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Keith David

Keith David was born in New York City's Harlem district and raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted to act after playing the cowardly lion in his school's production of "The Wizard of Oz." He later enrolled in New York's High School of the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Juilliard. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy for Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare's "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."Keith's extraordinary range of talent is evidenced by his body of work. His films include "The Princess and the Frog", "Coraline", and "Crash". Other credits are "Barbershop", "Agent Cody Banks", and "Requiem for a Dream". Prior to that, Keith was featured in "There's Something About Mary", "Armageddon" and "Dead Presidents". Keith has received Emmy Awards for his narration of two Ken Burns documentaries: "The War" and "Unforgivable Blackness", and was nominated for his narration of "Jazz". He received a daytime Emmy nomination for his work in Showtime's "The Tiger Wood's Story". Keith David gained wide attention in 1986 for his role as King in the Oscar winning film "Platoon". Other of his over 75 film credits includes "Men at Work", "Clockers", and "Pitch Black". Keith has also worked with notable directors including Clint Eastwood ("Bird"), Steven Spielberg ("Always") and John Carpenter ("The Thing" and "They Live"). Born in Harlem, New York and raised in East Elmhurst, Queens, Keith sang in the all borough choir as a boy. He knew he wanted to act at the age of nine when he appeared as the cowardly lion in his school's production of "The Wizard of Oz". He later attended New York's famed High School of the Performing Arts and then graduated from Juilliard. There he studied under such voice and speech teachers as Robert Williams and Edith Skinner.

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Jun 4, 1956 In Harlem, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Nature 1982-10-10
Latest Project:
Series Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2015-03-25

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Scorpion
Poster of Archer
Poster of Community
Poster of Psych
Big Time in Hollywood, FL Agent Everett Malloy 6 episodes, 2015 2015-03-25
Enlisted Sgt. Major Donald Cody 13 episodes, 2014 2014-01-10
Scorpion Unknown 2014-09-22
Battleground Afghanistan Self - Narrator 1 episode, 2013 2013-07-01
The Bible Narrator 10 episodes, 2013 2013
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Unknown 2013-10-10
Touch Unknown 2012-01-25
Belle's William 'Big Bill' Cooper 6 episodes, 2013 2012-09-01
The Cape Max Malini 10 episodes, 2011 2011-01-09
Allen Gregory Carl Trent Davis / ... 5 episodes, 2011 2011-10-30
Funny or Die Presents... Unknown 2010-02-19
Adventure Time Unknown 2010-04-05
Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Community Unknown 2009-09-17
Archer Unknown 2009-09-17
The Spectacular Spider-Man Unknown 2008-03-01
Canterbury's Law Miles Grant 2 episodes, 2008 2008-03-10
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
Spider-Man Unknown 2003-07-11
Teen Titans Unknown 2003-07-19
Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Justice League Unknown 2001-11-17
The Job Lt. Williams 9 episodes, 2001-2002 2001-03-14
Disney's the Legend of Tarzan Unknown 2001-09-03
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Frederick Douglass 1999
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
Todd McFarlane's Spawn Spawn 18 episodes, 1997-1999 1997-05-16
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Timon & Pumbaa Unknown 1995-09-08
New York Undercover Unknown 1994-09-08
Aladdin Unknown 1994-09-05
Baseball Unknown 1994-09-18
Fantastic Four: The Animated Series Unknown 1994-09-24
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Gargoyles Goliath / ... 61 episodes, 1994-1996 1994-10-24
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown 1992-03-04
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
A Man Called Hawk Unknown 1989-01-28
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
National Geographic Explorer Unknown 1985-04-07
The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Reading Rainbow Unknown 1983-06-06
Nature Unknown 1982-10-10