Born on May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee, actor and director David Keith is of Scots-Irish ancestry. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater, before pursuing his career in acting. He’s done plenty in the industry so far, starting out with a small role in Happy Days. He followed this up by playing Tuck in Co-Ed Fever. Earlier film appearances of his include those in the prison film Brubaker, as well as the Bette Middler-starrer The Rose. He also co-starred with Richard Gere on An Officer and a Gentleman.
During the 1990s, David Keith was known for his roles on the series Flesh ‘n’ Blood and the film Running Wild. He was seen on several episodes of High Incident as well, playing the character Corporal Jim Marsh. In 2000, he was cast as Maj. Matthew Coonan on U-571 alongside Matthew McConaughey. Later, he was seen on films like Daredevil and Behind Enemy Lines. On the small screen, he got roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as on Still Life. From 2006 to 2007, the actor was recognized for his role as pro-footballer Yonk Allen on the sitcom The Class. Other notable performances of his during that decade are those in Expiration Date and Raise Your Voice. After a roles on CSI: Miami and the movie Unrequited, it was announced that he would be portraying the character John Allen on the FOX crime drama Lonestar in 2010.
While David Keith has had plenty of experience acting, his directorial skills are admirable as well. He’s worked on The Curse in 1987, and on The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck the next year. He was also responsible for 2003’s Waterville. Aside from those, the actor is also known for being the National Advisory Board member and spokesperson for PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children.