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Keith Powell
Starring Cast Member
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active: 2002-present
Occupation: Actor
Show Information
Portrays: Richard
First appearance: "About a Poker Night"

Keith Powell[ is an American television actor who is known for his role as James "Toofer" Spurlock on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.


Powell was the Producing Artistic Director of Contemporary Stage Company, a summer theater in Wilmington, Delaware. He has produced/starred in/directed shows with Lynn Redgrave, Jasmine Guy, Keith David, Richard Easton, Duncan Sheik, and Sean Patrick Thomas. Producing credits include New York productions of The Mouse That Roared, Enter Pissarro, Indra & Agni Collide and a workshop of Kidding Jane with Ellen McLaughlin and William Charles Mitchell. Powell was the resident director for Equalogy, a professional touring company promoting social change, for which he directed two plays by August Schulenberg, Four Hearts Changing and One Night. His other directing credits include Dutchman, Quality of Silence, The Visit and Enter Pissarro. As an actor, Powell has appeared in numerous national network commercials. His theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet (The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C. ), Kidding Jane (Portland Stage Company), Macbeth (Pittsburgh Public Theater), As Bees in Honey Drown (Hangar Theater, Ithaca, NY), and The French (HB Playwrights Foundation, NYC) among others.

In the spring of 2007, while working as a recurring character on 30 Rock, he shot an ABC pilot called Judy's Got A Gun. It was subsequently not picked up for the Fall 2007 season, and Powell returned to 30 Rock, where he was promoted to a series regular.

In October 2008, Powell launched and starred in a self-funded web series called Keith Powell Directs a Play chronicling Powell’s foray into directing Uncle Vanya at a fictional repertory theatre group.[1]

In 2009, Powell was a guest commentator on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, and also played a Tuskegee Airman in the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

In 2014, Powell began a recurring role on About a Boy (TV series) as Richard, Will's workaholic friend/accountant/business manager. [2]


Powell was born in West Philadelphia and later moved to California.[3] Powell graduated from St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts[4] in 2001.

In July 2012, Keith proposed to his girlfriend of three years, visual artist Jill Knox.[5] They married in October 2013.[6]

Powell splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles, CA.  ==References==