Keith David

Actor, Voice actor, Singer
A tall and imposing actor, David began performing as a child, singing in New York's All Borough Chorus. After graduating from the renowned High School of Performing Arts, he studied theater and voice at Juilliard ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1956 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (191)

Greenleaf 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Robinson 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nina 2016 (Movie)

Clifton's Father (Actor)

Person of Interest 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Range 15 2016 (Movie)

Colonel Holloway (Actor)

The Magic City 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

Older Guy (Actor)

Archer 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Jesus 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boiling Pot 2015 (Movie)

Agent Long (Actor)

Extant 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rick & Morty 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Enlisted 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Field of Lost Shoes 2014 (Movie)

Old Judge (Actor)

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul on a Wave 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Lot 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sensei 2014 (Movie)

The Minister (Actor)

Assault on Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Freddy (Actor)

Battleground Afghanistan 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Birds of Paradise 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

Free Birds 2013 (Movie)

Chief Broadbeak (Voice)

Frog Kingdom 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Samuel Bleak 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bible 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Touch 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

Kupaka / Joe Napier / An-Kor Apis / Prescient (Actor)

Community 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

H4 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Smiley 2012 (Movie)

Diamond (Actor)

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Baseball: The Tenth Inning 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

Christmas in Compton 2011 (Movie)

Big Earl (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meet Monica Velour 2011 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snowflake, the White Gorilla 2011 (Movie)

(English version) (Voice)

Spork 2011 (Movie)

Coach Jenkins (Actor)

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

The Cape 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greening of Whitney Brown 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Job 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Fall 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Africa's Lost Eden 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

Chain Letter 2010 (Movie)

Det. Jim Crenshaw (Actor)

Chasing 3000 2010 (Movie)

Officer L (Actor)

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

Reverend Davis (Actor)

Don McKay 2010 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

Sweet Tee (Actor)

Pastor Brown 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

All About Steve 2009 (Movie)

Corbitt (Actor)

Blue 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

Voice of The Cat (Actor)

Gamer 2009 (Movie)

Agent Keith (Actor)

S.I.S. 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Something Like A Business 2009 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Inheritance 2009 (Movie)

Uncle Melvin (Actor)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Dr. Facilier (Actor)

Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia 2008 (Movie)

Cmdr. Scott Boytano (Actor)

Canterbury's Law 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

Judge B. Bennet Galloway (Actor)

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superhero Movie 2008 (Movie)

Chief Karlin (Actor)

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Commandment 2008 (Movie)

Max "Coolbreeze" Templeton (Actor)

The War 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

7th Heaven 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

Sgt. Kilgore (Actor)

ER 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Mom's New Boyfriend 2007 (Movie)

FBI Chief Conrad (Actor)

ATL 2006 (Movie)

John Garnett (Actor)

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

Captain Spain (Actor)

If I Had Known I Was a Genius 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Oh in Ohio 2006 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Lt. Dixon (Actor)

Everwood 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

In The Jury Room 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Teen Titans 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

Stappleton (Actor)

Agent Cody Banks: Destination London 2004 (Movie)

CIA Director (Actor)

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Kaena: The Prophecy 2004 (Movie)

Voice of the Second in Command (Actor)

The Big House 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 (Movie)

Imam (Actor)

29 Palms 2003 (Movie)

The Sheriff (Actor)

Agent Cody Banks 2003 (Movie)

CIA Director (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

Bernard Cooper (Actor)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Arli$$ 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barbershop 2002 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Egypt's Golden Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Mark Twain 2002 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Mole People: Life in the World Below 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pretty When You Cry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Boxing: In and Out of the Ring 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within 2001 (Movie)

of Council Member 1 (Voice)

Golden Seals of the Skeleton Coast 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Law & Order 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Novocaine 2001 (Movie)

Detective Lunt (Actor)

Semper Fi 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ATF 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Jackals of the African Crater 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pitch Black 2000 (Movie)

Imam (Actor)

Requiem for A Dream 2000 (Movie)

Big Tim (Actor)

The Replacements 2000 (Movie)

Lindell (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Moses Whitecotten (Actor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of Okkoto (Voice)

Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Walking With Giants: The Grizzlies of Siberia 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

General Kimsey (Actor)

Dark Summer 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Tiger Woods Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Mary's Stepfather (Actor)

Aladdin 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Flipping 1997 (Movie)

Leo Richards (Actor)

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Apollo (Voice)

Loose Women 1997 (Movie)

1st Stylist (Actor)

