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Also Known As: Keith David Williams Died:
Born: June 4, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, singer

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Actor Keith David was born Keith David Williams in Harlem, in New York City in 1956, and grew up in Corona, Queens. David attended New York's High School of Performing Arts, and later attended Julliard School's Drama Division. After graduation David toured with John Houseman's "The Acting Company" in a number of productions including "Waiting for Godot" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Only two years later he was cast in John Carpenter's "The Thing". He worked consistently after that, appearing in the movies "Platoon" (1986), "Road House" (1989), "Always" (1989) and "Stars and Bars" (1988) during the 1980s. In the 90s he appeared in acclaimed films "Clockers" (1995), "Requiem for a Dream"(1999),  "Dead Presidents" (1995), and "There's Something About Mary" (1998). In addition to his onscreen work David was also a prominent voice actor. He voiced Goliath in "Gargoyles" (Disney, 1994-97), and was featured in "Princess Mononoke" (1997). He also provided narration for a number of Ken Burns documentaries. He also narrated documentaries for WWE, Major League Baseball, History Channel and PBS.  David was also known for his work in the theater and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in 1992's...

Actor Keith David was born Keith David Williams in Harlem, in New York City in 1956, and grew up in Corona, Queens. David attended New York's High School of Performing Arts, and later attended Julliard School's Drama Division. After graduation David toured with John Houseman's "The Acting Company" in a number of productions including "Waiting for Godot" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Only two years later he was cast in John Carpenter's "The Thing". He worked consistently after that, appearing in the movies "Platoon" (1986), "Road House" (1989), "Always" (1989) and "Stars and Bars" (1988) during the 1980s. In the 90s he appeared in acclaimed films "Clockers" (1995), "Requiem for a Dream"(1999),  "Dead Presidents" (1995), and "There's Something About Mary" (1998). In addition to his onscreen work David was also a prominent voice actor. He voiced Goliath in "Gargoyles" (Disney, 1994-97), and was featured in "Princess Mononoke" (1997). He also provided narration for a number of Ken Burns documentaries. He also narrated documentaries for WWE, Major League Baseball, History Channel and PBS.  David was also known for his work in the theater and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in 1992's production of "Jelly's Last Jam."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Night School (2018)
2.
 Nice Guys, The (2016)
3.
 Range 15 (2016)
4.
 Nina (2016)
5.
 Boiling Pot (2015)
7.
8.
 Free Birds (2013) Chief Broadbeak
10.
 H4 (2013)
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1998:
Appeared as an Army general in sci-fi blockbuster "Armageddon"
2003:
Cast as the CIA director in the youth-skewing action-comedy "Agent Cody Banks"
1992:
Played featured role in the Broadway production of "Jelly's Last Jam"
2001:
Played the title role of "Othello" in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging
1995:
Returned to Broadway to play the leading role in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"
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"
2002:
Played 'The Sheriff' in the off-kilter thriller "29 Palms"
1998:
Played golf great Tiger Woods' father Earl Woods in "The Tiger Woods Story" (Showtime)
2003:
Played Harrison Ford's boss in action-comedy "Hollywood Homicide"
2004:
Reprised role as the CIA Director in "Agent Cody Banks 2"
2002:
Appeared as part of the acclaimed ensemble in "Barbershop"
2005:
Cast opposite Jason Statham in "The Transporter 2"
1998:
Played Cameron Diaz's stepfather in "There's Something About Mary"
2010:
Acted opposite Ice Cube and Bow Wow in the comedy feature "Lottery Ticket"
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
2000:
Starred as Leontes in the Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"
1997:
Voiced Apollo in the Disney animated feature "Hercules"
1986:
Appeared in "Platoon"
1988:
Co-starred in "They Live"
1982:
Cast in "The Thing"
1980:
Made Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque"
2006:
Co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in crime drama "Dirty"
2001:
Had pivotal role as a drug dealer in "Requiem for a Dream"
1979:
Made stage debut in the Public Theatre production of "Coriolanus"; also starred Christopher Walken
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Cast in "Rick and Morty"
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Education

The School of Performing Arts: New York, New York - 1975
The Juilliard School: New York, New York - 1979
The Juilliard School: New York, New York - 1979

Notes

"I usually play a positive black man who is about something and has a strong sense of himself. There are some roles I won't do; the ones that perpetuate the same old stereotypes." --David quoted in New York's DAILY NEWS, November 1, 1994

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