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."