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Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks is known as an American actor. He is most famous his roles as Hawk on Spenser: for Hire, and Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Background and Age

Avery Brooks was born on October 2, 1948, in Evansville, Indiana. Avery’s mother was as a music instructor and his father was a tool die maker. Brooks' eventual path to acting and music can be followed back to his youth. He experienced childhood in Gary, Indiana in a family loaded up with music. His father sang in the Wings Over Jordan Choir on CBS radio, and his mom, one of the principal ladies of color to move on from Northwestern University with a graduate degree in music, encouraged music and directed church ensembles. Brooks' uncle was likewise musically slanted, he was one of the first members of the Delta Rhythm Boys singing gathering. It was an astonishment to nobody when Brooks set off for school to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Avery attended Indiana University and Oberlin College and earned a Bachelor of Art and a Master of Fine Art Degree from Rutgers University. Avery was the first African American to receive an MFA in acting and directing from Rutgers.

Avery Brooks accepted an appointment as associate professor of theatre arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1976. While instructing at Rutgers, Brooks ventured into the spotlight to investigate his musical roots. His profound baritone voice improved the rhythms of jazz artists like Butch Morris and Lester Bowie when he went along with them in front of an audience. He searched out chances to pay tribute to the individuals that brought him joy through their music. He performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with Jon Hendricks and recorded a collection with saxophone player James Spaulding as a tribute to Duke Ellington.

Brooks spent numerous years seeking after his two interests, music and the scholarly community. For him, music particularly jazz is an otherworldly blessing from God.

Marriage, Wife, and Kids

Avery Brooks and Vicki Lenora Brooks have been married for over forty years. They have three children named Ayana, Cabral, and Asante.

Career and Net Worth

When Avery Brooks played the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko on the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he hesitantly ventured into a place that he has attempted to maintain a strategic distance from all through his acting career. Realizing that the two shows that went before his, the first Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, push their stars into the glare of the universal spotlight, Brooks pledged to keep staying under the radar.

Avery appeared in American History X with Edward Norton and played a mob boss in The Big Hit, which starred Mark Wahlberg. He also appeared with Robert De Niro as Detective Leon Jackson in 15 Minutes.

Avery is a deep baritone singer and performed at the Paris Banlieues Bleues Festival in 2005. Brooks released his debut musical album of jazz and blues covers entitled, Here, in 2009.


Quick Facts
Birth Date: 2 Oct, 1949
Age: 70 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Evansville
residence: Princeton
Education: Rutgers University
Oberlin College
Indiana University
Gender: Male
Description: American actor, director, musician, singer, and professor
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Last Modified: Jun 28 2020
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