Keith David

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Keith David
David in 2015
Keith David Williams

(1956-06-04) June 4, 1956 (age 68)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
  • Actor
  • voice actor
Years active1977–present
Margit Edwards
(m. 1990; div. 1999)
Dionne Lea Williams
(m. 2001)

Keith David Williams (born June 4, 1956)[1] is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for his deep voice and screen presence[2] in over 300 roles across film, stage, television, and interactive media.

He has starred in such films as The Thing (1982), Platoon (1986), They Live (1988), Dead Presidents (1995), Armageddon (1998), There's Something About Mary (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Pitch Black (2000), Barbershop (2002), Crash (2004), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Nice Guys (2016), and Nope (2022). He starred as Elroy Patashnik in the sixth season of the NBC series Community (2015)[3] and starred as Bishop James Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama Greenleaf (2016–2020).

His Emmy-winning voice-over career includes work as the narrator of Ken Burns films such as The War (2007) and Muhammad Ali (2021). In film, characters that he has voiced include Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog (2009) and the Cat in Coraline (2009). On television, he portrayed Goliath in Gargoyles (1994–1997), Al Simmons / Spawn in Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997–1999), The Flame King in Adventure Time (2012–2017), Andre Curtis / The President in Rick and Morty (2015–present), King Andrias in Amphibia (2020–2022), Dr. Tenma in Pluto (2023), and Husk in Hazbin Hotel (2024–present). Video game roles include the Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee in the Halo franchise (2004–2015), Julius Little and himself in the Saints Row series (2006–2017), Admiral Anderson in the Mass Effect series (2007–2013), Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008), Sergeant Foley in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) and Grimlock in Transformers: EarthSpark.

Early life and education[edit]

David was born June 4, 1956, in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, and raised in Corona, Queens, New York City. His mother, Dolores (née Dickenson), was a manager at New York Telephone, and his father, Lester Williams, worked as a director of payroll operations.[4]

He initially intended to become an actor after playing the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz and went on to study at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. He attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1975–1979, Group 8)[5] where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979.[6]


Film and television[edit]

In 1980–81, David toured the country with John Houseman's The Acting Company in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Less than two years later, he went on to star as Childs, opposite Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's The Thing, starting his lengthy on-screen career. In the 1980s run of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he portrayed Keith the Southwood Carpenter in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe segments. He also played Keith, the game coin collector in an episode where Rogers and a small child learn to play the arcade game Donkey Kong.

He went on to appear in films such as Platoon, They Live, Men at Work, Marked for Death, and Stars and Bars. He played Kirby in the 1995 film Dead Presidents, and he appeared in the 1995 Spike Lee film Clockers. Roles in other films followed, in Volcano,There's Something About Mary, Requiem for a Dream, Pitch Black, Barbershop, Agent Cody Banks, Head of State, Hollywood Homicide, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, The Chronicles of Riddick, Crash, ATL, Delta Farce and First Sunday.

He portrayed "Father" in the romantic comedy action film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. At the same time, he has appeared in numerous independent films including the critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, playing the role of Big Tim. He has also appeared extensively in television productions since the 1980s and as a regular character Lieutenant Williams on the short-lived television series The Job. He was a regular on another shoot, The Big House, made for ABC in 2004. David portrayed Detective Jim Crenshaw in the 2010 horror film Chain Letter.[7]

In 2010, David was cast as Max Malini for the NBC television series The Cape.[8] On April 18, 2011, Keith appeared in the 21st episode of season one of Hawaii Five-0 as criminal tycoon Jimmy Cannon. In 2012, he appeared in the horror film Smiley and the science-fiction drama Cloud Atlas. In 2013, David appeared in the controversial drama Boiling Pot which is based on true events of racism. In 2014, David portrayed Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody in the Fox comedy series Enlisted.[9] Later in 2014, David was cast as Elroy Patashnik in the sixth season of the sitcom Community.[3]

In 2015, David was cast in the leading role alongside Lynn Whitfield in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Greenleaf.[10]

