David Patrick Kelly (Actor) - The Warriors
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Updated: 8/28/20

Name: David Patrick Kelly

Born: January 23, 1951, Detroit, Michigan

Claim To Fame: He is best known for his role as Luther in the cult 1979 film The Warriors and T-Bird in the 1994 film The Crow.

Family Life: Kelly married theater actress and writer Juliana Francis on August 14, 2005.

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Info: Kelly has had an extensive career in film, television and stage. Other than playing characters named Luther in both The Warriors and the 1982 film 48 Hrs., Kelly has appeared in Commando, Crooklyn, Hammett, Wild At Heart, Dreamscape, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Last Man Standing, Songcatcher, K-PAX, the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, and Flags Of Our Fathers.

On television he is noted for having the character of Jerry Horne on Twin Peaks created specifically for Kelly by David Lynch.

He has made appearances on other hit shows such as Miami Vice, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Gossip Girl and Louie. Kelly also participated in the PBS production of the musical version of Working, which Studs Terkel, author of the source book, hosted.

On Broadway, he has 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.

He has also played the title role in Pirandello's Enrico IV and starred in an adaption of the Yuan Dynasty Chinese classic Snow In June at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Trivia: Is of Irish descent.

His father was a Bronze Star recipient for service during the Battle Of The Bulge in World War II.

Kelly graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit and was also a student of Marcel Marceau and Mira Rostova.

is a skilled mandolin and guitar player and appears accompanying himself in Spike Lee's Crooklyn (1994) singing a song he improvised for the film and on the CDs for two Broadway shows, "Twelfth Night" and "Working".

Is a vegetarian.

Sang and played mandolin on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack for the Broadway musical "'"Once'"".

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Where Are They Now: On Broadway, Kelly originated the role of Da in "'Once'" which was awarded the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical. He appears in the 2014 action movie John Wick.

Kelly is also a composer and musician who has participated in New York's rock and cabaret scene. He has played at such 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.

Write To David Patrick Kelly:
Richard Schmenner
360 Park Avenue South, 16th floor
New York, New York 10010


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