Avery starred in numerous TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “L.A. Law,” and “The Jeffersons.”
As a classically trained actor and poet, Avery grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was raised by a single mother. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and first appeared onscreen as a dancer in the film The Blues Brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery, his mother, Florence Avery, and a stepson, Kevin Waters.