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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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