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SpouseNancy Clark
FactHis father, Lemuel Grady Keith Jr., was a personnel division worker for the Tennessee Valley Authority. His mother, Hilda Earle, was a worker for the Knox County Board of Education.

David Keith is an American actor and director. He has appeared in several films and television series, including The Great Santini, An Officer and a Gentleman, Firestarter, U-571, and The Punisher. He has also directed the films The Jackal and The Last Samurai. Keith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 8, 1954. His parents were Mary Frances (née Keith) and Harold Clifford Keith. He has two sisters, Karen and Nancy.

Keith attended the University of Tennessee, where he studied drama. He began his acting career in the late 1970s, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions. He made his film debut in the 1981 film The Great Santini. He has since appeared in numerous films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Firestarter, U-571, and The Punisher. He has also directed the films The Jackal and The Last Samurai.

Keith’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married twice. His first wife was actress Victoria Young, with whom he has two daughters, Lily and Gretchen. His second wife is actress Elisabeth Shue, with whom he has two sons, Andrew and William. ..

General Info

Full NameDavid Keith
Height1.83 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film Score Composer
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Toronto


SpouseNancy Clark
ChildrenPresley Keith
ParentsLemuel Grady Keith, Jr., Hilda Earle


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, Outer Critics Circle Special Award
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor
MoviesAn Officer and a Gentleman, Firestarter, Raise Your Voice, Daredevil, U-571, Brubaker, Men of Honor, The Indian in the Cupboard, Behind Enemy Lines, White of the Eye, The Lords of Discipline, Major League II, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Raw Justice, The Further Adventures Of Tennessee...
TV ShowsLone Star, The Class, High Incident, James A. Michener's Texas, Flesh 'n' Blood, If Tomorrow Comes, Co-Ed Fever, Local Heroes

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1His father, Lemuel Grady Keith Jr., was a personnel division worker for the Tennessee Valley Authority. His mother, Hilda Earle, was a worker for the Knox County Board of Education.
2Has starred in two unrelated adaptations of Stephen King novels, both focusing on girls with supernatural powers: Firestarter (1984) and the television remake Carrie (2002).
3He owns a cattle ranch in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.
4He was college friends with Bill Bates, who played sixteen years for the Dallas Cowboys. He was seen on the sidelines of many Cowboys games during Bates's career.
5Not to be confused with actor Keith David.
6He is on the national advisory board for the National Association to Protect Children ( and lobbies on behalf of stronger penalties for crimes against children.