Voice acting[edit]

David also works extensively as a voice actor. He was the voice of the Flame King in Adventure Time, King Andrias from Amphibia, Goliath from Gargoyles, the title character in the Spawn animated series, and Lemuel Kane in Archer. In the English dub of Princess Mononoke, David played the narrator and Okkoto. He played the role of Mama in the English dub of 3x3 Eyes. He provided the voice for the character Decker in the role-playing video game Fallout and the voice for the character Vhailor in Planescape: Torment. He provided the voice of the Arbiter for the video game Halo 2, released in 2004; later, he reprised that role in the Xbox 360 follow-up Halo 3. He portrayed the character again in Halo: The Master Chief Collection and also in Halo 5: Guardians, released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He played the role of Captain David Anderson in BioWare's Mass Effect series.

David did voice work in the video game Saints Row and its sequel Saints Row II, playing gang leader of the 3rd Street Saints Julius Little, as well as voicing himself in Saints Row IV. He is also heard on the intro of several Ice Cube projects, including Westside Connection's 2003 release Terrorist Threats, Cube's 2008 solo album Raw Footage, Cube's 2010 solo album I Am the West, and he narrated the documentary Beef II, which also featured Ice Cube.[citation needed]

He provides the voice for the UPS "What Can Brown Do for You" commercials. He did the voice of Despero in the two part episode "Hearts and Minds" of Justice League. He has done voice work for early Adult Swim commercials for Inuyasha.[11]

He has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns numerous times, narrating Burns' Jazz, Mark Twain, The War, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali. David won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work in The War and Unforgivable Blackness. He performs the narration duties in the BBC documentary, World War II: Behind Closed Doors.[12]

The 2004 PBS documentary Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land[13] and the 2005 History Channel documentary Crusades: Crescent & the Cross focusing on the medieval Crusades were both narrated by him, as well as the 2003 National Geographic documentary Inside Mecca. He later parodied his documentary work by narrating the 2012 episode of Community, "Pillows and Blankets", a mockumentary revolving around a pillow fight between rival blanket forts.[citation needed]

David has done voice-over work for many other documentaries including several for National Geographic and the documentary Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked for the History Channel. He replaced Paul Winfield as narrator for the A&E show City Confidential, taking over after Winfield's death in 2004. He voiced the trailer for the film Primeval, which was released in the United States on January 12, 2007.

David provided the voice of police detective Alex Cross for the audiobook versions of three novels by James Patterson: Cat and Mouse (1997), Pop Goes the Weasel (1999), and Roses are Red (2000). Other voice roles include Bebe Proud Clone from The Proud Family Movie, Atlas from Teen Titans, the lone renegade male gorilla Tublat in The Legend of Tarzan, and the Decepticon Barricade in Transformers: The Game.

He voiced Apollo the Sun God in Hercules, Council Member in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the Black Cat in Coraline, Sergeant Foley in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog, and the Big Man for The Spectacular Spider-Man episode "Survival of the Fittest".

David in 2010

On May 25, 2008, he narrated Kansas City's Celebration at the Station, a Memorial Day service held annually at the World War I Memorial across from Union Station. During the ceremony, he announced the attendance of Frank W. Buckles, the last living veteran of World War I. He was the voice of Frederick Douglass in the third episode of the PBS documentary God in America: How Religious Liberty Shaped America in 2010.[14]

David returned to the Saints Row series in Saints Row IV, voicing a fictionalized version of himself as well as reprising Julius Little. He is the narrator of the History Channel series The Bible which premiered on March 3, 2013.[15]

David voiced the superhero gorilla Solovar in the two-part Gorilla City episode of The Flash.[16] Keith David also has a recurring role as the President of the United States in the adult animated series Rick and Morty.

David was the narrator of the MLB Network special Mr. Padre, the video biography of San Diego Padres Hall-of-Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn.

