Keith David Biography (1956?-)

Full name, Keith David Williams; born June 4, 1956 (some sources say May 8, 1954), in New York, NY; son of Lester and Delores (maiden name, Dickenson) Williams; married Margit Edwards, September 22, 1990 (divorced). Addresses: Agent: Abrams Artists Agency, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 11th Floor, Los Angeles,CA 90069; Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Manager: Sneak Preview Entertainment, 6705 Sunset Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Actor, producer
Birth Details
June 4, 1956?
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Club patron, Disco Godfather (also known as Avenging Disco Godfather and Avenging Godfather), Active Home Video, 1979
  • Childs, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing"), Universal, 1982
  • King, Platoon, Orion, 1986
  • Alphonso, Hot Pursuit (also known as Perscucion intensa), Paramount, 1987
  • Buster Franklin, Bird, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Frank, They Live (also known as John Carpenter's "They Live" and They Live!), Universal, 1988
  • Embassy gate captain, Braddock: Missing in Action III (also knownas Braddock: An American M.I.A., Missing in Action III and Braddock: Missing in Action), Cannon Releasing, 1988
  • Maurice, Off Limits (also known as Saigon), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Teagarden, Stars and Bars, Columbia, 1988
  • Ernie Bass, Road House, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989
  • Powerhouse, Always, Universal, 1990
  • Will, Hallelujah Anyhow, 1990
  • Max, Marked for Death (also known as Screwface), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1990
  • Louis Fedders, Men at Work, Triumph Releasing, 1990
  • Loach, The Two Jakes, Paramount, 1990
  • (English version) Voice of Mama, Sazan aizu (animated; also knownas 3x3 Eyes and Sazan Eyes), 1991
  • Luther Jerome, Article 99, Orion, 1992
  • Detective Huggins, Final Analysis, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Tommy Lang, Caged Fear, New Line Home Video, 1992
  • Harry Young, Desperate Motive (also known as Distant Cousins), New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Roger, Reality Bites, Universal, 1994
  • Alex Holland, Robert A. Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters" (also known as The Puppet Masters), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Bone Babancourt, Temptation, Live Home Video, 1994
  • Mace, Raw Justice, Republic Pictures, 1994
  • Jack Parkman, Major League II, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken (animated), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Kansas, Notes in a Minor Key (short film), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Sergeant Cantrell, The Quick and the Dead, TriStar, 1995
  • Kirby, Dead Presidents, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Jackie, Blue in the Face (also known as Brooklyn Boogie), Miramax, 1995
  • Andre the Giant, Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • Voice of narrator, Yellowstone: Realm of the Coyote (documentary),1995
  • Stylist #1, Loose Women, 1996
  • The priest, The Grave, New City Releasing, 1996
  • Martin, An Eye for an Eye, Paramount, 1996
  • Hurst, Larger than Life, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Larry, Never Met Picasso, Turbulent Arts, 1996
  • Homeless John, Johns, First Look Pictures Releasing, 1996
  • Leo Richards, gang leader, Flipping, Dove International, 1997
  • Police Lieutenant Ed Fox, Volcano, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Voice of Apollo the Sun God, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997
  • (English version) Voice of Okkoto, Mononoke-hime (animated; also known as Princess Mononoke), Miramax, 1997
  • Lamar, Executive Target, New City Releasing, 1997
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: The Hunted (animated), 1998
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: The Force of Goliath (animated), 1998
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: Deeds of Deception (animated), 1998
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: Brothers Betrayed (animated), 1998
  • Lieutenant General Kimsey, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Charlie Jensen, There's Something about Mary (also known as There's Something More about Mary), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Detective Davis, Dark Summer (also known as Innocents), Deal, 1999
  • Voice of Spawn, Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle (animated), 1999
  • Abu "Imam" al-Walid, Pitch Black (also known as The Chroniclesof Riddick: Pitch Black), USA Films, 2000
  • Moses Whitecotten, Where the Heart Is, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • Big Tim, Requiem for a Dream (also known as Delusion Over Addiction), Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • Lindell, The Replacements, Warner Bros., 2000
  • The king, G Spots? (short film), 2001
  • Voice of council member #1, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (animated; also known as Fainaru fantaji), Columbia, 2001
  • Matador, Home Invaders, Castle Hill, 2001
  • Detective Lunt, Novocaine, Artisan Entertainment, 2001
  • Mervin, Hung-Up (short film), 2002
  • The sheriff, 29 Palms, Artisan Entertainment, 2002
  • Lester Wallace, Barbershop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • CIA director, Agent Cody Banks (also known as L'agent Cody Banks), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003
  • Bernard Cooper, Head of State, DreamWorks Distribution, 2003
