Obscure Black C-List Actors: Keith David
Along the lines of things that no one needs to hear, my body has become a little more “womanly” in recent weeks and so I have been getting all kinds of extra leers from greasy dirty old men. It’s pretty unfair, but Keith David is the black c-list actor that I think of when I think of dirty old black men. He’s not particularly old or particularly dirty, but there is something about him that makes it impossible to trust him in most of his roles. For those of you who are real freaks, you may remember him as a plumber on Mr. Rogers waaay back in the day – for some reason I got it into my head that he eats people so he scared me as a child. There’s a sneer to his face and a crust to his mouth that just makes him sinister. I remember him best as the nasty black dude who pimped out Jennifer Connolly in Requiem for a Dream and as Cameron Diaz’s father in There’s Something About Mary (he helped deal with Ben Stiller’s unfortunate “franks and beans” situation). Other than that he often plays a no-nonsense coach, cop, or pastor who likes to sneer at people. David, like many c-listers, is actually a very accomplished Broadway actor and has done extensive voice-over work including dozens of video games, cartoons, and nature specials. And before you ask, although they both have that Negroid look, no he is not related to Bokeem Woodbine.