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Keith David

Lowest Rated:   0% 29 Palms (2003)
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Birthplace:   Harlem, New York, USA
Actor, singer, and voice actor Keith David has spent much of his career on the stage, but also frequently works in feature films and on television. A native of New York City, David first performed as a child, singing in the All Borough Chorus and later attended the prestigious High School of Performing Arts. Shortly after graduating from Juilliard, where he studied voice and theater, David landed a role in a production of Coriolanus at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. He starred opposite Christopher Walken. David made his Broadway debut in Albee's The Lady From Dubuque (1980) and, two years later, had his first film role in John Carpenter's The Thing. He would not appear in another feature film until he played King in Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986). In between, David alternated between stage and television work. He appeared in five films in 1988, including Clint Eastwood's Bird, where he gave a memorable performance as jazz sax player Buster Franklin. In 1992, David showed his considerable skill as a singer and dancer and won a Tony nomination for starring in the musical Jelly's Last Jam, opposite Gregory Hines. David's film career really picked up in the mid-'90s, with roles ranging from a gunslinger in Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead to a New York cop in Spike Lee's Clockers to an amputee who owns a pool parlor in Dead Presidents (all 1995). In 1998, David had a brief but memorable role as Cameron Diaz's boisterous stepfather in the Farrelly brother's zany Something About Mary. In one of the film's funniest scenes, David tries to help Diaz's prom date, Ben Stiller, extricate himself from an embarrassingly sticky situation. He is also well known to animation fans for his voice work in, among other projects, Disney's Gargoyles, HBO's Spawn, and the English-dubbed version of the Japanese-animated film Princess Mononoke. In 2000 he appeared in Requiem for a Dream, Pitch Black, and Where the Heart Is, as well as providing the narration of Ken Burns documentary on the history of jazz. He continued to work steadily in a variety of projects including Barbershop, 29 Palms, Agent Cody Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and the 2005 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Crash. He also found work in Transporter 2, The Oh in Ohio, Meet Monica Velour, Lottery Ticket, and the 2010 remake of Death at a Funeral.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All Saints
  • Boyd
2017
No Score Yet Savage Dog
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Range 15
  • Colone Holloway
$1.5k 2016
92% The Nice Guys
  • Older Guy
$32.3M 2016
3% Nina
  • Clifton's Father
2016
No Score Yet Dirty Lies
  • Doc
2016
No Score Yet Boiling Pot
  • Agent Long
2015
No Score Yet Union Furnace
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Frog Kingdom
  • Frog King
2015
No Score Yet Kids vs Monsters
  • Barry
2015
40% Field of Lost Shoes
  • Old Judge
2014
No Score Yet Birds of Paradise
  • Actor
2014
17% Free Birds
  • Chief Broadbeak
$46.7M 2013
No Score Yet Samuel Bleak
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Don't Pass Me By
  • David Knox
2013
No Score Yet The Magic City
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Undershepherd
  • Brother Wilks
2013
No Score Yet Sons Of Liberty
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The North Star
  • Frederick Douglas
2013
No Score Yet Christmas In Compton
  • Big Earl
2012
No Score Yet The Last Fall
  • Sydney Bishop
2012
66% Cloud Atlas
  • Kupaka/Joe Napier/An-Kor Apis/Prescient
$22.1M 2012
18% Smiley
  • Detective Diamond
2012
No Score Yet Double or Nothing
  • Homeless Dude
2012
No Score Yet Hopelessly In June
  • Dalbert Myers
2012
No Score Yet Mark Twain
  • Actor
2012
13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown
  • Clerk
2011
50% Spork
  • Coach Jenkins
2011
48% Meet Monica Velour
  • Claude
$32.1k 2011
No Score Yet No Saints for Sinners
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Inheritance
  • Uncle Melvin
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Blue
  • Actor
2010
29% Chain Letter
  • Det. Jim Crenshaw
$0.2M 2010
34% Lottery Ticket
  • Sweet Tee
$24.8M 2010
No Score Yet Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming
  • Terry
2010
41% Death at a Funeral
  • Reverend Davis
$16.1M 2010
No Score Yet Africa's Lost Eden
  • Actor
2010
38% Don McKay
  • Otis
2010
84% The Princess and the Frog
  • Dr. Facilier
$104.4M 2009
7% All About Steve
  • Corbitt
$33.9M 2009
28% Gamer
  • Agent Keith
$20.5M 2009
No Score Yet Against the Dark
  • Lt. Walters
2009
No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
  • Commander Scott Boytano
2009
No Score Yet Pastor Brown
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Charlie Valentine
  • Sal
2009
No Score Yet S.I.S.
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Fifth Commandment
  • Max 'Coolbreeze' Templeton
2008
No Score Yet My Mom's New Boyfriend
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Chasing 3000
  • Actor
2008
17% Superhero Movie
  • Chief of Police
$25.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Butcher
  • Larry Cobb
2008
No Score Yet Justice League: The New Frontier
  • The Centre
2008
13% First Sunday
  • Judge B. Bennet Galloway
$38.0M 2008
No Score Yet No Bad Days
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet WWII Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet S.I.S.
  • Joseph Armstrong
2008
No Score Yet Lost Treasure of the Maya
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Last Sentinel
