July 18, 2011

Voice Actor - Keith David

Although known for his roles in films and TV, he remains in great demand for vocal work because of his deep, resonant voice. He is known most notably as the voice behind Goliath from Gargoyles and the title character in the Spawn animated series. In the English dub of Princess Mononoke, David played the narrator and Okkoto, and the first season of the Justice League animated series.

In other voice work; David 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 played the role of Captain David Anderson in BioWare's Mass Effect. David also did voice work in the Xbox 360 title Saint's Row playing gang leader Julius.

Additionally, he has also provides the voice for the UPS "What can Brown do for you" commercials. He has also done voice work for early "Adult Swim" commercials for "Inuyasha". [3]

He has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns several times, narrating Burns's Jazz, Mark Twain, The War, and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. David won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work in the latter two films. He also performs the narration duties in the BBC documentary, World War II: Behind Closed Doors.[4]

David is popular in advertising, particularly in United States Navy recruitment commercials. He 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 popular A&E show City Confidential, taking over after Winfield's death in 2004. He voiced the trailer for the movie Primeval, which was released in the U.S. on January 12, 2007.

Additionally, 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 the Teen Titans animated series, the lone renegade male gorilla "Tublat" in The Legend of Tarzan, and the Decepticon Barricade in Transformers: The Game.

Recently, David did the voices of the Black Cat in Coraline, Sgt. Foley in Modern Warfare 2, and Doctor Facilier in The Princess and the Frog. David voiced Tombstone (comics) from only one episode from The Spectacular Spider-Man, Survival of the Fittest.

Here's his credit list:

3x3 Eyes (1991, Anime Series) Mama
Aladdin (1994, Animated Series) King Zahbar
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, The (2004, Animated Film (Direct-To-DVD)) Abu 'Imam' al-Walid
Coraline (2009, Stop-Motion Animated Film) The Cat
Disney's House of Mouse (2001, Animated Series) Mufasa
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008, Video Game) Chaos
Fantastic Four, The (1994, Animated Series) Black Panther / T'Challa
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001, Computer Animated Film) Council Member #1
Gargoyles (1994, Animated Series) Goliath
Officer Morgan
Halo 2 (2004, Video Game) Arbiter
Halo 3 (2007, Video Game) Arbiter
Hercules (1997, Animated Film) Apollo
Hercules (1998, Animated Series) Apollo
Horatio's Drive (2003, Documentary) Narrator
Jazz (2001, Documentary) Narrator
Justice League (2001, Animated Series) Despero
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008, Animated Film (Direct-To-DVD)) Centre
Kaena: The Prophecy (2004, Computer Animated Film) Voxem
Legend of Tarzan, The (2001, Animated Series) Tublat
Lords of EverQuest (2003, Video Game) Lord Vekk
Mass Effect (2007, Video Game) Captain David Anderson
Mass Effect 2 (2010, Video Game) Captain David Anderson
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999, Documentary Miniseries) Frederick Douglass
Princess and the Frog, The (2009, Animated Film) Dr. Facilier
Princess Mononoke (1997, Anime Film) Narrator
Proud Family Movie, The (2005, Animated TV Film) Bebe Proud Clone
Saints Row (2005, Video Game) Julius Little
Saints Row 2 (2007, Video Game) Julius
Spectacular Spider-Man, The (2008, Animated Series) Tombstone / Lonnie Lincoln
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003, Animated Series) FBI Agent Mosely
Tales from the Crypt (2000, Internet Radio Series) Dr. Egbert Fleagle
Teen Titans (2003, Animated Series) Atlas
Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997, Animated Series) Spawn
Transformers: The Game (2007, Video Game) Barricade
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004, Documentary) Narrator
War, The (2007, Documentary) Narrator

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