(Pictured) Keith David forefront, accompanied by pianist/musical director Byron J. Smith at piano, stars in the Ebony Repertory Theatre production, Paul Robeson
Keith David is clearly one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. So why is it that upon seeing his picture you may find yourself saying, “That’s his name?”
If this is you, you wouldn’t be alone. Though he has hordes of fans around the world, many people I spoke with – this writer included – had no idea that was his name. And when I joined his likeness with his name my response was, “Wow! I love this actor. I didn’t know that was his name.”
David, born Keith David Williams, is a two-time Emmy Award Winner, who has been doing his thing around Hollywood for a l-o-n-g time. He has covered the sphere of entertainment doing voice-overs, films, television series, and cabaret-style performances…and Broadway theatre, yep, he’s done that too…Twice.
Now, he steps onstage in the title role for the Paul Hayes Dean production, Paul Robeson - one of the most acclaimed and enigmatic figures of the 20th century, for a limited engagement run of three additional performances (The original run was to start March 12, but was postponed for one week due to an accident he suffered a few days before the show was set to open).
Here he speaks with EURweb contributing writer and editor of sister-site, EURThisNThat, DeBorah B. Pryor, about his longtime desire to play the role and the challenges in doing so; the public demands of being a celebrity in Hollywood and fan expectations, and provides his take on the question many African American celebrities seem to cringe at when asked: How has being black in Hollywood impacted your career? Continue reading