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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, singer, voice actor

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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...

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".

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CAST: (feature film)

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 H4 (2014)
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 Free Birds (2013)
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 Samuel Bleak (2013)
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 Last Fall, The (2012)
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 Smiley (2012)
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 Cloud Atlas (2012)
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 Pastor Brown (2011)
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1979:
Made stage debut in the Public Theatre production of "Coriolanus"; also starred Christopher Walken
1980:
Made Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque"
1982:
Feature film debut, "The Thing"
1986:
Appeared in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
1988:
Co-starred in "They Live"
1992:
Played featured role in the Broadway production of "Jelly's Last Jam"
1995:
Returned to Broadway to play the leading role in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"
1997:
Voiced Apollo in the Disney animated feature "Hercules"
1998:
Played Cameron Diaz's stepfather in "There's Something About Mary"
1998:
Played golf great Tiger Woods' father Earl Woods in "The Tiger Woods Story" (Showtime)
1998:
Appeared as an Army general in sci-fi blockbuster "Armageddon"
2000:
Starred as Leontes in the Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"
2001:
Had pivotal role as a drug dealer in "Requiem for a Dream"
2001:
Played the title role of "Othello" in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging
2002:
Played 'The Sheriff' in the off-kilter thriller "29 Palms"
2002:
Appeared as part of the acclaimed ensemble in "Barbershop"
2003:
Cast as the CIA director in the youth-skewing action-comedy "Agent Cody Banks"
2003:
Played Harrison Ford's boss in action-comedy "Hollywood Homicide"
2004:
Reprised role as the CIA Director in "Agent Cody Banks 2"
2005:
Cast opposite Jason Statham in "The Transporter 2"
2006:
Co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in crime drama "Dirty"
2007:
Co-starred in the comedy "Delta Farce"
2009:
Appeared in the comedy "All About Steve" with Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper
2009:
Voiced the villain Doctor Facilier in Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"
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
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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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