Keith David

Keith David

Jun. 4th, 1956
Born in
Harlem, New York, USA
6' 2

Keith David's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Cape TV Show
The Cape
Gargoyles TV Show
Enlisted TV Show
Greenleaf TV Show
Spawn TV Show
City Confidential TV Show
City Confidential
The War TV Show
The War
Spawn: The Animation TV Show
Spawn: The Animation
The Big House TV Show
The Big House

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Free Birds
2012 - Cloud Atlas
2012 - Cloud Atlas
2012 - Christmas in Compton
2012 - Cloud Atlas
2012 - Cloud Atlas
2012 - Smiley
2011 - Pastor Brown
2011 - Meet Monica Velour
2011 - The Inheritance
2010 - Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming
2010 - Death at a Funeral
2010 - Lottery Ticket
2009 - Charlie Valentine
2009 - The Princess and the Frog
2009 - Don McKay
2009 - Gamer
2009 - All About Steve
2009 - Coraline
2009 - The Butcher
2008 - No Bad Days
2008 - Superhero Movie
2008 - My Mom's New Boyfriend
2008 - The Fifth Commandment
2008 - The Sensei
2008 - First Sunday
2007 - The Last Sentinel
2007 - If I Had Known I Was a Genius
2007 - Delta Farce
2007 - The Last Sentinel
2006 - ATL
2006 - The Oh in Ohio
2005 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2005 - Dirty
2005 - Transporter 2
2004 - Crash
2004 - The Chronicles of Riddick
2004 - Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2003 - Head of State
2003 - 29 Palms
2003 - Agent Cody Banks
2003 - Hollywood Homicide
2002 - Barbershop
2001 - Novocaine
2001 - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
2000 - The Replacements
2000 - Pitch Black
2000 - Dark Summer
2000 - Requiem for a Dream
1998 - There's Something About Mary
1997 - Volcano
1997 - Hercules
1996 - The Grave
1996 - Larger Than Life
1995 - Dead Presidents
1995 - Blue in the Face
1995 - Clockers
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1994 - Reality Bites
1994 - The Puppet Masters
1992 - Final Analysis
1992 - Article 99
1990 - Marked for Death
1990 - Men at Work
1989 - Always
1989 - Road House
1988 - They Live
1988 - Braddock: Missing in Action III
1988 - Bird
1988 - Saigon
1987 - Hot Pursuit
1986 - Platoon
1982 - The Thing

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Elroy Patashnik
Narrator (Voiced)
Narrator (Voiced)
Lt. Williams
Agent Everett Malloy
Carl Trent D'Avis (Voiced)
Pastor Watkins
Stanley Sunday
Sal Commander (Voiced)
Tublat (Voiced)
[Complete List]


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.
  • Took over as narrator for the show _"City Confidential" (1998)_ (qv) after the death of 'Paul Winfield (I)' (qv).
  • 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).
  • Nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for "Jelly's Last Jam."
  • 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.
  • Very popular voice-over actor.

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