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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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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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 Boiling Pot (2015)
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 Free Birds (2013) Chief Broadbeak
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 H4 (2013)
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 Samuel Bleak (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"
2000:
Starred as Leontes in the Central Park staging of "The Winter's Tale"
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"
1997:
Voiced Apollo in the Disney animated feature "Hercules"
2002:
Appeared as part of the acclaimed ensemble in "Barbershop"
1986:
Appeared in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
2005:
Cast opposite Jason Statham in "The Transporter 2"
1988:
Co-starred in "They Live"
1982:
Feature film debut, "The Thing"
1980:
Made Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque"
1998:
Played Cameron Diaz's stepfather in "There's Something About Mary"
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
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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