  • Colonel Norton
2007
4% Delta Farce
  • Sergeant Kilgore
$8.1M 2007
No Score Yet Si Yo Hubiera Sabido que Era un Genio
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil
  • Scott Boytano
2006
22% The Oh in Ohio
  • Coach Popovitch
2006
62% ATL
  • John Garnett
$21.2M 2006
21% Dirty
  • Captain Spain
2006
No Score Yet Crusades: Crescent & the Cross
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Death to the Supermodels
  • Executive Producer
2005
52% Transporter 2
  • Stappleton
$43.1M 2005
59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Father
$186.2M 2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Forbidden Fruits
  • Rev. Walters
2005
75% Crash
  • Lt. Dixon
$55.4M 2004
No Score Yet Beef II
  • Narrator
2004
7% Kaena: The Prophecy
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
  • Abu `Imam' al-Walid
2004
29% The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Imam
$56.9M 2004
13% Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
  • CIA Director
$23.3M 2004
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Nova - Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
  • Narrator
2003
0% 29 Palms
  • The Sheriff
2003
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Leon
$30.1M 2003
31% Head of State
  • Bernard Cooper
$37.8M 2003
39% Agent Cody Banks
  • CIA Director
$47.3M 2003
No Score Yet Empires: Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Egypt's Golden Empire
  • Actor
2002
82% Barbershop
  • Lester
$75.1M 2002
No Score Yet Inside Islam
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Innocents
  • Detective Davis
2002
No Score Yet Pretty When You Cry
  • Det. Charles Desett
2001
38% Novocaine
  • Lunt
$1.6M 2001
44% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Council Member No. 1
2001
No Score Yet Home Invaders
  • Actor
2001
41% The Replacements
  • Lindell
$44.1M 2000
35% Where the Heart Is
  • Moses Whitecotten
2000
57% Pitch Black
  • Imam
2000
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle
  • Actor
  • Director
1999
83% There's Something About Mary
  • Mary's Stepfather
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Gen. Kimsey
1998
No Score Yet Executive Target
  • Lamar
1998
No Score Yet The Tiger Woods Story
  • Earl Woods
1998
45% Volcano
  • Lt. Ed Fox
1997
54% Johns
  • Homeless John
1997
No Score Yet Vanishing Point
  • Warren Taftley
1997
No Score Yet Jewels of the Caribbean Sea
  • Narrator
1997
No Score Yet Never Met Picasso
  • Actor
1996
11% Larger Than Life
  • Hurst
1996
No Score Yet The Grave
  • The Priest
1996
8% Eye for an Eye
  • Martin
1996
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Flipping
  • Leo Richards
1996
43% Blue in the Face
  • Jackie
1995
45% Dead Presidents
  • Kirby
1995
68% Clockers
  • Andre the Giant
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Sgt. Cantrell
1995
No Score Yet Gargoyles: The Movie
  • Goliath
1995
No Score Yet World of National Geographic
  • Narrator
1995
26% The Puppet Masters
  • Holland
1994
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw
  • Lovecraft
1994
No Score Yet There Are No Children Here
  • John Paul Rivers
1993
65% Reality Bites
  • Roger
1993
No Score Yet Ocean Drifters
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Masters of American Music: Bluesland - A Portrait of American Music
  • Host
1993
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Nails
  • Owenns
1992
46% Article 99
  • Jerome
1992
54% Final Analysis
  • Det. Huggins
1992
22% Marked for Death
  • Max
1990
29% Men at Work
  • Louis Fedders
1990
65% Always
  • Powerhouse
1989
38% Road House
  • Ernie Bass
1989
84% They Live
  • Frank
1988
78% Bird
  • Buster Franklin
1988
50% Off Limits
  • Maurice
1988
No Score Yet Braddock: Missing in Action III
  • Embassy Gate Captain
1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars
  • Teagarden
1988
No Score Yet Ladykillers
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Hot Pursuit
  • Alphonso
1987
88% Platoon
  • King
1986
81% The Thing
  • Childs
1982
No Score Yet The Magic City (Magiki polis)
  • Actor
1954

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% The Flash
2014
  • Solovar
  • 2017
79% Greenleaf
2016
  • Bishop James Greenleaf
  • 2017
  • 2016
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Beale
  • 2016
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
  • Malloy
  • 2015
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Elroy Patashnik
  • 2015
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Warden
  • 2014
86% Enlisted
2014
  • Donald Cody Cody Wallace
  • 2014
  • 2013
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
2013-2014
  • Voice
  • 2013
13% The Bible
2013
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2013
64% Touch
2012
  • Dutch
  • 2013
9% Allen Gregory
2011
  • Voice
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Jimmy Cannon
  • 2011
45% The Cape
2011
  • Max Malini Max Milani
  • 2011
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Jeremiah Miller
  • 2009
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Mr. Guster
  • 2008
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet The War
2007
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Pastor Watkins
  • 2006
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Brian Chapin
  • 2005
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Lloyd Mackie
  • 2005
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2004
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Matt Phelps
  • 2003
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Bronx DA John Robertson John Robertson
  • 2001
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Arthur
1996
  • Voice
  • 1996

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