Keith David is a classically trained actor best known for his outstanding roles in the Academy award-winning films Crash and Platoon and widely recognized for appearing in highly-acclaimed films The Thing, Men at Work, They Live, There’s Something About Mary, Requiem for a Dream, and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The renowned actor and lover of the arts has continuously worked towards his unparalleled career in all aspects of the industry, including film, television, theater, voiceovers, and narration. The three-time Emmy award-winning, six-time Emmy-nominated, and Tony-nominated actor has starred in hit television series which include Future Man, Community, ER, Enlisted, and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, to name a few, as well as starring on Broadway in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Hot Feet, and Jelly’s Last Jam for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Currently, Keith is starring in OWN’s dramatic series “Greenleaf,” now in its third season, as ‘Bishop James Greenleaf’, the charismatic and God-fearing leader of the Calvary Fellowship and the patriarch of the family. The series follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family, their scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. Over the past two years, the series has been praised for its push and pull dynamic, its hypocrisy, and its compelling characters. Keith's stellar performance is best stated by The Hollywood Reporter, “... Keith David ...is perfectly cast as Bishop Greenleaf. Whether he's playing to the congregation at the altar or getting conspiratorial in a smaller venue, this is an unusually great and meaty role for David.” On the big screen, Keith recently appeared in the motorcycle road movie American Dresser alongside former Platoon castmate Tom Berenger and in the hit comedy feature film Night School with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in which he plays the role of Kevin Hart’s father ‘Gerald.’ Keith also recently starred in Tales from the Hood 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking original horror film by Spike Lee, which was released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand in October 2018.
Keith’s work as a voice actor has made him a household name. His rich and powerful voice has been featured in national commercials, award shows, documentaries, video games, and animation. His work in narration has earned him three Emmy’s for Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson, The War, and Unforgivable Blackness – The Jack Johnson Story. Some of his other voice acting credits include countless fan favorites such as Adventure Time, Bojack Horseman, Rick & Morty, Spawn, and Gargoyles. Keith has lent his voice to many video game titles including the Halo series (games 2,3, and 5), the Saint’s Row series (games 1, 2, and 4), as well as the Mass Effect series (games 1,2, and 3).
Born and raised in New York by his parents Lester and Dolores, Keith became interested in the arts at a very young age. After appearing in his school’s production of The Wizard of Oz, he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He enrolled in New York's High School of the Performing Arts and continued his studies at The Juilliard School. After graduation, he was immediately hired by Joseph Papp as an understudy for the role of Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." His work with Mr. Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival launched his incredible career.
In addition to his versatile acting and voiceover work, Keith is also a remarkable singer and will be touring this fall and winter in two musical tributes, Too Marvelous for Words,” a tribute to the legendary singer Nat King Cole, and a tribute to Joe Williams, “BNY Mellon Jazz presents: Celebrating Joe Williams Centennial starring Keith David.”
Keith's latest feature film work is "17 Bridges" working alongside Chadwick Boseman and JK Simmons.
Keith David - "Joseph"
As an actor, Maria Howell has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime's, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry's, "Devious Maids". Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius", starring X-Files' David Duchovny, both on NBC, and MTV’s, "Finding Carter”. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, "The Good Lie", “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (as “Seeder”) and "Christmas Wedding Baby", (as Miranda) by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also co-stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore's "The Next Day" () and "Sons 2 The Grave", a film directed by famed actor, Mykelti Williamson - best known as "Bubba" in "Forest Gump". In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV's, "Saints & Sinners" as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated, “Hidden Figures”, with a most recent appearance on CBS’s “Criminal Minds”.
A song stylist in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl
Klugh. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years…2002 to its closing in December 2010. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta location. Since then, she makes recurring appearances at well known jazz/supper clubs and festivals across the U.S.
As a voice artist, Maria lends her voice to numerous TV and radio commercials, animation, video games, and audiobook narrations.
Maria is not only an actor and singer, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 5 years, and Co-chair of its annual holiday benefit concert, which features her brainchild musical concept, “Girls in Gowns”.
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Maria Howell - "Sara"
Myron Parker Wright is an Atlanta-born actor, singer, and pianist who’s been doing all three for nearly all his life. He started playing piano by taking lessons at his church from the age of 8 and picked up singing soon after. He’s always done plays in school and other out-of-school programs, but started acting professionally after working on “The Three Stooges”(2012). Other credits he has include the guest starring role of Miles in the PBS civil war drama “Mercy Street” (2016-2017), the recurring role of Malik in the third season of “Queen Sugar” (2016- ), and is scheduled to play the role of Richard in the 2019 Netflix film “The Laundromat” starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas.
Myron Parker Wright - "Elijah"
Aspen Kennedy has been professionally working in film and television since his senior year at Jackson State University (Communications, B.S. 2017). In addition to the anticipated release of Bewildered, his filmography includes Queen Sugar (OWN), Valor (CW/Netflix), Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger (Freeform/Hulu) and other theatrical features that will release in 2019.
Next year he will debut in his first lead role in a feature-film based on a true story, Rightful. Between sets, he is always sharpening his craft. He is currently a student of Sara Mornell at Mornell Studios.
Aside from Aspen’s remarkable debut on a variety of sets as an actor, he continues to embody his profound passion — to be led by his faith and to continually allow God’s light to shine through him.