David Keith

  • Birth Name: David Lemuel Keith
  • Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Composer

Fast Facts

  • Made film debut opposite Bette Midler in 1979's The Rose.
  • Best known for his breakthrough performance in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which earned him two Golden Globe nominations.
  • In 1987, he made his directorial debut with the horror film The Curse.
  • Served on the National Advisory Board for the National Association to Protect Children.
  • As a composer, he has contributed music to television series and movies.
  • Has a cattle ranch in Tellico Plains, TN.
  • In 2010, he was cast as the father of a con artist on the Fox series Lone Star.


  • 1983, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Nancy Clark — Wife
  • Hilda Earle — Mother
  • Lemuel Grady Keith Jr. — Father
  • Presley Keith — Daughter


  • Graduated University of Tennessee with a bachelor of arts in speech and theatre