He attended the University of Chicago, as well as Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He studied acting further at the Organic Theater in Chicago in 1972-1978. Szarabajka's surname, pronounced Template:IPA-pl in Polish, means "gray fable".
His acting resume is extensive, appearing in numerous television programs including Profit, The X-Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Charmed, 24, Max Steel, The Inside, and Law & Order. In 1994 he portrayed the quotable "Matthew Stoner" in Babylon 5 episode "Soul Mates". He is known for his role as Mickey Kostmayer in the 1980s show The Equalizer, as well as for his recurring role as vampire hunter Daniel Holtz in the cult series Angel, the spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He played the lead role in Stephen King's Golden Years.
Szarabajka has also contributed his voice to several audio books, notably "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates" by Tom Robbins, for which he won the 2001 Audie Award for Best Fiction, unabridged, Fear Nothing and Seize the Night by Dean Koontz, several roles in a Grammy nominated audio dramatization of The Maltese Falcon, Rising Sun, by Michael Crichton, Nelson Algren's Walk on the Wild Side, and an audio dramatization of The Mark of Zorro opposite Val Kilmer.
Additionally, he provided the voice for antagonist Dmitri Yuriev in the Xenosaga series and for Emile Dufraisne in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Most recently, he played the role of Detective Stephens in the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight and voiced Dr. Terrence Kyne for the animated sci-fi horror movie Dead Space: Downfall based out of the Dead Space video game. He also voiced a minor character in Condemned 2: Bloodshot named Inferi. He also is the Archangel Azrael in Darksiders: Wrath of War. Recently he played a very small role in Dragon Age: Origins as a nameless dwarf collecting nugs. He plays Harbinger, the main villain of the video game Mass Effect 2, which has developed an internet following as a result of several of his quotes. In 2008, he voiced Venom in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.In 2010 he voiced Ironhide in Transformers War for Cybertron
He has two sons: Caleb and Jack.
- "I figure you're here 'cause you need some whacko who's willing to stick his finger in the fan. So who are we helping?" (Mickey speaking to 'The Equalizer')
- Dark Tale – Keith Szarabajka's website
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