Avery Brooks Overview

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Born: April 18, 1949

Born to a musical family in Evansville, Indiana, Brooks moved to Gary, Indiana where he grew up listening to and singing jazz as his mother played piano and organ, while his father sang in the gospel group Wings Over Jordan. He attended and graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a Masters of Fine Arts in acting and directing. Not willing to part from school entirely, Brooks became a professor for Drama-Science at Rutgers in 1972, an honor he wouldn't give up until... See All


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