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About Keith

Keith Powell was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven seasons, where he received the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Comedy Ensemble.

He has had recurring roles on About A Boy and The Newsroom as well as appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the ABC pilot Judy's Got A Gun, Reno 911!, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Feature films include The Way We Weren't, Syrup, and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian as well as extensive work in the theater as both an actor and director.

In addition, he is the writer/producer/director of the animated pilot Nate & Abe (starring Rachel Dratch, David Wain, Alyssa Milano, and Robert Ben Garant), writer/director/star of the short film People We Meet (co-starring Frederick Weller and Scott Adsit), and recently produced/co-wrote/starred in the feature film My Name Is David (co-starring Judy Reyes and Adepero Oduye).


  • Lying and Stealing

    Lying and Stealing (2019)
    Film Actor

  • The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?

    The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? (2019)
    TV Series Actor

  • The Way We Weren't

    The Way We Weren't (2018)
    Film Actor

  • Cape Kids

    Cape Kids (2018)
    TV Series Actor

  • Superstore

    Superstore (2018)
    TV Series Director

  • Odd Squad: The Movie

    Odd Squad: The Movie (2016)
    Film Actor

  • Deadbeat

    Deadbeat (2016)
    TV Series Actor

  • Keith Broke His Leg

    Keith Broke His Leg (2015)
    Television (Comedy) Writer After an accident strips him of his ability to walk without aid, Keith is forced to see the world in a new way when his wife, his friends, and especially his agent don't make life easy for the incapacitated.

  • About a Boy

    About a Boy (2014 - 2015)
    Television by Jason Katims (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Will Freeman lives a charmed existence. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona, a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus, move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house, play ping-pong and gorge on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others. Written by NBC Television

  • Self Promotion

    Self Promotion (2015)
    TV Movie by Zach Braff (Comedy) Actor A executive's assistant takes over for her boss after she is mysteriously never heard from again.

  • These People

    These People (2015)
    Television (Comedy) Actor Comedic webseries about a family trying to find help for their insane little brother, Simon. In the meantime, they run afoul of a con man, get into a shaving contest, and tear open a good deal of family wounds.

  • My Name Is David

    My Name Is David (2015)
    Film by Chris Gallego Wong (Drama) Actor After finding an abandoned baby on a subway train, workaholic and prescription drug-addict David Howard decides he can raise the child on his own in the hopes that he might achieve the life he has always wanted.

  • The Newsroom

    The Newsroom (2014)
    Television by Aaron Sorkin (Drama) Actor A news team attempts to create a news show that reports the news in an ethical and reasonable way. They take real, newsworthy events from our world as they're happening (such as bin Laden's assassination, NSA spying, etc) and report on them as if they were an actual news station that followed rational and moral guidelines, in a biting criticism of our popular press and a clever blurring of art and reality. Written by Guy T

  • People We Meet

    People We Meet (2014)
    Film by Keith Powell (Short, Comedy and Drama) Actor On the day he is laid off from his job, Perry gets a call from his adoptive mother who wants to have a family meeting to discuss a sudden change in her life.

  • Syrup

    Syrup (2013)
    Film by Aram Rappaport (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. Based on Max Barry's novel.

  • 30 Rock

    30 Rock (2006 - 2013)
    Television by Tina Fey (Comedy) Actor Elizabeth "Liz" Lemon is the executive show runner for a late night sketch comedy show called "The Girlie Show", that stars her close friend and major drama queen Jenna Maroney. When GE hires a new executive vice president for NBC named Jack Donaghy, he decides to take Liz Lemon under his wing and turn around TGS, which for years has been unable to find the proper audience it deserves. So to do so, he brings on unhinged, wildly unpredictable star Tracy Jordan to turn the series into a ratings hit. But Liz soon finds out that controlling her odd ball writing staff, the NBC page program, keeping Tracy on a short leash, and getting him to get along with Jenna proves to be one disaster after another. Will TGS ever see true success? And will Liz find the right partner to get married and start a family? Written by halo1k

