4 thoughts on “James Avery Gives Reginald VelJohnson A Scare on the Family Matters Set

  1. I wonder if something like this happened, to a lessor degree, between Avery and Dorian Harewood in terms of voice acting in cartoons, because sometimes directors would cast them in the same role interchangeably. It started during 1987’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, when Harewood filled in for Avery as the voice of the Shredder for 4 episodes during the show’s third season in 1989 (which was the longest at some 40+ episodes). Avery, of course, served as the original and primary voice of the Shredder until midway through its seventh season.

    Then in 1994’s syndicated IRON MAN cartoon, Avery was cast as James Rhodes/War Machine for the first 6-7 episodes, before Harewood took over the role after that and continued as the character for the rest of the show’s two season run. Harewood even reprised the role when War Machine guest starred in an episode of 1996’s INCREDIBLE HULK cartoon on UPN. Yet when it came time for War Machine the guest star in two episodes of the third season of FoxKids’ SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES that same year, they cast James Avery to reprise the role (for the first time in almost 2 years). Harewood was already voicing the reoccurring villain Tombstone, but he easily could have played another character (as he usually did for THE TICK). I…guess they sort of have similar voices, even if I could always tell the difference.

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