David has also narrated several WWE documentaries including The True Story of Wrestlemania and the 20 episodes of The Monday Night War, documenting the battle between WWE Raw and WCW Nitro.

David later recurred in Stargirl as the voice of Mister Bones.

David will be assuming the role of Commander Zavala in the Destiny franchise beginning in Destiny 2: The Final Shape, taking over the role from the late Lance Reddick.[17]

Stage acting[edit]

In 1992, David received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance in Jelly's Last Jam. David received raves for his Shakespeare work on stage in Central Park, New York City. In 1995, he played the lead as Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton in August Wilson's Seven Guitars on Broadway.[18] In 1995, David acted alongside Whitney Houston, Cedric the Entertainer, and Samuel E. Wright in the 1995 Apollo revival of The Wiz. In May 2006, he appeared in the musical Hot Feet on Broadway in New York. David appeared in the 2013 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Theater in Los Angeles. Directed by Phylicia Rashad, he played the part of innkeeper Seth Holly.[19]

His performance in Ebony Repertory Theatre's 2014 Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean[20] was scheduled for March 12, 2014, but was postponed due to a knee injury[21] and opened on Friday, March 21, 2014.

From April 21, 2015, to May 10, 2015, Keith David starred as Dolomite in the off-Broadway play ToasT. The play (produced by Lemon Andersen and co-starred Hill Harper) was set in the Attica Prison around the time of its 1971 prison riot and told of the lives of its prisoners, using poetic prose.[22]

Personal life[edit]

He has married twice. He has one son from his first marriage[23] and two daughters from his second marriage.[24]

When asked in an interview on his narration work of The Bible if he was a religious man, he said: "I'm not a religious man. I'm a man of spirit. Religion can get political. I believe in God and spirit. I believe in church. I've been baptized. I've gone to Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal and Church of God in Christ." In the same interview, he credited his success to God's grace and said his favorite scripture is Psalm 116.[25]

During a live Twitter Q&A in 2017, David listed Dr. Facilier, Spawn, and Goliath as his three favorite voice roles.[26]