  • Nate & Abe

    Nate & Abe (2012)
    Film by Keith Powell (Animation, Short and Comedy) Writer Best friends Nate and Abe are high school freshmen who are desperate to 'branch out' from the insular world they've known their entire lives and explore their differences. But when the road to diversity is paved with perverted principals, racist parents, Mandingo porn, gay bullies, and obnoxiously large-breasted cheerleaders, Nate and Abe begin to realize that the bond that connects them is greater than the ones that divide them. Written by Anonymous

  • NCIS: Los Angeles

    NCIS: Los Angeles (2012)
    Television by Shane Brennan (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actor The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

  • Split

    Split (2010)
    Film by Jamie Buckner (Short, Comedy, Romance and Sport) Actor As her 30th birthday looms, an over-achieving woman with a thing for bowlers decides she must meet and marry the man of her dreams in just under a month.

  • Armless

    Armless (2010)
    Film by Habib Azar (Comedy) Actor In this off-kilter comedy, a woman comes to terms with her husband's strange secret: a compulsive desire to cut off his arms.

  • Reno 911!

    Reno 911! (2009)
    Television by Thomas Lennon (Comedy and Crime) Actor The lives of seven incompetent Reno sheriff's deputies are detailed in this "Cops" style parody. Among the colorful characters are Lt. Jim Dangle, the short shorts-wearing, flamboyantly gay supervisor; Deputy James Garcia, who makes police brutality an art form; Deputy Trudy Wiegel, the manic depressive, socially awkward officer; Deputy Clementine Johnson, the skanky former magician's assistant; Deputy Travis Junior, the redneck who is never seen without his kevlar vest and sunglasses; Deputy S. Jones, the semi-competent ladies' man; and Deputy Raineesha Williams, the bootylicious black cop with an attitude. Written by Gibborino

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
    Film by Shawn Levy (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Actor Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!

  • Keith Powell Directs a Play

    Keith Powell Directs a Play (2008 - 2009)
    Television (Comedy) Actor

  • Judy's Got a Gun

    Judy's Got a Gun (2007)
    TV Movie by Sheree Folkson (Drama) Actor A single mom works as a detective solving unusual crimes in the suburbs.

  • Modern Love

    Modern Love (2006)
    Film by Alex Frayne (Horror and Mystery) Actor JOHN, his wife EMILY, and their small son EDWARD leave the city for what they believe will be a brief foray to the countryside to claim John's inheritance - a small shack. They find themselves in a strange back-woods rural setting. Nothing is what it seems, and JOHN's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre as he crosses paths with the unusual inhabitants of the area, some of whom he knows from a distant past. As his connections to the area are gradually revealed, we are shown a puzzle and a tapestry of our hero and his life before he moved away. To his wife's horror we witness a man who belongs to a long lineage of disaster and mishap and rural weirdness. As the realization sets in of what has happened, the specter of the next-in-line, his son EDWARD, becomes spookily evident. Written by Dieter Muller

  • Law & Order

    Law & Order (2005)
    Television by Dick Wolf (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actor The show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. Written by Mike Menditto

  • Jargon

    Jargon (2004)
    Film by Patrick Flynn (Short and Comedy) Actor Our Hero (Powell) awakes one morning to discover the whole world is speaking its mind to him.

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2003)
    Television by Dick Wolf (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actor This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York. It also puts a new twist to the "Law & Order" formula: now, in each episode, we see the crimes as they are planned and committed. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog (2002)
    Film by Patrick Flynn (Comedy and Short) Actor In this mockumentary, student filmmaker Alan Henry attempts to make a film starring the Bud Ice penguin.

  • Truck'd Up

    Truck'd Up
    TV Movi Actor

  • Sophie's Quinceañera

    Sophie's Quinceañera


  • Screen Actors Guild Award - Best Ensemble

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