Jun. 4th, 1956
Harlem, New York, USA
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Keith David Williams (born June 4, 1956), better known as Keith David, is an American film, television, voice actor and singer.
David was born in Harlem, New York City, New York, and raised in Corona, Queens, New York. His mother, Dolores (née Dickenson), was a manager at New York Telephone, and his father, Lester Williams, worked as a director of payroll operations. He first knew he was going to become an actor after playing the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz, and went on to study at Manhattan's School of Performing Arts. He attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1975–1979, Group 8) where he graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 1979.
After graduation, he was hired as an understudy for Tullus Aufidius in 'William Shakespeare "Coriolanus." In 1992, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway play "Jelly's Last Jam."
He went on to appear in films such as 'Oliver Stone's' Platoon, They Live (reuniting with The Thing director, 'John Carpenter'), Men at Work, Marked for Death, and Stars and Bars. He played the character of Kirby, the one legged war veteran, in the acclaimed (1995) 'Hughes Brothers' film Dead Presidents, and he appeared in the 1995 'Spike Lee's' film Clockers, and followed this up with roles in big films such as Volcano, Armageddon, There's Something About Mary, Pitch Black, Barbershop, Agent Cody Banks, The Chronicles of Riddick, Crash, ATL, Delta Farce and First Sunday.
He also portrayed "Father" in the romantic comedy action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the same time, he has appeared in numerous independent films including the critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, playing the role of Big Tim. He has also appeared extensively in television productions since the 1980s and as a regular character Lieutenant Williams on the short-lived television series The Job. He was a regular on another shoot made for ABC entitled The Big House in 2004. David played the male lead role in 'Deon Taylor's' slasher flick Chain Letter.
Recently, he played Max Malini on the NBC-TV series The Cape. On April 18, 2011, Keith appeared in the 21st episode of season one of Hawaii Five-0 as criminal tycoon Jimmy Cannon. In 2012, he appeared in the horror film Smiley and the science-fiction drama Cloud Atlas. In 2013, David appeared in the controversial drama Boiling Pot which is based on true events of racism.
David is popular in advertising, particularly in United States Navy recruitment commercials. He has done voice-over work for many other documentaries including several for National Geographic and the documentary Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked for the History Channel. He replaced 'Paul Winfield' as narrator for the popular A&E show City Confidential, taking over after Winfield's death in 2004. He voiced the trailer for the movie Primeval, which was released in the United States on January 12, 2007.
On Sunday, May 25, 2008, David narrated Kansas City's Celebration at the Station, a Memorial Day service held annually at the World War I Memorial across from Union Station. During the ceremony, he announced the attendance of Frank W. Buckles, the last living veteran of World War I.
He was also the voice of 'Frederick Douglass' in the third episode of the PBS documentary "God in America: How Religious Liberty Shaped America" in 2010.
On April 1, 2012, David performed the voiceover for the intro to WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII.
He is the narrator of the History Channel series The Bible which premiered on March 3, 2013.
- Following the 1986 film _Platoon (1986)_ (qv), 'Charlie Sheen (I)' (qv) -- who starred in the films -- did a TV interview and credits 'Keith David (I)' (qv) with saving his life. While shooting dailies in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard, and Sheen was thrown towards -- and would have gone through -- the open door. David grabbed Sheen by the back and pulled him back in.
- Very popular voice-over actor.
- Frequent voice collaborator with fellow voice-actor 'Ron Perlman' (qv). Computer games: _Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (VG)_ (qv), _Lords of Everquest (2003) (VG)_ (qv), _Halo 2 (2004) (VG)_ (qv), _Halo 3 (2007) (VG)_ (qv). Animated series: _"Aladdin" (1994)_ (qv), _"Fantastic Four" (1994)_ (qv), _"Justice League" (2001)_ (qv), _"Teen Titans" (2003)_ (qv). And they have both had a guest appearance on the TV series _"The Outer Limits" (1995)_ (qv).
- Took over as narrator for the show _"City Confidential" (1998)_ (qv) after the death of 'Paul Winfield (I)' (qv).
- His ex-wife attended Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) with 'Lisa Nicole Carson' (qv) where they both she appeared (and worked backstage) in theater department productions.
- Nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for "Jelly's Last Jam."