Val Avery

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Val Avery
BornSebouh Der Abrahamian
(1924-07-14)July 14, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 12, 2009(2009-12-12) (aged 85)
Greenwich Village, New York, U.S.
Resting place
Cremation
Years active1953-2004
Spouse(s)Margot Stevenson (m. 1953-2009; his death) 1 child
 
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Val Avery
BornSebouh Der Abrahamian
(1924-07-14)July 14, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 12, 2009(2009-12-12) (aged 85)
Greenwich Village, New York, U.S.
Resting place
Cremation
Years active1953-2004
Spouse(s)Margot Stevenson (m. 1953-2009; his death) 1 child

Val Avery (July 14, 1924 – December 12, 2009), born Sebouh Der Abrahamian, was an American character actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows since the 1950s. In a career that spanned 50 years, Avery appeared in over 100 films and had appearances in over 300 television series.

Early life[edit]

Avery was born in Philadelphia. In his early years he acted in plays with the Armenian Youth Federation. Following his service in World War II, he attended the Bessie V. Hicks School of Drama in Philadelphia.[1]

Entertainment career[edit]

Avery's pock-marked face and shifty appearance allowed him to frequently be cast as a gangster, or other menacing heavies. Avery's TV roles include the Columbo episodes A Friend in Deed (1974), Dead Weight (1971), The Most Crucial Game (1972) and Identity Crisis (1975). Other TV appearances include The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, The Asphalt Jungle, Daniel Boone, The Twilight Zone, The Munsters, The Odd Couple, Kojak, Quincy, M.E. and Law & Order.

Some motion pictures Avery appeared in are the John Cassavetes's films, Too Late Blues (1961), Faces (1968), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Gloria (1980). Other films include The Long, Hot Summer (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) The Anderson Tapes (1971), Papillon (1973), The Wanderers (1979), The Sting II (1983), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) and Donnie Brasco (1997).

Death[edit]

Avery died on December 12, 2009 at age eighty-five in his Greenwich Village home.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grimes, William (December 15, 2009). "Val Avery, Tough-Guy Actor in Movies, Is Dead at 85". nytimes.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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