Never Met Picasso 1997 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Vanishing Point 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ed Fox (Actor)

johns 1997 (Movie)

Homeless John (Actor)

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Fantastic Four 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Hurst (Actor)

The Grave 1996 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

Wildlife Warriors 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Kirby (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Sgt Cantrell (Actor)

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Into Africa 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jewels of the Caribbean Sea 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

The Last Outlaw 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Puppet Masters 1994 (Movie)

Holland (Actor)

Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Luther Jerome (Actor)

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

Detective Huggins (Actor)

Nails 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Marked for Death 1990 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Men At Work 1990 (Movie)

Louis Fedders (Actor)

Always 1989 (Movie)

Powerhouse (Actor)

Hallelujah Anyhow 1989 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

Ernie Bass (Actor)

Bird 1988 (Movie)

Buster Franklin (Actor)

Braddock: Missing in Action III 1988 (Movie)

Embassy Gate Captain (Actor)

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Teagarden (Actor)

They Live 1988 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Hot Pursuit 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Platoon 1986 (Movie)

King (Actor)

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

Childs (Actor)

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (TV Show)

Narrator

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Actor

Double or Nothing (Movie)

(Actor)

Executive Target (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Grimm (Tv Show)

Actor

Ladykillers (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Black & White (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Service (TV Show)

Narrator

The Butcher (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Sentinel (TV Show)

Actor

The Proud Family Movie (TV Show)

Voice

There Are No Children Here (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song Performer)

Biography

A tall and imposing actor, David began performing as a child, singing in New York's All Borough Chorus. After graduating from the renowned High School of Performing Arts, he studied theater and voice at Juilliard. Within hours of graduating, he was rehearsing for Joseph Papp's Public Theater production of "Coriolanus" opposite Christopher Walken. He went on to understudy Raul Julia in the title role of "Othello" at the Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. For much of the 1980s, David alternated between theater, TV movies, and films, making his Broadway debut in Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque" (1980) and his feature debut in John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" (1982). He garnered critical praise for his turn as King in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning "Platoon" (1986). Other notable movie performances are as jazz saxophonist Buster Franklin in Clint Eastwood's "Bird" (1988) and as a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in "Article 99" (1992). He returned to Broadway, winning critical kudos (and a Tony nomination) for his sensational singing and dancing in "Jelly's Last Jam" (1992) opposite Gregory Hines. In 1995, David received attention for a quartet of roles: a gunfighter hired to kill Gene Hackman in "The Quick and the Dead"; a tough but paternalistic housing cop in Spike Lee's "Clockers"; Jackie Robinson in a fantasy sequence of "Blue in the Face"; and a one-legged owner of a pool hall in "Dead Presidents." David has a secondary career providing narration for National Geographic specials and character voices for two Disney-produced animated series, "Aladdin" and "Gargoyles."

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1979

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1975

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1979

Milestones

2012

Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer

2010

Acted opposite Ice Cube and Bow Wow in the comedy feature "Lottery Ticket"

2009

Voiced the villain Doctor Facilier in Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"

2009

Appeared in the comedy "All About Steve" with Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper

2007

Co-starred in the comedy "Delta Farce"

2006

Co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in crime drama "Dirty"

2005

Cast opposite Jason Statham in "The Transporter 2"

2004

Reprised role as the CIA Director in "Agent Cody Banks 2"

2003

Played Harrison Ford's boss in action-comedy "Hollywood Homicide"

2003

Cast as the CIA director in the youth-skewing action-comedy "Agent Cody Banks"

2002

Played 'The Sheriff' in the off-kilter thriller "29 Palms"

2002

Appeared as part of the acclaimed ensemble in "Barbershop"

2001

Played the title role of "Othello" in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging

2001

Had pivotal role as a drug dealer in "Requiem for a Dream"

2000

Starred as Leontes in the Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"

1998

Played golf great Tiger Woods' father Earl Woods in "The Tiger Woods Story" (Showtime)

1998

Played Cameron Diaz's stepfather in "There's Something About Mary"

1998

Appeared as an Army general in sci-fi blockbuster "Armageddon"

1997

Voiced Apollo in the Disney animated feature "Hercules"

1995

Returned to Broadway to play the leading role in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"

1992

Played featured role in the Broadway production of "Jelly's Last Jam"

1988

Co-starred in "They Live"

1986

Appeared in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"

1982

Feature film debut, "The Thing"

1980

Made Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque"

1979

Made stage debut in the Public Theatre production of "Coriolanus"; also starred Christopher Walken

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