David Keith

David Keith

American actor
Date of Birth: 08.05.1954
Country: USA

  1. Biography of David Keith
  2. Early Career
  3. Success and Film Career
  4. Musical Career and Television Roles
  5. Later Career

Biography of David Keith

Born on May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee, David Keith is an American actor and director. He began his acting career as a member of the Clarence Brown Theatre company at the University of Tennessee, where he gained experience appearing in musicals such as "Brigadoon" and "The Music Man". After graduating from university, Keith moved to New York and performed with the Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House in the country-western musical "The Red Bluegrass Western Flyer Show" in 1977.

David Keith

Early Career

In Los Angeles, Keith landed a guest role on the popular sitcom "Happy Days" in 1978 and showcased his comedic talents in the short-lived comedy series "Co-Ed Fever" in 1979. He received critical acclaim for his role in the award-winning drama "Friendly Fire" in 1979, and portrayed an American athlete in love with a Soviet gymnast in the NBC miniseries "The Golden Moment - An Olympic Love Story". Keith gained recognition with his role as the loyal friend of Richard Gere's character in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman" in 1982.

David Keith

Success and Film Career

Following his success in "An Officer and a Gentleman," Keith continued to establish himself in the film industry. He played a cadet who wants to leave a despised Southern California military academy in "The Lords of Discipline" in 1983 and showcased his telekinetic abilities in the film adaptation of Stephen King's "Firestarter" in 1984. Keith made his directorial debut with the horror film "The Curse/The Farm" in 1987 and starred in "The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck" in 1998, a film inspired by the Indiana Jones franchise.

David Keith

Musical Career and Television Roles

In addition to his acting career, Keith showcased his singing abilities by contributing to the soundtrack of "The Curse/The Farm" and performing Elvis Presley songs in the film "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1988. He collaborated with Leon Russell on the theme song for the short-lived sitcom "Flesh 'n Blood" in 1991. Keith received critical acclaim for his role in the miniseries "Guts & Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North" in 1989 but transitioned to supporting roles in various television series and films.

Later Career

In 2000, Keith returned to mainstream films with roles in "U-571" and "Men of Honor," where he starred alongside Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. He continued to balance his film and television career, appearing in projects such as the remake of the horror film "Carrie" in 2002 and the sci-fi series "Sabretooth". In 2003, Keith portrayed the defeated boxer Jack "The Devil" Murdock in the film "Daredevil". His most recent notable role is as Vice President Walker in the film "In Her Line of Fire" in 2006, alongside Mariel Hemingway.