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      Val Avery

      Val Avery

      Highest Rated: 94% Hombre (1967)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Cobra (1986)

      Birthday: Jul 14, 1924

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      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."

      Highest rated movies

      Hombre
      The Magnificent Seven
      Faces
      Hud
      Sharky's Machine
      Minnie and Moskowitz
      Too Late Blues
      The Anderson Tapes

      Photos

      BLACK CAESAR, Val Avery, Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson, 1973. EDGE OF THE CITY, Kathleen Maguire (left rear), John Cassavetes (left front), Val Avery (right front), 1957 FACES, Gene Darfler, Val Avery, 1968 FACES, Gena Rowlands, Gene Darfler, Val Avery, 1968 FACES, John Marley, Val Avery, 1968

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 39% In the Shadows Carlo Pierazzi (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Messenger Clark (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courage Pete Solto (Character) - 1986
      18% 43% Cobra Chief Halliwell (Character) $47.5M 1986
      No Score Yet 21% Too Scared to Scream Dr. Richards (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% Out of the Darkness Guido Pressano (Character) - 1985
      60% 58% Easy Money Louie the Bartender (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment Berlin Talaat (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 29% Jinxed! Milt Hawkins (Character) - 1982
      75% 79% The Chosen Teacher (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 22% Choices Coach Rizzo (Character) - 1981
      83% 62% Sharky's Machine Det. Ted Roper (Character) - 1981
      73% 54% Continental Divide Yablonowitz (Character) - 1981
      75% 74% Brubaker Wendel (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 39% Love and Bullets Caruso (Character) - 1979
      31% 52% The Amityville Horror Sgt. Gionfriddo (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed the Centerfold Model? Chuck Voit (Character) - 1977
      27% 52% Heroes Bus Driver (Character) - 1977
      50% 32% Harry and Walter Go to New York Chatsworth (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 40% Russian Roulette Henke (Character) - 1975
      33% 38% Lucky Lady Dolph (Character) - 1975
      60% 86% Let's Do It Again Lt. Bottomley (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 20% Firehouse Sonny Caputo (Character) - 1973
      64% 63% Black Caesar Cardoza (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsport Frank Dorsdale (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Hillbilly John Cobart (Character) - 1972
      76% 54% The Anderson Tapes Parelli (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 40% A Tattered Web Sgt. Harry Barnes (Character) - 1971
      81% 85% Minnie and Moskowitz Zelmo Swift (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 50% A Dream of Kings Fatsas (Character) - 1969
      85% 87% Faces Jim McCarthy (Character) - 1968
      94% 80% Hombre Delgado (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 36% Assault on a Queen Trench (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones Morgan (Character) - 1966
      85% 89% Hud Jose (cowhand) (Character) - 1963
      80% 71% Too Late Blues Frielobe (Character) - 1962
      89% 87% The Magnificent Seven Henry (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 74% Edge of the City Brother (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Bus Starter (Character) - 1955

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Ray Sullivan (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 68% Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Steve (Character) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Vanaman (Guest Star) 1970-1971 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Pawnshop Owner (Guest Star) 1972 1974
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Ralph Dobbs (Guest Star) 1972 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak George Janis (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Elmo (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Briggs (Guest Star) 1968 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Doner (Guest Star) 1957 1965 1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lancer Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Jim Ross (Guest Star) 1965-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Gene Hardy (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      83% 90% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Frank 'Bully' Armstrong (Guest Star) 1961
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone The Bartender (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957