In April 2023, David endorsed author and Democratic primary challenger Marianne Williamson for president in the 2024 elections.[27]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Disco Godfather Club Patron Uncredited
1982 The Thing Childs
1986 Platoon King
The Whoopee Boys Washington Square Peddler
1987 Hot Pursuit Alphonso
1988 Braddock: Missing in Action III Embassy Gate Captain
Off Limits Maurice
Stars and Bars Eugene Teagarden
Bird Buster Smith
They Live Frank
1989 Road House Ernie Bass
Always "Powerhouse"
1990 Men at Work Louis Fedders
Marked for Death Max Keller
1992 Final Analysis Detective Huggins
Nails Noah Owens
Article 99 Luther Jermoe
1994 Reality Bites Roger
The Puppet Masters Alex Holland
1995 Clockers Trence "The Giant" Ashley
Dead Presidents Kirby
The Quick and the Dead Sergeant Cantrell
Blue in the Face Jackie Robinson
1996 Loose Women Stylist
The Grave The Priest
Eye for an Eye Martin
Larger than Life Hurst
Never Met Picasso Larry
Johns Homeless John
1997 Volcano Police Lieutenant Ed Fox
Hercules Apollo Voice[28]
Executive Target Lamar
Flipping Leo Richards
1998 Armageddon General Kimsey
There's Something About Mary Charlie
1999 Princess Mononoke Okkoto Voice, English dub[28]
2000 Dark Summer Detective Davis
Pitch Black Abu "Imam" Al-Walid
Requiem for a Dream Big Tim
Where the Heart Is Moses Whitecotten
The Replacements Lindell
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Council Member #1 Voice[28]
Novocaine Detective Lunt
Pretty When You Cry Detective Charles Desett
2002 29 Palms The Sheriff
Barbershop Lester Wallace
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Voxem Voice, English dub
Agent Cody Banks CIA Director
Head of State Bernard Cooper
Hollywood Homicide Captain Leon
The Hard Road Narrator Documentary
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London CIA Director
The Chronicles of Riddick Imam
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Imam Abu Al-Walid Voice, direct-to-video[28]
Crash Lieutenant Dixon
Beef II Narrator Documentary
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Father
Transporter 2 FBI Agent Stappleton
Dirty Captain Spain
2006 The Oh in Ohio Coach Popovitch
Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil MCPO Scott Boytano Direct-to-video
ATL John Garnett
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Dad
Delta Farce Sergeant Kilgore
The Last Sentinel Colonel Norton, Gun Voice 2 Voice[28]
2008 Beautiful Loser Morgan - Adult
First Sunday Judge B. Bennet Galloway
Justice League: The New Frontier The Centre Voice, direct-to-video[28]
Superhero Movie The Chief of Police
My Mom's New Boyfriend FBI Chief Conrad
The Fifth Commandment Max "Coolbreeze" Templeton
No Bad Days Terrence
The Sensei The Minister
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Commander Scott Boytano Direct-to-video
Coraline The Cat Voice[28]
Against the Dark Lieutenant Waters Direct-to-video
Charlie Valentine Sal
Don McKay Otis Kent
The Butcher Larry Cobb
The Princess and the Frog Dr. Facilier Voice[28]
Gamer Agent Keith
All About Steve Corbitt
Pastor Brown Pastor Brown
2010 Death at a Funeral Reverend Davis
Lottery Ticket "Sweet Tee"
Chasing 3000 Officer L.
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Terry Harris
Something Like a Business Sebastian
Chain Letter Detective Jim Crenshaw
Meet Monica Velour Claude
2011 The Inheritance Uncle Melvin Also executive producer
No Saints for Sinners Victor
Spork Coach Jenkins
The Greening of Whitney Brown Clerk
Snowflake, the White Gorilla Anvil Voice, direct-to-video
Hopelessly In June Dalbert Myers
2012 Cloud Atlas Kupaka, Joe Napier, An-kor Apis, Prescient
Smiley Diamond
Highway Mustafa
Don't Pass Me By David Knox
The Last Fall Sydney Bishop
The Undershepherd Brother Wilks
Christmas in Compton Earl "Big Earl"
2013 Assault on Wall Street Freddy
Free Birds Chief Broadbeak Voice[28]
The Frog Kingdom Frog King Voice[28]
Sons of Liberty Nathan Reynolds
H4 Worcester
2014 Field of Lost Shoes Old Judge
Secrets of the Magic City Mr. Daniels
Birds of Paradise Old Buzzard Voice, direct-to-video[28]
2015 Kids vs Monsters Barry
Boiling Pot Agent Long
Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure Don Alfonso Voice, English dub[28]
Union Furnace Pin Stripe
2016 Range 15 Colonel Holloway
The Nice Guys Older Guy
Nina Clifton's Father
Dirty Lies Doc
2017 Savage Dog Valentine
2018 American Dresser Charlie Wild
Tales from the Hood 2 Portifoy Simms Direct-to-video
Night School Gerald Walker
You Might Be the Killer Sheriff James Voice
Love Jacked Ed
Sharon 1.2.3. Tyrone
2019 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Himself Documentary
The Wedding Year Preston
In Search of Darkness Himself Documentary
21 Bridges Deputy Chief Spencer
2020 Horizon Line Wyman
In Search of Darkness: Part II Himself Documentary
Most Guys Are Losers Al
2021 The Seventh Day Father Louis
The Gateway Terry
Black as Night Babineaux
Pups Alone The Wise Bartender
2022 Catwoman: Hunted Tobias Whale Voice, direct-to-video[29]
The Prank Principal Henderson
Unplugging T-Bone
Nope Otis Haywood Sr.
DC League of Super-Pets Dog-El Voice[28]
Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story Ink Williams
2023 A Snowy Day in Oakland Mr. Monroe
American Fiction Willy the Wonker Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2024 Shelby Oaks Morton Post-production[30]
Mufasa: The Lion King Masego Voice; in production
TBA The Gettysburg Address Frederick Douglass Voice, documentary; post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983–1985 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Keith, The Handyman 9 episodes
1988 The Equalizer Cristo Episode: "Sea of Fire"
Ladykillers Abe Television film
Christmas in Tattertown Saxophone, additional characters Voice, television film
1989 A Man Called Hawk Jesse Episode: "Vendetta"
1990 Murder in Black and White Martin Television film
Against the Law Otis Turnbull Episode: "Requiem in B Flat"
1991 3×3 Eyes Mama, additional characters English dub[28]
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles King Oliver Episode: "Mystery of the Blues"
TriBeCa The Reader Episode: "Honor"
The Last Outlaw Lovecraft Television film
American Playhouse Big Willie Episode: "Hallelujah"
There Are No Children Here John Paul Rivers Television film
1994–1995 Aladdin Minos, King Zahbar Voice, 3 episodes
1994–1997 Gargoyles Goliath, Thailog, Officer Morgan Voice, 78 episodes[28]
1995 Fantastic Four Black Panther Voice, episode: "Prey of the Black Panther"
1996 New York Undercover Reverend Harris 2 episodes
Timon & Pumbaa Mr. Pig Voice, episode: "Animal Barn"
1997 Vanishing Point Warren Taft Television film
Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Algric Bartles Television film
Don King: Only in America Jabir Herbert Muhammad Television film
1997–1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Lieutenant Colonel Al Simmons / Spawn Voice, 18 episodes[28]
1998 Hercules Apollo Voice, 2 episodes
The Tiger Woods Story Earl Woods Television film
1999 A.T.F. F.B.I. Director Richard Long Television film
2000 The Outer Limits Captain Ira Merit Episode: "Abaddon"
The Race for the Poles Narrator Voice, documentary
2001 Law & Order John Robertson Episode: "Bronx Cheer"
Semper Fi Gunnery Sergeant Brinkloff Television film
Going to California Paradise Episode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings"
Jazz Narrator Voice, 10 episodes
The Legend of Tarzan Tublat Voice, 3 episodes
House of Mouse Card Soldier Voice, episode: "The Stolen Cartoons"
2001–2002 The Job Lieutenant Williams 9 episodes
2002 Arliss Cecil Pickett Episode: "Standards and Practices"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Matt Phelps Episode: "Random Acts of Violence"
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Agent Mosely Voice, 2 episodes
Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites Narrator Voice, documentary
Justice League Despero Voice, episode: "Hearts and Minds"[28]
Inside Mecca Narrator Voice, documentary
2004 The Big House Clarence Cleveland 5 episodes
Teen Titans Atlas Voice, episode: "Only Human"[28]
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Narrator Voice, documentary
2004–2005 City Confidential Narrator
2005 Grey's Anatomy Lloyd Mackie 2 episodes
