David de Keyser

David de Keyser (born 1927 in London) is a British actor. He is the father of Alexei de Keyser, Pia de Keyser and Thomas de Keyser.

In the mid-sixties de Keyser worked twice with the writer, actor and director Jane Arden. Their first collaboration, The Logic Game, was the first BBC drama to be shot on film; it was directed by Philip Saville and broadcast in January 1965. They acted together again in another Jane Arden script in the film Separation (Jack Bond 1968) which was set in London and featured music by Procol Harum, Matthew Fisher and Stanley Myers. The themes of both pieces were marital strife and disintegrating relationships.

De Keyser has also worked on four occasions for the British director John Boorman, twice on screen in Catch Us If You Can (1965) and Leo the Last (1970), and on two further occasions Boorman has used de Keyser's rich, distinctive voice, firstly as the Voice of the Tabernacle in Zardoz (1974), and in 1981 as the Voice of the Grail in Excalibur.

He starred in the BBC Radio 4 comedy The Attractive Young Rabbi with Tracy-Ann Oberman. He also made an appearance in the UK TV series The Professionals (TV series), in the episode entitled 'Servant of Two Masters'. He has also been a prolific voiceover on television advertisements in the UK.

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