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David Patrick Kelly is an American actor who came to limelight after playing the lead role as Luther in the crime action thriller, The Warriors. He is also known to have starred in other notable films such as Malcolm X, Wild at Heart and Chi-Raq. The actor has also done a great job on television and is most revered for his roles in TV series such as Twin Peaks, The Blacklist, and Last Man Standing, among others.

Asides being an actor, David is also renowned as a music composer, excellent guitarist, and musician. He has also tried his hands in Karate and is a certified Martial Artist; his success in this field earned him his two black belts in Karate. Learn more about him below.

Who Is David Patrick Kelly?

The renowned actor cum musician David Patrick Kelly was born on the 23rd of January, 1951 under the sun sign of Aquarius and his place of birth is known to be Detroit Michigan, United States.

David is not just an established actor and musician but he is also academically sound. After completing his High School education in Detroit, his love for the performing arts made him pursue a career in the field of Arts and subsequently graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts.

In 1979, David became active in the movie industry with the popular award-winning movie The Warriors – which shot him to limelight after he took on the lead role of Luther. From then on, he has continued to thrive and flourish in this field and today, he has recorded several credits to his name.

Prior to the inception of his acting career, it is worth knowing that the actor had been a stage actor and had performed in a few theatre productions during the ’70s and ’80s. He can be seen in the play For The Benefit of Harry in 1973 and C.O.R.F.A.X (Don’t Ask) in 1975, among several others.

As stated earlier, the established actor is also a performer, a composer, and a musician. He wrote the title soundtrack for Mr. Jello directed by George Birimisa and David had a swell time playing in several nightclubs in New York. In 2008, he dropped his CD title “David Patrick Kelly: Rip Van Boy Man” which was a blend of his new tracks that he composed personally and songs he recorded during his days of clubbing back in 1975.


The veteran entertainer is known to have played Dropshadow in the 1990 film Wild At Heart that won the Palme d’Or award. The award-winning film was directed by the renowned filmmaker David Lynch. The actor was also opportune to sing and play the mandolin in the musical titled Once. For his performance, he clinched a Grammy Award for best soundtrack.

David Patrick Kelly was honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle for his performance in the play Tartuffe shown at Hartford Stage. He earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his brilliant portrayal of his character in the play When I Come To Die which was shown at the LCT3 Theatre in Manhattan. The actor further received an Obie Award for his outstanding contribution to stage acting in 1998.

Family: Siblings, Wife, and Children

Though much information is not available about his family, we already know that he is the son of Robert Corby Kelly Snr. and his wife, Magaret Elizabeth Kelly. His father was an Accountant and the president of the University of Notre Dame, while the occupation of his mom is not known.

David Patrick Kelly isn’t the only child of his parents, he has six other siblings; two brothers – Robert Corby Kelly Jnr. and John F. Kelly, as well as four sisters – Susan Kelly, Margaret Kelly, Kathleen Kelly, and Maureen Kelly.

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David with his wife, Juliana Kelly

Sources revealed that actor and musician tied the knot with a theatre actress and writer – Juliana Francis Kelly. Their wedding took place on the 14th of August 2005 at St. Mark’s Church, Bromley in Manhattan. The couple has been living happily together for over a decade. They have a daughter named Margarethe Jane Kelly who was born in 2008.

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Net Worth

Although the accurate figures David Patrick Kelly earned as salary has not been made public, sources have it that the veteran musical performer and established actor sits at a net worth estimated to be well over $800,000. He made his wealth from his successful acting and music careers.


David is not on the tall side as he stands at a height of 5 ft 6 inches which is about 1.68 m. His bodybuild is described as average and he has notable blonde hair.

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