing presence made him an excellent choice to play controversial actor-singer Paul Robeson in several biographical dramas, as well as a role Robeson himself was famous for, Othello. When he agreed to play Commander Benjamin Sisko on the third "Star Trek" series, "Deep Space Nine", Brooks knew that he would be subject to careful scrutiny from scores of Trekkers who, for varying reasons, had idolized William Shatner and Patrick Stewart as other, earlier Trek commanders. Brooks, though, deftly brought to bear his own brand of quiet authority to Sisko, in charge of a remote outer space outpost.

Relationships

Asante Brooks

Child

Ayana Brooks

Daughter

Cabral Brooks

Son

Vicki Brooks

Wife
works as an assistant dean at Rutgers University

Samuel Brooks

Father
sang with the gospel group Wings Over Jordan

Eva Brooks

Mother
held master's degree in music from Northwestern University one of the first African-American women to earn such a degree

EDUCATION

Oberlin College

Milestones

1989

Recreated the role of Hawk on the ABC spinoff series, "A Man Called Hawk", co-produced by Avery Brooks Productions

1988

Again played Paul Robeson when he starred Off-Broadway in the biographical drama, "Paul Robeson"

1987

Played Uncle Tom in a made-for-Showtime TV adaptation, "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

1985

Played Hawk on the ABC detective series, "Spenser: For Hire"

1984

Played the title role in "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey", a PBS drama based on the writings of a mid-19th century American slave

1982

Premiered on-man show "Paul Robeson"

1979

Played actor-singer Paul Robeson in an off-Broadway production dealing with blacklisting in the 1950s, "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?"

Played Commander Benjamin Sisko on the syndicated sci-fi series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; also helmed episodes

Starred in the title role of "Othello" in a production of the Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Theater in Washington DC

Hosted three installments of "Trackdown", reality-based TV specials

Bonus Trivia

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Brooks on one of his best known characterizations, that of Hawk on TV's "Spenser: For Hire" and its spinoff series, "A Man Called Hawk": "While playing Hawk, I was very conscious of playing a character that by definition was mythical in dimension. If you look beyond the superficiality of wearing sunglasses at night, the gun and the big car, you have the makings of the consummate blues hero." (From press release material for the TV-movie, "Spenser: Ceremony")

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