David Keith

Actor, Director, Songwriter
Tennessee-born and bred with a handsome broad face and solid build, David Keith has frequently excelled playing virile, Southern characters at home in his own native idiom. He began his career as a member of the ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Anthrax 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Bill Wood (Actor)

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Reckless 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Stick Up 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beneath the Blue 2011 (Movie)

Hawk (Actor)

Lone Star 1995 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikita 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chase 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Class 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Expiration Date 2006 (Movie)

Wild William (Actor)

In Her Line of Fire 2006 (Movie)

Vice President Walker (Actor)

Bottoms Up 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Earl (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raise Your Voice 2004 (Movie)

Simon Fletcher (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Carrie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

Jack Murdock (Actor)

The Veritas Project: Hangman's Curse 2003 (Movie)

Nate Springfield (Actor)

Epoch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kings of Brooklyn 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

World Traveler 2002 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Behind Enemy Lines 2001 (Movie)

O'Malley (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cahoots 2000 (Movie)

Harley (Actor)

If... Dog... Rabbit 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Captain Hartigan (Actor)

U-571 2000 (Movie)

Marine Major Coonan (Actor)

High Incident 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Deadly Sins 1996 (Movie)

Jack Gates (Actor)

Red Blooded 2 1996 (Movie)

Mr Colbert (Actor)

Strangers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain 1995 (Movie)

Ray Karnisak (Actor)

James A. Michener's Texas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Judge & Jury 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

Boone (Actor)

Born Wild 1994 (Movie)

Jack Hutton (Actor)

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Jack Parkman (Actor)

XXX's & OOO's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Lions of Darkness 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Raw Justice 1993 (Movie)

Mace (Actor)

Temptation 1993 (Movie)

Bone (Actor)

Till the End of the Night 1993 (Movie)

Garrett Hill (Actor)

Desperate Motive 1992 (Movie)

Harry Young (Actor)

Flesh 'n' Blood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Off and Running 1992 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Caged Fear 1991 (Movie)

Tommy Lang (Actor)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

Loach (Actor)

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

Elvis Presley (Actor)

The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck 1988 (Movie)

Buck Malone (Actor)

White of the Eye 1988 (Movie)

Paul White (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Firestarter 1984 (Movie)

Andrew McGee (Actor)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

Will McClean (Actor)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

Sid Worley (Actor)

Independence Day 1982 (Movie)

Jack Parker (Actor)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

Take This Job and Shove It 1981 (Movie)

Harry Meade (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Larry Lee Bullen (Actor)

Co-Ed Fever 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Red Pettus (Actor)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Mal (Actor)

The 7th Dawn 1963 (Movie)

Aide (Actor)

A Memory in My Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Ambushed (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Shock (TV Show)

Actor

Epoch: Evolution (TV Show)

Actor

Friendly Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Gulag (TV Show)

Actor

Invasion of Privacy (TV Show)

Actor

Liar's Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Locusts: The 8th Plague (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Treason (TV Show)

Actor

Path of Destruction (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Prey (TV Show)

Actor

Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Actor

Question of Privilege (TV Show)

Actor

Sabretooth (TV Show)

Actor

What on Earth (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

song performer 'Can't Help Falling in Love(" "Heartbreak Hotel" "How Great Thou Art" "Love Me" "Ready Teddy" "That's All Right") (Song Performer)

White of the Eye 1988 (Movie)

("The Grand Tour") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

The Curse 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Tennessee-born and bred with a handsome broad face and solid build, David Keith has frequently excelled playing virile, Southern characters at home in his own native idiom. He began his career as a member of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he earned his Equity card appearing in musicals like "Brigadoon" and "The Music Man". After graduation, Keith moved to NYC and acted at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House in the country and western musical "The Red Bluegrass Western Flyer Show" (1977). Relocating to L.A., he landed a guest shot on the popular ABC sitcom "Happy Days" in 1978 and then co-starred in the extremely short-lived sitcom "Co-Ed Fever" (CBS, 1979), a knock-off of the hit feature "Animal House" that aired only once. Keith appeared in support of Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty in the award-winning drama "Friendly Fire" (ABC, 1979) and starred as an American athlete romancing a Soviet gymnast (Stephanie Zimbalist) in the 1980 NBC miniseries "The Golden Moment--An Olympic Love Story".

