David Patrick Kelly
David Patrick Kelly
|Born||January 23, 1951|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Detroit (BFA)|
|Spouse(s)||Juliana Francis (2005–present)|
David Patrick Kelly (born January 23, 1951) is an American actor and musician who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is best known for his role as Luther, the main antagonist in the cult film The Warriors (1979). Kelly is also known for his collaborations with Spike Lee, in the films Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), and Chi-Raq (2015), and with David Lynch, appearing in Wild at Heart (1990) as well as Twin Peaks (1990–91) and its 2017 revival.
Kelly's other credits include roles in 48 Hrs. (1982), Commando (1985), The Crow (1994), The Funeral and Last Man Standing (both 1996), The Longest Yard (2005), as President Harry S. Truman in Flags of Our Fathers (2006), and a recurring role in The Blacklist (2015).
Early life and education
Kelly was born in Detroit, Michigan to Margaret Elizabeth (Murphy) and Robert Corby Kelly, an accountant. His father received a Bronze Star Medal for service during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. His grandfather, Daniel Murphy, was from Lisnashearshane, Duhallow, County Cork, Ireland. His great-grand-uncle was Father William Corby, chaplain of the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg. As detailed in Corby's book, Memoir of Chaplain Life: 3 Years With the Irish Brigade, Father Corby eventually became president of the University of Notre Dame.
As an undergraduate student, Kelly wrote the lyrics and music for four musicals produced in Detroit. These four productions were Lysistrata (by Aristophanes), The World from My Window (based on a book of children's poems), a project based on Gulliver's Travels (in the land of horses) and Home for Silent Clowns, a mime show with songs.
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In his debut role of Luther in the 1979 cult film The Warriors, Kelly screeches the famous line, "Warriors...come out to play-ee-ay!!", which he improvised. In the 1982 film 48 Hrs., starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, director Walter Hill rewrote a role for Kelly and again named the character "Luther".
Kelly's film credits include Commando (1985), in which he played Sully, The Crow, Crooklyn, Hammett, Wild at Heart, Dreamscape, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Last Man Standing, Songcatcher, K-PAX, the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, Flags of Our Fathers, John Wick (reprising his role as Charlie in John Wick: Chapter Two), and Chi-Raq. He also appeared in the 1996 video game Ripper.
Kelly's television guest appearances include Twin Peaks, Miami Vice, Moonlighting, Spenser: For Hire, Ghostwriter, Third Watch, Hack, Kidnapped, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Gossip Girl, Louie, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, and Feed the Beast.
He performed in a few Off-Off-Broadway theater productions during the 1970s and 1980s. These included Wilford Leach's C.O.R.F.A.X. (Don't Ask), produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 1975, and Ireneusz Iredyński's An Altar to Himself, as adapted by Michal Kobialka and Liz Diamond and directed by Virlana Tkacz at La MaMa in 1989. He also appeared in the April 1974 production of Mr. Jello, written and directed by George Birimisa, and then performed a song for which he wrote the music from Mr. Jello, at a benefit hosted by La MaMa to honor H.M. Koutoukas, called "For the Benefit of Harry", also in 1974. In 1976, he performed in La MaMa's "Cracker Club Country Fair Gala" in segments from Paul Foster's Silver Queen and Leonard Melfi's Horse Opera.
Kelly has frequently appeared at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, Connecticut, starring in the title roles in Georg Buchner's Woyzeck and Molière's Tartuffe. He also played Iago in Othello and Hoss in Sam Shepard's Tooth Of Crime. At the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he played the title role in Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV and starred in an adaption of the Yuan dynasty classic Snow in June.
He has also appeared in four plays by avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman: Pearls for Pigs, The Mind King, Film Is Evil/Radio Is Good, and The Cure. In 2015, he appeared as Michaud, alongside Keira Knightley, in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Thérèse Raquin in the Studio 54 space.
As a composer and musician, Kelly participated in New York's rock and cabaret scene, playing such legendary venues as Max's Kansas City, Reno Sweeney's, CBGB, and The Lower Manhattan Ocean Club. He also wrote the music for the titular song of George Birimisa's Mr. Jello, which was produced at La MaMa in 1974.
Kelly played Dropshadow in David Lynch's film Wild At Heart, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1990. Kelly sang and played mandolin on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for the musical Once. He received a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance in Tartuffe at Hartford Stage, and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Nathan Louis Jackson's When I Come To Die at LCT3 in Manhattan. In 1998, Kelly received an Obie Award for sustained excellence for his theater work in classics, new plays, and the avant-garde.
|1984||Dreamscape||Tommy Ray Glatman|
|1987||The Misfit Brigade||The Legionnaire|
|1988||Cheap Shots||Arnold Posner|
|1989||Penn & Teller Get Killed||The Fan|
|1990||Wild at Heart||Dropshadow|
|1990||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Sam|
|1992||Malcolm X||Mr. Ostrowski|
|1993||Exterior Night||Biff||short film|
|1994||Crooklyn||Tony Eyes / Jim|
|1995||Heavy||Grey Man in the Hospital|
|1995||Cafe Society||J. Roland Sala|
|1996||Flirting with Disaster||Fritz Boudreau|
|1996||The Funeral||Michael Stein|
|1996||Last Man Standing||Doyle|
|1999||In Too Deep||Rick Scott|
|2002||Personal Velocity: Three Portraits||Peter|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Unger|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||President Harry S. Truman|
|2007||Gardener of Eden||Pa Harris|
|2015||Chi-Raq||General King Kong|
|2016||To Keep the Light||Brackett|
|2017||John Wick: Chapter 2||Charlie|
|1979||Sanctuary of Fear||audience member||Television film|
|1982||American Playhouse||copyboy||Episode: "Working"|
|1984||Tales from the Darkside||Richard Hall||Episode: "Slippage"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Jerry||Episode: "The Home Invaders"|
|1985||Moonlighting||McBride||Episode: "Somewhere Under the Rainbow"|
|1985||Our Family Honor||Terry Jurow||Episode: "The Casino"|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Kevin Harley / Ned Lloyd||2 episodes|
|1988||ABC Afterschool Special||unknown character||Episode: "Date Rape"|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Langley||Episode: "B-Men"|
|1990–1991||Twin Peaks||Jerry Horne||9 episodes|
|1998||Mad About You||Cabbie with Chicken||Episode: "Season Opener"|
|2002||Hack||Eddie O'Daniel||Episode: "Favors"|
|2005||Third Watch||Danny McGowan||Episode: "Forever Blue"|
|2008||Law & Order||Josh Perlberg||Episode: "Political Animal"|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Bo Levy||Episode: "Reunion"|
|2008–2011||Gossip Girl||Noah Shapiro||3 episodes|
|2010||Madso's War||Danny Driscoll||Television film|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Orville Underwood||Episode: "Possessed"|
|2011||Bored to Death||Jerry||Episode: "Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away"|
|2015||Blue Bloods||Donald Berry||Episode: "Bad Company"|
|2015||The Blacklist||Heinrich Gerst||4 episodes|
|2016||Feed the Beast||Ziggy Woichik||8 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Jerry Horne||7 episodes|
|2018||Succession||Paul Chambers||Episode: "Which Side Are You On?"|
- Weddings: Margaret Elizabeth Murphy and Robert Corby Kelly, The New York Times. Accessed December 22, 2017.
- GrossePointeNews.com; accessed December 22, 2017.
- "Past Presidents/University of Notre Dame". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
- "Luther from 'The Warriors' plays the dad in the Broadway musical Once. Entertainment Weekly. March 17, 2012.
- "Juliana Francis and David Kelly". The New York Times. August 14, 2005.
- Biography for David Patrick Kelly on IMDb .
- David Patrick Kelly on IMDb
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: C.O.R.F.A.X. (Don't Ask) (1975)". Accessed July 18, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: An Altar to Himself (1989)". Accessed July 18, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Program and flyer: "Mr. Jello" (1974)". Retrieved October 17, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Special Event: 'For the Benefit of Harry' (1974)". Accessed July 18, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Special Event: 'Cracker Club Country Fair Gala' (1976)". Accessed July 18, 2018.
- David Patrick Kelly at the Internet Broadway Database .
- McGrath, Sean (January 3, 1998). "Fourteen Years of "Mind Attacks" With David Patrick Kelly". Playbill.
- Theater listings compiled by Ruth Gilbert (January 6, 1992). New York, p. 74.
- Thérèse Raquin. Roundabouttheatre.org. Accessed December 22, 2017.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Mr. Jello (1974)". Accessed July 18, 2018.