  • (English version) Voice of Preast, Kaena: La prophetie (animated;also known as Kaena: The Prophecy), Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2003
  • Leon, Hollywood Homicide, Columbia, 2003
  • CIA director, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2004
  • Abu "Imam" al-Walid, The Chronicles of Riddick (also known as The Chronicles of Riddick: The Director's Cut), Universal, 2004
  • Voice of Abu "Imam" al-Walid, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury(animated short film), Universal Home Video, 2004
  • Narrator, Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man (documentary), 2004
  • Narrator, Beef 2, 2004
  • Lieutenant Dixon, Crash, Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Father, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005
  • The Transporter 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005
  • Coach, The OH in Ohio, 2005
  • Spain, Dirty, 2005
  • Minister, The Sensei, 2005
  • Black Theater Today: 2005 (documentary), 2005
  • Film Producer
  • Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man (documentary), 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Keith the Southwood carpenter, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, PBS, 1983-85
  • Voice of Minos, Aladdin (animated; also known as Disney's "Aladdin"), CBS, 1994
  • Voices of Goliath, Officer Morgan, and Thailog, Gargoyles (animated), syndicated, 1994
  • Voice of Goliath, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (animated), ABC, 1996
  • Voice of Spawn, Spawn (animated; also known as Todd McFarlane's"Spawn"), HBO, 1997
  • Voice of Mufasa, House of Mouse (animated), ABC, 2001
  • Lieutenant Williams, The Job, ABC, 2001
  • Voice, PBS Hollywood Presents, PBS, 2001
  • Announcer, In the Jury Room, ABC, 2004
  • Clarence, The Big House, ABC, 2004
  • Narrator, City Confidential, Arts and Entertainment, 2004-
  • Judge, Ultimate Film Fanatic, Independent Film Channel, 2005
  • Miniseries
  • Roots: The Next Generations, ABC, 1979
  • Voice, Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Voice, New York: A Documentary Film (documentary; also known as American Experience: New York--A Documentary Film), PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Jazz (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Himself, I Love the '90s (documentary), VH1, 2004
  • Movies
  • Chorus, The Pirates of Penzance, 1980
  • Abe Nicholson, Ladykillers, ABC, 1988
  • Martin Stover, Murder in Black and White (also known as Janek:Cause of Death), CBS, 1990
  • Noah Owens, Nails, Showtime, 1992
  • Lovecraft, The Last Outlaw, HBO, 1993
  • John Paul Rivers, "There Are No Children Here," ABC Theater, ABC,1993
  • Warren Taft, Vanishing Point, Fox, 1997
  • Algric Bartles, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, CBS, 1997
  • Herbet Muhammad, Don King: Only in America, HBO, 1997
  • Earl Woods, The Tiger Woods Story, Showtime, 1998
  • FBI Director Richard Long, A.T.F., ABC, 1999
  • Gunnery Sargent Brinkloff, Semper Fi, NBC, 2001
  • Detective Charles Desett, Pretty When You Cry, HBO, 2001
  • Also appeared in Christmas in Tattertown.
  • Specials
  • "Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS,1992
  • Big Willie Thornton, "Hallelujah," American Playhouse, PBS, 1993
  • Narrator, "Jewels of the Caribbean Sea," National Geographic Specials, PBS, 1994
  • Narrator, "Lions of Darkness," Into Africa (documentary), TBS, 1994
  • Narrator, Wildlife Warriors (documentary), NBC, 1996
  • Narrator, Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 1998
  • Narrator, Walking with Giants: The Grizzlies of Siberia (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Voice, Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood Hero (documentary), TheLearning Channel, 1999
  • Narrator, Jackals of the African Crater (documentary), PBS, 2000
  • Narrator, Silent Service (documentary), History Channel, 2001
  • Narrator, Golden Seals of the Skeleton Closet (documentary), PBS,2001
  • Narrator, Boxing: In and Out of the Ring (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Narrator, Mark Twain (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Mole People: Life in the World Below (documentary), TheDiscovery Channel, 2002
  • Narrator, Egypt's Golden Empire (documentary), PBS, 2002
  • Narrator, Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (documentary), History Channel, 2003
  • Narrator, Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (documentary), PBS, 2003
  • Narrator, Tomb Raider: Robbing the Dead (documentary), History Channel, 2004
  • Narrator, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (documentary), PBS, 2004
  • Narrator, The Last Stand of the Great Bear (documentary), 2004
  • Pilots
  • U.S. attorney, The Adversaries, NBC, 1998
  • Miss Miami, NBC, 2002
  • Dope, NBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Roman Criston, "Sea of Fire," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988
  • Jesse Turner, "Vendetta," A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989
  • King Oliver, "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC, 1993
  • Voice of himself, "Following the Drinking Gourd," Rainbow Reading,PBS, 1993
  • Narrator, "Lions of Darkness," a segment of "Into Africa," National Geographic Explorer, TBS, 1994
  • Voice of Black Panther and T'Challa, "Prey of the Black Panther," TheFantastic Four (animated), syndicated, 1995
  • Reverend Harris, "A Time of Faith: Parts 1 & 2," New York Undercover, Fox, 1996
  • Voice of Apollo, "Hercules and the Apollo Mission," Hercules (animated), syndicated, 1998
