Keith David

D.O.B: Jun 04, 1956 |  Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

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Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York Citys Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director.

Biography

Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York Citys Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted to act after playing the cowardly lion in his schools production of The Wizard of Oz. He later enrolled in New Yorks High School of the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Juilliard. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy for Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeares Coriolanus. In 1992, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway play Jellys Last Jam. Keiths extraordinary range of talent is evidenced by his body of work. His films include The Princess and the Frog, Coraline, and Crash. Other credits are Barbershop, Agent Cody Banks, and Requiem for a Dream. Prior to that, Keith was featured in Theres Something About Mary, Armageddon and Dead Presidents. Keith has received Emmy Awards for his narration of two Ken Burns documentaries: The War and Unforgivable Blackness, and was nominated for his narration of Jazz. He received a daytime Emmy nomination for his work in Showtimes The Tiger Woods Story.