Everwood Brian Episode: "Pro Choice"
The Proud Family Movie BeBe Clone Voice, television film[28]
The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross Narrator Voice, documentary
2006–2007 ER Pastor Watkins 5 episodes
7th Heaven Stanley Sunday 4 episodes
2007 The War Narrator Voice, documentary
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Big Man Voice, episode: "Survival of the Fittest"[28]
Canterbury's Law Miles Grant 2 episodes
World War II Behind Closed Doors Narrator Voice, documentary
SIS Joseph Armstrong Television film
Psych Mr. Guster Episode: "Christmas Joy"
2009 Numbers Jeremiah Miller Episode: "Hydra"
2010 Funny or Die Presents Sleeping Celebrity Episode: "Episode Six"
Ken Burns' Baseball: The Tenth Inning Narrator Voice; 2 episodes
2011 The Cape Max Malini 10 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Jimmy Cannon Episode: "Ho'opa'i"
Allen Gregory Carl Trent D'Avis "Cole Train" Voice, 5 episodes[28]
WWE The True Story of WrestleMania Narrator Voice, special
2012 Robot Chicken Various characters Voice, episode: "Hemlock Gin and Juice"
WWE WrestleMania XXVIII Narrator Voice, special
Community Narrator Voice, episode: "Pillows and Blankets"
2012–2017 Adventure Time Flame King, Balthus Voice, 8 episodes[28]
2013 Belle's William "Big Bill" Cooper 6 episodes
Young Justice Mongul Voice, episode: "War"[28]
Touch Dutch Episode: "Ghosts"
The Bible Narrator Voice, 10 episodes
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Voice, episode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"[28]
2014 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Dean 2 episodes
Enlisted Sergeant Major Donald Cody 13 episodes
Scorpion Warden Episode: "Father's Day"
2015 Archer Lemuel Kane Voice, episode: "The Kanes"
Big Time in Hollywood, FL Agent Everett Malloy 6 episodes
Community Elroy Patashnik 12 episodes
Mr. Robot Qwerty Voice, episode: "eps1.3_da3m0ns.mp4"
2015–present Rick and Morty The President / Andre Curtis, Reverse Giraffe Voice, 10 episodes
2015 Extant Nicholas Calderon Episode: "Zugzwang"
Black Jesus Reverend Otis 3 episodes
Uncle Grandpa Santa Claus Voice, episode: "Secret Santa"
2015–2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sal Commander Voice, 3 episodes[28]
2016 Person of Interest Terence Beale Episode: "Truth Be Told"
Kulipari Lord Marmoo Voice, 13 episodes
The 600: The History of NASCAR's Toughest Race Narrator Voice, documentary
2016–2020 Greenleaf Bishop James Greenleaf 60 episodes
2017 Regular Show Streaming Voice, episode: "A Regular Epic Final Battle"[28]
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Crinkly Wrinkly Voice, episode: "Legends of Mr. Gar"[28]
Ben 10 Yawk Voice, episode: "Mayhem in Mascot"[28]
BoJack Horseman Lion Musician Voice, episode: "Hooray! Todd Episode"
Future Man Dr. Kronish 5 episodes
We Bare Bears Barry's Dad Voice, episode: "Icy Nights II"
Speechless Colonel Clements Episode: "B-r-i-- British I-n-v-- Invasion"
Superior Donuts John Episode: "Homeless for the Holidays"
2017–2020 The Flash Solovar Voice, 3 episodes[28]
2017–2018 Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Malcolm Kane Voice, 20 episode[28]
2018–2021 Final Space Bolo Voice, 10 episodes
2018 SpongeBob SquarePants Gary's Collar Voice, episode: "Chatterbox Gary"
New Warriors Ernest Vigman / MODOK Voice, pilot
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Additional Voices 2 episodes
Champaign ILL Lafonso 10 episodes
2018–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Glossaryck Voice, 12 episodes
2019 Avengers Assemble T'Chaka Voice, episode: "Bashenga"[28]
Fresh Off the Boat Clyde Roses Episode: "Grandma's Boys"
Craig of the Creek Narrator Voice, episode: "Craig and the Kid's Table"
2019–2020 The Last Kids on Earth Thrull Voice, 6 episodes[28]
2020 Family Guy Jazz Documentary Narrator Voice, episode: "Short Cuts"
NCIS: New Orleans Gene Holloway 2 episodes
MacGyver Agent Burke Episode: "Father + Son + Father + Matriarch"
Black-ish Loose Craig Episode: "Earl, Interrupted"
JJ Villard's Fairy Tales Lionel Voice, episode: "Rumpelstiltskin"
2020–2022 Amphibia King Andrias Leviathan Voice, 15 episodes[31][28]
