THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
His extensive theatrical experience includes Richard II and Coriolanus
opposite Ralph Fiennes at London's Almeida Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of
Music. Versatile actor KEITH DAVID (Imam) has distinguished himself in a
career built on a variety of diverse characterizations: a Korean war veteran
running a pool hall in Harlem; a guide to the underworld with an elegant walk
and a haunting laugh; a Moslem cleric stranded on an alien planet.
His extraordinary range of talent is evidenced by his body of work. In
addition to The Chronicles of Riddick, he recently co-starred in the hit
Barbershop. Other credits include Agent Cody Banks, Hollywood Homicide, Requiem
for a Dream and Pitch Black. Prior to that, David was featured in There's
Something About Mary and Armageddon. He received an Emmy nomination for his work
in Showtime's The Tiger Woods Story. Other credits include Dead Presidents and
Spike Lee's Clockers.
David is proud to have narrated Ken Burns' millennium project Jazz for PBS,
which garnered him another Emmy nomination for his work. He was also the
narrator for the recently aired Horatio's Drive and Mark Twain, and will be
narrating Burns' next production, the biography of the boxer Jack Johnson. The
actor also voiced the lead character on the animated series version of the comic
book Spawn for HBO, as well as the lead in the Disney animated series Gargoyles.
Keith can be heard commercially on behalf of the U.S. Navy.
Such a demanding schedule is nothing new to the actor. Immediately after his
graduation from The Julliard School he was hired as an understudy for the role
of Tullus Aufidius in Shakespeare's Coriolanus at Joseph Papp's New York
Public Theater; ironically, 10 years later, he co-starred in the same role
opposite Christopher Walken and was the recipient of the Actor's Equity St.
Claire Bayfield Award. In 1992, David was recognized with a Tony nomination for
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for costarring with Gregory Hines in the
Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam. Several years later, he starred on
Broadway in August Wilson's Seven Guitars. David has also performed his
jazz/cabaret act at New York's legendary Hotel Delmonico and the venerable
Cinegrill in Los Angeles. He fulfilled a lifelong ambition by portraying Othello
at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Keith David gained wide attention in 1986 for his role as King in the OscarĀ®-
winning film Platoon. He has starred with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone in The
Quick and the Dead and with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger in Final Analysis. David
has also worked with such notable directors as Clint Eastwood (Bird), Steven Spielberg
(Always) and John Carpenter (The Thing and They Live).
Born in Harlem, NY and raised in East Elmhurst, Queens, Keith sang in the All
Borough choir as a boy. He knew he wanted to act at the age of nine when he
appeared as the Cowardly Lion in his school's production of The Wizard of Oz.
He later attended New York's famed High School of the Performing Arts and then
graduated from Julliard. There he studied under such voice and speech teachers
as Robert Williams and Edith Skinner.
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