Keith David Williams was born on the 4th June 1956 in Harlem, New York City, USA. He is an actor, probably best known for his starring in a number of roles, such as Childs in the film “The Thing” (1982), playing Armitage in “They Live” (1988), and as General Kimsey in “Armageddon” (1998), etc. He is also known as a voice actor, who has provided his voice to a number of characters, such as in the film “The War”. His career has been active since 1979.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Keith David is? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of David’s net worth is $3 million, as of mid- 2016. Obviously, most of his income is the result of his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as an actor.
Keith David Net Worth $3 Million
Keith David spent his childhood in Corona, Queens, New York City, raised by his father Lester Williams, who was a director of payroll operations, and his mother, Dolores Williams, who worked as a manager at New York Telephone. From a very young age, he was interested in becoming an actor, as he was a member of school plays, so David went to the High School of the Performing Arts. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 1979.
David was immediately thrown into the acting world, touring with the famous group “The Acting Company”. After a few successful stage appearances, David was able to transfer his talents to screen, and made his debut appearance in the John Caprenter film “The Thing” (1982). Since then, his career has gone only upwards, and so has his net worth. Since the 1980s, David has appeared in more than 250 film and TV titles, and he has also done some voice-over work, lending his voice to characters from popular animated TV series, films, and video games as well.
Some of his most popular roles, are those in films and TV series such as “Platoon” (1986), “They Live” (1988), “Men At Work” (1990), “Marked For Death” (1990), “Reality Bites” (1994), “Armageddon” (1998), “Requiem For A Dream” (2000), “The Chronicles Of Riddick” (2004), “Crash” (2004), “ER” (2006-2007), “Enlisted” (2014), “Community” (2012-2015), “Greenleaf” (2016-2017), and most recently “The Gettysburg Address” (2016), “Service To Man” (2016), and “Nat Turner: Story Of A Prophet”, among other projects, all of which have added a lot to the overall size of his net worth.
To speak of his voice-over credits, he lend his voice to characters from such series, films, and video games, such as “Aladdin” (1994-1995), “Gargoyles” (1994-1996), “Hercules” (1997), “Disney’s Hades Challenge” (1998), “Spawn” (1997-1999), “The Proud Family Movie” (2005), “Justice League: The New Frontier” (2008), “The Princess And The Frog” (2009), “Allen Gregory” (2011), “Adventure Time” (2012-2016), and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2015-2016), among others, which have also contributed to his net worth.
Thanks to his skills, David has received several prestigious nominations and awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards, both in category Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work as narrator for the documentary “War” (2007), and also as a narrator of the documentary “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson” (2004), among others.
If to talk about his personal life, Keith David has been married to singer/actress Dionne Lea Williams since April of 2001; they are the parents of two children. Previously, he was in marriage with Margit Edwards Williams during the 1990s, with whom he has a son.
He was awarded the 1991 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance for "Jelly's Last Jam" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Performance for "Seven Guitars" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Has portrayed both President and Vice President of the United States in instances of aliens threatening to destroy Earth in his voiceover work. Played himself as Vice President Keith David in the video game Saints Row 4 (2013) and played "The President" in season 2, episode 5 of Rick & Morty titled, "Get Schwifty". Mr. David's success rate stands at 50%. As President, Earth survived the "Cromulon's" test. Against the Zin in Saint's Row 4 however, the Earth did not fare quite as well, although some of humanity (those abducted by the Zin) did survive.
He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Platoon (1986) and Crash (2005).
Has three children: daughters Ruby and Maelee with his current wife and a son Owen from his previous marriage to Margit.
Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin (2009).
In February 2010, he became the first actor to provide his voice for two films nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. He played the role of The Cat in Coraline (2009) and the villain Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
His ex-wife attended Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) with Lisa Nicole Carson where they both appeared (and worked backstage) in theater department productions.
Following the film Platoon (1986), Charlie Sheen - who starred in the film - did a TV interview and credits David with saving his life. While shooting in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard, and Sheen was thrown towards - and would have gone through - the open door. David grabbed Sheen by the back and pulled him back in.
I loved old movies as a kid, so I always watched old movies.
In fact, I have never met anyone who didn't like Gargoyles.
It can't hurt, publicity is publicity, controversy and all that, it's all good.
My whole life, I always wanted to be an actor.
Well, you know, I played Mufasa in the workshop of The Lion King.
What has been happening more lately - of course, I also put in my bio, I say I do the voice of Goliath, but some people go - you know, I say something, and it's a funny thing when you work in this business, people will talk out loud in front of you like you're not there.
And it has some weight, I mean, the whole history of the gargoyles, that's some wonderful stuff.
But Gargoyles, bar none, is the most fun I've ever had in life.
I am working on my nightclub act, definitely want to do more singing.
I came out singing, the doctor slapped me on the head, and I started singing.
I don't think they're going to pay me to play Mufasa.
You get to celebrate the content of someone's character as opposed to the color of their skin or their outward appearance. That to me is the most impressive element about Gargoyles (1994) because it forces you to deal with who they are. Not what they look like or anything external. You are dealing with internal principles about these people.
[on Gargoyles (1994)] I was very moved by Goliath. I was moved by playing him. They're not displaced citizens but they are citizens from another time and another place that were placed in this modern context and maintained that integrity.
Actually, I wanted to be an actor when I was two years old.