2020 Woke Bible Voice, episode: "Prayers for Kubby"
The Good Lord Bird Herbert Episode: "Meet the Lord"
2020–2021 Summer Camp Island Lithophone, Tummy Voice, 2 episodes
2021 Close Enough Campbell's Mug Voice, episode: "Time Hooch/World's Greatest Teacher"
DuckTales Manny the Headless Man-Horse Voice, episode: "The Last Adventure!"[28]
Creepshow Mr. Murdoch Episode: "Pesticide"
Central Park Ward Wittlinger Voice, episode: "Of Course You Realize This Means Ward"
Muhammad Ali Narrator Voice, documentary
Love Life Narrator Voice, 10 episodes
2021–2022 Stargirl Mister Bones Voice, 3 episodes[32]
2022 The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Narrator Voice, episode: "The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse"
Entergalactic Mr. Rager Voice, television special
From Scratch Hershel Wheeler 8 episodes
Leverage: Redemption Billy Spencer Episode: "The Fractured Job"
2022–2023 American Dad! Fire Chief Voice, 2 episodes
2022–2024 Firebuds Manny Kablamee Voice, 3 episodes
2023 The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Clone BeBe Voice, episode: "Us Again"
Chibiverse King Andrias Leviathan Voice, episode: "Chibi Villains Unite"
True Lies Albert "Al" Gibson Sr. Episode: "Independent Dependents"[33]
Justified: City Primeval Judge Alvin Guy Episode: "City Primeval"
Transformers: EarthSpark Grimlock Voice, 5 episodes
My Dad the Bounty Hunter B'Caala Voice, 3 episodes
Pluto Dr. Tenma English dub, 5 episodes
2023–present Krapopolis Asskill Voice, 4 episodes
2024 Hazbin Hotel Husk Voice, main role[34]
Masters of the Universe: Revolution Hordak Voice, 3 episodes
Kite Man: Hell Yeah! Darkseid Voice[35]
TBA Duster Ezra Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Fallout Decker [28]
1998 Disney's Hades Challenge Apollo
1999 Planescape: Torment Vhailor
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lord Vekk
2004 Halo 2 Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee / Thel 'Vadam [28]
2006 Saints Row Julius Little [28]
2007 Transformers: The Game Barricade [28]
Halo 3 Arbiter Thel 'Vadam [28]
Mass Effect David Anderson [28]
2008 Saints Row 2 Julius Little [28]
Dissidia Final Fantasy Chaos [28]
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Sergeant Foley [28]
The Princess and the Frog Dr. Facilier
Coraline Narrator, The Cat [28]
2010 Mass Effect 2 David Anderson [28]
Megamind Psycho Dellic [28]
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Chaos [28]
2012–2013 Mass Effect 3 David Anderson [28]
2013 Marvel Heroes Nick Fury [28]
Saints Row IV Vice President Keith David [28]
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee / Thel 'Vadam
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Arbiter Thel 'Vadam
2019 Darksiders: Genesis Moloch
2020 Mortal Kombat 11 Al Simmons / Spawn [36]
2022 Pocket Mortys The President / Andre Curtis [37]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Al Simmons / Spawn
2024 Destiny 2: The Final Shape Commander Zavala Replaced Lance Reddick[38]

Theme parks[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Dr. Facilier Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Haggadah Performer Original Off-Broadway Production
1980 The Lady from Dubuque Oscar Broadway
1982 Alec Wilder - Clues To A Life Performer Original Off-Off-Broadway Production
1986 The Tale of Madame Zora Original Off-Off-Broadway Production
1986 Romeo and Juliet Capulet Broadway Revivals (performed in repertory)
1986 As You Like It Jaques
1986 Macbeth Macbeth (alternate)
1991 Jelly's Last Jam Performer World Premiere
1992 Jelly's Last Jam Chimney Man Original Broadway Production
1994 Hedda Gabler Judge Brack Broadway Revival
1996 Seven Guitars Floyd Barton Broadway
2006 Hot Feet Victor Original Broadway Production
2013 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Seth Holly Los Angeles Revival
2014 Paul Robeson Paul Robeson Los Angeles
2015 ToasT Dolomite Off-Broadway


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Further reading[edit]

  • Voisin, Scott. Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.

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