  • Ian Merit, "Abandon," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Robertson, "Bronx Cheer," Law & Order, NBC, 2001
  • Paradise, "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings," Going to California,Showtime, 2001
  • Voice, "Tarzan and the Enemy Within," The Legend of Tarzan (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2001
  • Voice, "Tarzan and the Caged Fury," The Legend of Tarzan (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2001
  • Voice, "Tarzan and Tublat's Revenge," The Legend of Tarzan (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2001
  • Himself, "Charlie Sheen," Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Cecil Pickett, "Standards and Practices," Arli$$, HBO, 2002
  • Matt Phelps, "Random Acts of Violence," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I.), CBS, 2003
  • Voice of Despero, "Hearts and Minds: Parts 1 & 2," Justice League (animated), Cartoon Network, 2003
  • Voice of Atlas, "Only Human," Teen Titans (animated), Cartoon Network, 2004
  • Himself, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2004
  • Himself, The Sharon Osbourne Show, syndicated, 2004
  • Voice of Guardian of the Trees, "The Quest," Teen Titans (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005
  • Lloyd Mackie, "Winning a Battle, Losing the War," Grey's Anatomy,ABC, 2005
  • Also appeared as Lou, "Honor," Tribeca, Fox; voice of Black Panther, Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man (animated); voice of Agent Mosely, Spider-Man: The Animated Series (animated).
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Understudy for title role, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Coriolanus, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1979
  • Mother Courage and Her Children, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD, 1979
  • The Haggadah: A Passover Cantata, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Pirate, policeman, and understudy for Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance, Delacorte Theatre, 1980-81
  • Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, Public Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Theseus and Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1981
  • Mahalia, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1981
  • Alec Wilder: Clues to a Life, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Earl Dancer and narrator, Miss Waters, to You, AMAS Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • The Fantasticks, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, MI, 1983
  • Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta,GA, 1984
  • Colline, La Boheme, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre,1984
  • A Map of the World, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre,1985
  • Blue Heaven, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, then Negro Ensemble Company, New York City, both 1985
  • Dr. Mo, The Tale of Madame Zora, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New YorkCity, 1986
  • Ben, Africanis Instructus, St. Clement's Church Theatre, New YorkCity, 1986
  • Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools, New York Shakespeare Festival, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1987
  • Tullus Aufidius, Coriolanus, New York Shakespeare Festival, Anspacher Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Aaron, the Moor, Titus Andronicus, New York Shakespeare Festival,Delacorte Theatre, 1989
  • Chimney man, Jelly's Last Jam, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, 1990-91, then Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Morton, With Salt, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Music Center, 1991
  • Boesman, Boesman and Lena, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1992
  • Judge Brack, Hedda Gabler, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Cole, Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, 1994
  • Royd Barton, Seven Guitars, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Leontes, The Winter's Tale, Delacorte Theatre, 2000
  • Macbeth, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, 2000
  • Kit Marlowe, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Title role, Othello, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, 2001
  • Nativity: A Life Story, United Palace Theatre, New York City, 2002, 2003
  • Master Harold ... and the boys, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2004
  • Michael, The Fourposter, Contemporary Theatre Company, Wilmington,DE, 2005
  • Desire Under the Elms, The Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2005
  • The Rage of Achilles, 92nd Street Y, New York City, 2005
  • Also appeared A Midsummer Night's Dream, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego, CA; and The Lady from Dubuque.
  • Taped Readings
  • Along Came a Spider, 1993
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Decker, Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (also known as Fallout), Interplay Productions, 1997
  • Voice of Vhailor, Planescape: Torment, 1999
  • Voice of Lord Vekk, Lords of Everquest, Sony Online Entertainment,2003
  • Voice of Arbiter, Halo 2, 2004

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 27, Gale Group, 2001
    • Essence, May, 1992, p. 52

    User Contributions:

    luca brazie
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    Aug 5, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
    what was his war experience,due to the fact that he narrated ken burns war diaries

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