Val Avery

Actor
With a career spanning almost 50 years and hundreds of screen credits, Val Avery was one of the most inexhaustible character actors of the 20th century. A flight instructor during World War II, Avery began his acting ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadows 2000 (Movie)

Carlo Pierazzi (Actor)

A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

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Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

Trafficante (Actor)

Assault at West Point 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Civil Wars 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Secret Service 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Courage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Messenger 1987 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

Chief Halliwell (Actor)

The Streets 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Nunzi (Actor)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Louie the Bartender (Actor)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

Yablonowitz (Actor)

Jinxed! 1981 (Movie)

Milt (Actor)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Man with Siakwan (Actor)

The Sting II 1981 (Movie)

O'Malley (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Wendel (Actor)

Choices 1980 (Movie)

Coach Rizo (Actor)

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

College Dean (Actor)

Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

Caruso (Actor)

The Amityville Horror 1979 (Movie)

Sergeant Gionfriddo (Actor)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

Mr Sharp (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 1978 (Movie)

Factory Boss (Actor)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Chatsworth (Actor)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 (Movie)

Blair Benoit (Actor)

Let's Do It Again 1975 (Movie)

Lieutenant Bottomley (Actor)

Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

Dolph (Actor)

Russian Roulette 1975 (Movie)

Rudolph Henke (Actor)

Blood Sport 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

Cardoza (Actor)

Firehouse 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Papillon 1973 (Movie)

Pascal (Actor)

The Laughing Policeman 1973 (Movie)

Pappas (Actor)

Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 (Movie)

Zelmo (Actor)

Who Fears the Devil? 1971 (Movie)

Cobart (Actor)

Machine Gun McCain 1970 (Movie)

Chuck Regan (Actor)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

Socks Parelli (Actor)

Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow 1970 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

A Dream of Kings 1969 (Movie)

Fatsas (Actor)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

Jim McCarthy (Actor)

The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)

Jake Rotherman (Actor)

The Pink Jungle 1968 (Movie)

Rodriguez (Actor)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Assault on a Queen 1966 (Movie)

Trench (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

Delgado (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Buck Mason (Actor)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

Pudgey (Actor)

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

Denver Bartender (Actor)

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

Stein (Actor)

Hud 1962 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Requiem For a Heavyweight 1961 (Movie)

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Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

Frielobe (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Last Train From Gun Hill 1958 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

Wilk (Actor)

Edge of the City 1956 (Movie)

Brother (Actor)

The Harder They Fall 1956 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

A Tattered Web (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

The Fuller Brush Girl (Movie)

Burlesque Patron (Actor)

Biography

With a career spanning almost 50 years and hundreds of screen credits, Val Avery was one of the most inexhaustible character actors of the 20th century. A flight instructor during World War II, Avery began his acting career in 1955 with a small part on an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents." Though you'd never know it from his smile, Avery's appearance often led him to take on tough-guy roles as thugs, Mafiosos, or hard-nosed cops. After a few small parts on TV Westerns such as "Zane Grey Theater" and "Rawhide," he was cast in a supporting role opposite Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning "Hud" in 1963. Living in New York City, Avery befriended influential indie filmmaker John Cassavetes, who subsequently cast him in several of his films, including the gritty drama "Faces" in 1968 and "Minnie and Moskowitz" in 1971. Avery appeared in episodes of many of the prominent crime dramas of the 1970s and '80s, with stints on everything from the detective series "Columbo" to the forensic show "Quincy M.E.." Though he was known for portraying thugs, he did occasionally break out of the mold, notably with a comic turn as a cop in Sidney Poitier's "Let's Do It Again" in 1975. His reputation as a character actor in New York led to obligatory appearances on "Law & Order" in the '90s, and in 1997 he was cast as a gangster in the critically acclaimed thriller "Donnie Brasco."

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