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David Keith (1954)

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David Lemuel Keith is an American actor and director. He received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and New Star of the Year – Actor for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman.


Keith had an early supporting role in the prison film Brubaker. He had a supporting role in The Rose, starring Bette Midler, and later co-starred with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman. Keith played a local thug in The Great Santini, starred in The Lords of Discipline and White of the Eye, and held a prominent supporting role in U-571 opposite Matthew McConaughey. He played opposite child-star Drew Barrymore in the 1984 hit Firestarter and Brooke Shields in 1992's Running Wild.

Keith played Elvis Presley in the 1988 film Heartbreak Hotel. He directed The Curse and The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck . He appeared in the 1995 film The Indian in the Cupboard as the cowboy "Boo-Hoo" Boone. He played the leading role of Nate Springfield in the 2003 film Hangman's Curse. He also co-starred in The Class, an American sitcom, as Yonk Allen, a retired professional football player. Other roles include parts in Daredevil and the 2002 television film Carrie. He appeared in the 2004 film Raise Your Voice starring Hilary Duff, and the 2006 film Expiration Date.

He has appeared on many television shows, including NCIS, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami High Incident and Hawaii Five-0. In 2010, Keith co-starred as Robert Allen father of John Allen in the short lived TV drama Lone Star.

 personal life
Keith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Hilda Earle, a worker for the Knox County Board of Education, and Lemuel Grady Keith, Jr., a personnel division worker for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is of Scottish ancestry.

Keith was a National Advisory Board member and spokesperson for PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children. Keith was present during the sentencing phase for John Couey, who was convicted by a jury of his peers for kidnapping, raping, and murdering Jessica Lunsford. Keith said that he was planning on going to Washington D.C. with Mark Lunsford after the sentencing, to lobby Congress for more support of child sexual predator laws. Keith gave an interview with Tampa Bay ABC affiliate WFTS-TV and was quoted saying this:One of the great things I said about Mark is he wants justice and he wants closure in this, he wants justice for his daughter. But what he really wants is to protect children and if we can get child molesters in jail, that's the way you protect children!

Keith married Nancy Clark, a realtor, in 2000 and the couple resides in Knoxville, TN.

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