1. Hij is vooral bekend voor zijn tv-rollen als Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, als Havik op Spenser: For Hire en haar spin-off A Man Called Hawk, en als Dr.. Bob Sweeney in de Academy Award-genomineerde film American History X.
2. Avery Brooks werd geboren in Evansville, Indiana, de zoon van Eva Lydia , koordirigent en muziek instructeur, en Samuel Brooks, een vakbond ambtenaar en gereedschap en sterven werknemer. Bij Avery acht is gerijpt, verhuisde zijn familie naar Gary, Indiana, nadat zijn vader was ontslagen van International Harvester.
3. Brooks heeft gezegd: “Ik ben geboren in Evansville… maar het was Gary, Indiana die me gemaakt.”
4. Zijn oom Samuel Travis Crawford was een lid van de Delta Rhythm Boys.
5. “Muziek is overal om me heen en in mij, als ik erin,” Brooks heeft gezegd.
6. Hij later voltooide zijn B.A., plus een M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1976, becoming the first African American to receive an MFA in acting and directing from Rutgers.
7. Hawk became a popular character and, na drie seizoenen, Brooks in 1989 received his own, short-lived spinoff series, A Man Called Hawk.
8. Brooks said of his role as Hawk: “I never thought of myself as the sidekick…
9. Brooks returned to play Hawk in four Spenser television movies: Spenser: Ceremony, Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes, Spenser: The Judas Goat and Spenser: A Savage Place.
10. Brooks is best known in popular culture for his role as Commander—and later Captain—Benjamin Sisko on the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran for seven seasons from 1993 Aan 1999.
11. Brooks won the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko by beating 100 other actors from all racial backgrounds to become the first African-American captain to lead a Star Trek series.
12. In landing the role, Brooks also became the first African-American male actor in a starring role in a first-run television drama since Clarence Williams III had starred as undercover police detective Linc Hayes in the iconic ABC “hippie” cop drama The Mod Squad from 1968 Aan 1973.
13. Brooks was the second in American television history to do so since Bill Cosby co-starred with Robert Culp in the NBC spy series I Spy from 1965 Aan 1968.
14. Brooks also directed nine episodes of the series, met inbegrip van “Far Beyond the Stars”, an episode focusing on racial injustice.
15. The story chronicled the life of Solomon Northup, a free man from New York kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and held until 1853, when he regained his freedom with the help of family and friends.