Madhouse Mecca2016post-productionHarlen
Real Good People2016TV MovieJames
Heritage Falls2016/ICoach Charlie Fitzpatrick
Regen2016Dr. Sam Giles
Christian Mingle2014Bill Wood
Reckless2014TV SeriesPat McCandless
Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs2014TV MovieGary Engels
Hawaii Five-02011-2013TV SeriesWade Gutches Commander Wade Gutches
Nikita2011TV SeriesRichard Ellison
Chase2010TV SeriesAlan Matthews
Lone Star2010TV SeriesJohn Allen / John
Unrequited2010Nate Grissom
Beneath the Blue2010Hawk
CSI: Miami2008TV SeriesEvan Caldwell
Boys of Summerville2008Joe
Clown Hunt2008B.J.
Succubus: Hell-Bent2007VideoWallace
The Class2006-2007TV SeriesYonk Allen
Bottoms Up2006VideoUncle Earl
Expiration Date2006Wild William
In Her Line of Fire2006Vice President Walker
Miracle Dogs Too2006VideoMr. Mulvaney
Judy2005/IIShortNick (credit only)
Locusts: The 8th Plague2005TV MovieGary
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2005TV SeriesDetective Mark Virgini
Path of Destruction2005TV MovieRoy Stark
Come Away Home2005Sheriff Steve Jantz
All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos2005Sheriff Blanco
Raise Your Voice2004Simon Fletcher
NCIS2004TV SeriesNavy Capt. Mike Watson
The Kings of Brooklyn2004Scoggins
Still Life2003-2004TV SeriesBen Morgan / Ben
Waterville2003Blake Robison
Epoch: Evolution2003TV MovieMason Rand
Deep Shock2003TV MovieCapt. Andrew (Andy) Raines, USN
Hangman's Curse2003Nate Springfield
Daredevil2003Jack Murdock
Sabretooth2002TV MovieBob Thatcher
Carrie2002TV MovieDetective John Mulchaey
Mother Ghost2002Carey
The Stickup2002Ray DeCarlo
Clover Bend2002McGary
In the Echo2002TV Movie
Behind Enemy Lines2001Master Chief Tom O'Malley
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2001TV SeriesDetective John 'Hawk' Hawkins
Anthrax2001Adam Stewart
World Traveler2001Richard
Epoch2001TV MovieMason Rand
Constant Payne2001TV ShortAlexander 'Doc' Payne (voice)
Love and Treason2001TV MovieEli Dixon
Burning Down the House2001Carolina
Last Dance2001TV Movie
Men of Honor2000Captain Hartigan
Arli$$2000TV SeriesArchie Michaels
U-5712000Maj. Matthew Coonan
Martial Law2000TV SeriesCliff Eagleton
Walker, Texas Ranger2000TV SeriesCliff Eagleton
If... Dog... Rabbit1999Parole Officer Gilmore
Question of Privilege1999Carter Roberts
A Memory in My Heart1999TV MovieMatt
Secret of the Andes1998Brooks Willings
Poodle Springs1998TV MovieLarry Victor / Charles Nichols
Perfect Prey1998TV MovieDwayne Alan Clay
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesMajor Jason Mercer
Ambushed1998Deputy Lawrence
High Incident1996-1997TV SeriesCorporal Jim Marsh / Sgt. Jim Marsh
Red-Blooded American Girl II1997Mr. Colbert
Judge and Jury1996Joseph Meeker
Invasion of Privacy1996Sgt. Rutherford
OverBlood1996Video GameRaz (English version, voice)
A Family Thing1996Sonny
If Looks Could Kill1996TV MovieDet. Peter Stanford
Strangers1996TV SeriesRichard
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-Series
Local Heroes1995TV Series
Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain1995Ray Karnisak
Deadly Sins1995Jack Gales
The Indian in the Cupboard1995Boone
Till the End of the Night1995Garrett Hill
Running Wild1995Jack Hutton
Texas1994TV MovieJim Bowie
Temptation1994/IBone Babancourt
XXX's & OOO's1994TV MovieBullet Dobbs
Ernest Goes to School1994Squint Westwood
Raw Justice1994Mace
Major League II1994Jack Parkman
Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica1993TV MovieDan Schmidt
Distant Cousins1993Harry Young
Liar's Edge1992Gary Kirkpatrick
Off and Running1991Jack Cornett
Caged Fear1991Tommy Lane
Flesh 'n' Blood1991TV SeriesArlo Weed
The Two Jakes1990Loach
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North1989TV MovieLt. Col. Oliver North
Heartbreak Hotel1988Elvis Presley
The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck1988Buck Malone
White of the Eye1987Paul White
If Tomorrow Comes1986TV Mini-SeriesDaniel Cooper
Gulag1985TV MovieMickey Almon
Firestarter1984Andrew 'Andy' McGee
The Lords of Discipline1983Will McLean
Independence Day1983Jack Parker
An Officer and a Gentleman1982Sid Worley
Take This Job and Shove It1981Harry Meade
Back Roads1981Mason
Brubaker1980Larry Lee Bullen
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980TV MovieWayne Robinson
The Rose1979PFC Mal
The Great Santini1979Red Petus
The Runaways1979TV Series
Friendly Fire1979TV MovieLeroy Hamilton
Co-ed Fever1979TV SeriesTuck
Happy Days1978TV SeriesFred Owens
Are You in the House Alone?1978TV MovieStudent (uncredited)

Music Department

Raw Justice1994composer: additional music
Flesh 'n' Blood1991TV Series composer - 12 episodes


The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck1988
The Curse1987




Heartbreak Hotel1988performer: "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Heartbreak Hotel", "How Great Thou Art", "Love Me", "Ready Teddy", "That's All Right"


Nightmare Circus1974stunts


Lights, Camera, Magic1995TV Movie special thanks


An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later2007Video documentary shortHimself
Frank Peretti: From Page to Screen2004Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making 'Daredevil'2003Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
¿Quién es Alejandro Chomski?2002DocumentaryHimself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture

Archive Footage

Premio Donostia a Richard Gere2007TV SpecialSid Worley


Won Awards

1983ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAMale Star of Tomorrow

Nominated Awards

1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USANew Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - MaleAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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