Keith David

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  • Birth Name: Keith David Williams
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • First acting role was as the Cowardly Lion in his grammar school's production of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Right after Juilliard, became Raul Julia's understudy for the Shakespeare Festival in Central Park's production of Othello.
  • Won the 1989 Actors' Equity Association's St. Clair Bayfield Award (for best Shakespearean performance) for his work in Coriolanus.
  • Won the 1996 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actor for his work in the Broadway play Seven Guitars.
  • Provided the narration for the 2012 Community episode "Pillows and Blankets" in a parody of his narration of Ken Burns' documentaries like Jazz (2001) and The War (2007).
  • Has his own cabaret act, which features renditions of pop and jazz standards, and has starred in a musical tribute to Nat King Cole.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (Informational): Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Winner
  • 1992, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Narrator: Winner

Relationships

  • Margit Edwards — Ex-wife
  • Dionne Lea — Wife
  • Mae Lee — Daughter
  • Delores Williams — Mother
  • Lester Williams — Father

College

  • The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BFA, 1979)

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  • Birth Name: Keith David Williams
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor