David Patrick Kelly
|David Patrick Kelly|
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 perhaps 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).
His father was a Bronze Star recipient 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 and, as detailed in his book, Memoir of a Chaplain Life: 3 Years With the Irish Brigade, Father Corby eventually became president of the University of Notre Dame.
Kelly was given a mandolin on St. Patrick's Day 1964 by his mother and considers that the greatest influence on his artistic life.
As an undergraduate, Kelly wrote the lyrics and music for four musicals produced on Detroit stages. They were Lysistrata (from 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 himself improvised. In the hit 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 (a Green Beret-turned-mercenary), The Crow, as well as 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 pioneering video game Ripper.
David Lynch created the character of Jerry Horne on Twin Peaks specifically for Kelly; his many television guest appearances include 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.
Kelly frequently appeared at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, Connecticut, starring in the title roles in Woyzeck and Tartuffe, playing 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 Pirandello's Enrico IV and starred in an adaption of the Yuan dynasty Chinese classic Snow in June. He appeared in four plays by avant-garde master Richard Foreman: Pearls for Pigs, The Mind King, Film Is Evil/Radio Is Good, and The Cure.
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. In May 2008, he released a CD of his original music titled David Patrick Kelly: Rip Van Boy Man, which contained new songs and live recordings from his club days in 1975.
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 Broadway musical Once. He received a Connecticut Critcs Circle Award for his performance in Tartuffe at Hartford Stage. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Nathan Louis Jackson"s When I Come To Die at LCT3. 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|
- 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
- David Patrick Kelly at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Fourteen Years of "Mind Attacks" With David Patrick Kelly" by Sean McGrath, Playbill, January 3, 1998
- Theater Listings, compiled by Ruth Gilbert, p. 74, New York, January 6, 1992
- Thérèse Raquin, roundabouttheatre.org; accessed December 22, 2017.