Relationships

Lemuel Grady Keith Jr

Father
worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority

Nancy Clark

Wife
born c. 1971 married on April 15, 2000 in Knoxville, Tennessee

Hilda Keith

Mother
worked for Knoxville County Board of Education

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Knoxville , Tennessee 1975

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Knoxville , Tennessee 1975

Milestones

2006

Played Vice President Walker, opposite Mariel Hemingway in "In Her Line of Fire"

2004

Cast as Hilary Duff's father in the teen drama "Raise Your Voice"

2003

Played boxer Jack 'The Devil' Murdock, father of the comic book superhero "Daredevil"

2002

Appeared in the indie road drama "World Traveler"

2002

Starred in the Sci-Fi original telepic "Sabretooth," about a genetically engineered prehistoric tiger

2002

Played a detective in the ABC televison remake of Steven King's "Carrie"

2001

Had supporting role in "Behind Enemy Lines"

2000

Portrayed Captain Hardigan in "Men of Honor", starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr

2000

Co-starred as a gung ho Marine leading a mission to capture spy secrets from a German submarine in "U-571"

1998

Appeared as a sleazy photographer leading a double life in HBO's disappointing "Poodle Springs"; Bob Rafelson directed from Tom Stoppard's adaptation of the Robert Parker novel which plumped an aging Phillip Marlowe smack in the middle of the 1960s

1996

Co-starred in ABC police drama "High Incident", executive produced by Steven Spielberg

1996

Returned from hell after his death-row execution to avenge his wife in "Judge and Jury"

1995

Played the miniature cowboy Boone in the family film "The Indian in the Cupboard"

1994

Portrayed Jim Bowie in ABC miniseries "James Michener's Texas"

1993

Starred in the ABC movie "Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica"

1992

Helmed music video for Patty Loveless' "Blame It on Your Heart"

1991

Starred as Southern con man Arlo Weed in NBC sitcom "Flesh 'n' Blood"; also co-wrote (with Leon Russell) theme song and provided background vocals

1990

Acted in the disappointing sequel to "Chinatown", "The Two Jakes", directed by and starring Jack Nicholson

1989

Played title role in CBS miniseries "Guts & Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North"

1988

Portrayed Elvis Presley in "Heartbreak Hotel"; also credited as song performer

1988

Helmed "The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck"; also co-starred

1987

Starred as psycho husband of Cathy Moriarity in Donald Cammell's bizarre thriller "White of the Eye"; first credit as song performer

1987

Directorial debut, "The Curse"

1986

Acted in two plays in his native Tennessee, "Geater Tuna" and "Bus Stop", the latter at his alma mater

1985

Returned to the stage, portraying Duane Wilson in Colorado and Connecticut productions of "Harvey"

1984

Headlined all-star cast (including Oscar-winners George C Scott, Art Carney and Louise Fletcher) in "Firestarter", based on the Stephen King novel

1983

Starred as a senior asked to keep an eye on first black cadet (played by pro boxer Mark Breland) who is being systematically tortured by a secret society called 'The Ten' in "The Lords of Discipline", based on the Pat Conroy novel; set in 1964 South Carol

1982

Breakthrough screen role, the suicidal naval officer Sid Worley in "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1980

Supported Robert Redford in prison-themed "Brubaker"

1980

Starred opposite Stephanie Zimbalist in NBC miniseries, "The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story"

1979

Registered strongly in his feature debut, "The Rose", as a soldier-cum-bodyguard for star Bette Midler's character; also acted in that year's "The Great Santini", adapted from the novel by Pat Conroy

1979

Debut as series regular, "Co-Ed Fever" (CBS)

1979

TV-movie debut in the award-winning "Friendly Fire" (ABC)

1978

TV debut, guest appearance as Fred Collins on episode of "Happy Days" (ABC)

1977

Played Scotty in "Red Bluegrass Western Flyer Show", a country-western musical at Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, Connecticut

While in college, became member of school's Clarence Brown Company; earned Equity card

Moved to NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Keith maintains a cattle ranch in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

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He contributed three songs to the soundtrack of the film "Raw Justice" (1994).

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About his passion for the University of Tennesse Volunteers football program and for Tennessee in general: "I've been a 'Vol' since I was 13, sitting on the sidelines. I'm a very competitive person. Competition isn't healthy in show business, so this way, I get my ya-yas out with the team. They're my outlet for my aggression."I prefer it back there [Tennessee]. Coming to L.A. is like going to the zoo. You can't take it seriously because this isn't how people really are." --David Keith to Jefferson Graham in USA Today, April 15, 1996

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