James Larue Avery
was an American actor, voice actor, and poet who was best known for his voice role as Shredder
on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
series from 1987
and for his television role as Philip Banks
on the NBC
sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
For Disney, he voiced Haroud Hazi Bin in the Aladdin TV series, Mr. Clapper in Pepper Ann, Br'er Bear and Br'er Frog on Splash Mountain, a shaman in Gargoyles, Chief Keewazi in The Legend of Tarzan, Crandall Smythe in The Proud Family, and Br'er Bear from 1989 to 2011, Mr. Narrator in The Lion King Animated Storybook, and played Calvin Bridges in You Lucky Dog and Presto Jones in That's So Raven.