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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, smooth 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, the titular Spawn, Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect trilogy, the Arbiter in the Halo franchise, and Sergeant Foley in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ("RAMIREZ! Take out that helicopter with a frisbee!"). In live-action, Mr. David is best known for his roles as Childs in The Thing (1982), Frank Armitage in They Live!, and the affable soldier known as King in Platoon.

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

Also, don't mess with his fries.

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Other Work:

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
  • Several Ken Burns films including Jazz, The War, the 10th Inning of Baseball (documentary series), and Muhammad Ali
  • New York: A Documentary Film (the first three episodes; these were later recycled for 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.
  • 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.")
  • Single White Female TV commercial
  • He has filled in for Ving Rhames doing the voiceovers for Arby's commercials on occasion.