Avery Brooks – Bio, Wife, Family, Kids, Height, Net Worth

Fans of the Star Trek series, dubbed Trekkers or Trekkies, and possibly all geeks from around the world, will never forget actor Avery Brooks’ contribution to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), where he directed the NAACP and Saturn nominated role played by Benjamin Sisko.

Brooks, who is also a singer, director, and theater professor in addition to his acting career, is also known for his roles in Spenser: For Rent (1985–1988) and American History X (1998), among others.

Avery Brooks Bio

Avery Brooks was born Eva Lydia (née Crawford) and Samuel Brooks on October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana, to Avery Franklin Brooks. His father was a union representative and tool and mold maker at International Harvester agricultural machinery factory, while his mother was a choirmaster and music teacher. She wasn’t the only family member who could entertain people with her vocal cords, as her father, brother, and husband (Brooks’ father) were all singers, a trait passed on to Brooks.

Around the age of 8, after Brooks lost his father’s job, the family moved to Gary, Indiana for a better life. While his mother became one of the first African American women to earn a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University, he attended and graduated from Indiana University and Oberlin College. He later returned to Rutgers University, where in 1976 he became the first African American to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degree in acting and directing. The school further recognized him by making him associate professor of theatrical arts.

During his career as an educator,Avery Brooks performed in various plays throughout the ’70s. It wasn’t until Phillip Hayes Dean’s one-man play Paul Robeson in the early ’80s that he was recognized as a talented actor. Brooks received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the life of the famous singer, actor and civil rights activist, which he has performed across America and on Broadway. His foray into film and television acting came shortly after, when he landed the role of Hawk on the detective series Spenser: For Rent (1985–1988), and the rest became history.

Avery Brooks Net Worth

Some releases have estimated Avery Brooks to be worth around $60 million. Although we cannot authenticate the character, we are not surprised that he is considered so valuable thanks to his career as a television and theater actor and theater professor.

Thanks to his deep baritone, the Star Trek actor, NAACP Image Award-nominated and Saturn Award-nominated singer-songwriter for his performance on the series. He voiced the character of Captain Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Legacy (2006) video game before beginning 2009 with the release of a spoken word album and a jazz and blues cover.

Family – wife, children

For over four decades, Avery Brooks has been happily married to his wife, Vicki Lenora Brooks (née Bowen). Not much is known about the couple, who exchanged vows in 1976, as Brooks has publicly stated that he loves to keep personal things about himself. What is known, however, is that Ms. Brooks once served as dean at Rutgers University.

Another well-known piece of informationThey have three children. Ayana, Cabral and Asante. The exact date of birth of the children is not known. In 1989, Essence Magazine gave his age as 9 for Ayana, 8 for Cabral, and 1 for Asante. If these numbers are correct, all of the Brooks children must have graduated from college and are earning a living for themselves.


Many people over the years have described Avery Brooks as being an imposing man. This is thanks to his height of 185.4 cm as well as other features that include a close cropped head and a mouth framed with a mustache and short beard. He also weighs about 86 kg.

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