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Keith David Williams (born June 4, 1956 in New York City, New York), known professionally as Keith David, is an American actor known for his deep voice.

Frequently typecast as a Scary Black Man. Fortunately, he found his renaissance as a Voice Actor, from which he garnered a veritable army of devoted fans. Keith is best known in the voice acting sphere for his roles as Goliath in Gargoyles, Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect trilogy, the Arbiter in the Halo franchise, and for Sergeant Foley in Modern Warfare 2. In live action, he's best known for Childs in the original Thing movie, and as the affable soldier known as King in Oliver Stone’s Platoon.

He is not David Keith. What he is, is an awesome singer.

Also, don't mess with his fries.



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As might be imagined, someone with his unique voice is often in demand as something other than an actor. Specifically, he makes an excellent narrator for such things as:

  • City Confidential, the narration of which he took over after Paul Winfield's death.
  • Comic Book Superheroes: Unmasked (a documentary for the History Channel)
  • Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire
  • Ken Burns' Jazz and the 10th Inning of Baseball (documentary series)
  • New York: A Documentary Film (the first three episodes; these were later recycled for the series The American Experience)
  • U.S. Armed Forces commercials.
  • Lions of Darkness, a Nature Documentary for National Geographic.
  • Jewels of the Caribbean Sea, also for National Geographic.
  • The War
  • WWE documentaries and DVDs, for which David has occasionally narrated.
  • Mobil 1 commercials.
  • Xbox commercials in 2002-03 ("For *something relevant to the commercial*, there's no power greater than X.")


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