born on 13/5/1939 in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Keitel at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||May 13 1939
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Daphna Kastner (2001present)
Lorraine Bracco (1982-1993)
Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an American actor. Some of his more notable starring roles were in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma and Louise, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Jane Campion's The Piano, Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, James Mangold's Cop Land, Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing, and Theo Angelopoulos's Ulysses' Gaze. His latest work was as Detective Lieutenant Gene Hunt on the American adaptation of Life on Mars.
Keitel (pronounced IPA: /katl/ ky-TEL-') was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the son of Miriam and Harry Keitel, Jewish immigrants from Romania and Poland. His parents owned and ran a luncheonette and his father also worked as a hat maker.
Keitel grew up in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, with his sister, Renee, and brother, Jerry. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School. At the age of 16, he decided to join the United States Marine Corps, a decision that took him to Lebanon, during Operation Blue Bat. After his return to the United States, he was a court reporter and was able to support himself before beginning his acting career.
CareerKeitel studied under both Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg and at the HB Studio, eventually landing roles in some Off-Broadway productions. During this time, Keitel met struggling filmmaker Martin Scorsese and gained a part in Scorsese's student production, Who's That Knocking at My Door. Since then, Scorsese and Keitel have worked together on numerous projects. Keitel had the starring role in Scorsese's Mean Streets but this proved to be Robert De Niro's breakthrough film. He later appeared with De Niro in Taxi Driver, playing the role of Jodie Foster's pimp.
Cast as "Captain Willard" in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Keitel was involved with the first week of principal photography in the Philippines. Coppola was not happy with Keitel's take on Willard, stating that the actor "found it difficult to play him a passive onlooker". After viewing the first week's footage, Coppola made the difficult decision to replace Keitel with a casting session favorite; Martin Sheen.
Throughout the 1980s, he continued to do plenty of work on both stage and screen, but usually in the stereotypical role of a thug. Keitel starred in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (which he co-produced) in 1992, where his performance as "Mr. White" took his career to a different level. Ridley Scott cast Keitel as the sympathetic policeman in Thelma and Louise in 1991. That same year he landed a role in Bugsy, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, then played another mobster, Deloris's gangster ex-boyfriend Vince LaRocca in Sister Act several months later. Since then, Keitel has chosen his roles with care, seeking to change his image and show off a broader acting range. One of those roles was the title character in Bad Lieutenant, about a self-loathing, drug- addicted police lieutenant trying to redeem himself. He also appeared in the movie The Piano in 1993, and played an efficient clean-up expert Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. In 1996 he did a major role in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's film, From Dusk Till Dawn, and in 1997 he starred in the crime drama Cop Land, which also starred Sylvester Stallone, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro.His later roles include the fatherly Satan in Little Nicky, a wise Navy man in U-571, diligent F.B.I. Special agent Sadusky in National Treasure, and the latter's sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In 1999, Keitel was replaced by Sydney Pollack on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, due to shooting conflicts. He has shown a willingness to help other start-up filmmakers by appearing in their first feature film. He did this not only for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, but also Ridley Scott (The Duellists), Paul Schrader (Blue Collar), James Toback (Fingers), and Tony Bui (Three Seasons).
In 2002, at the Moscow International Film Festival, Keitel was honored with the Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school.
He also appeared in the Steinlager Pure commercials in New Zealand in 2007. Unlike many American male actors, Keitel has appeared nude in several films, including full frontal nudity in Bad Lieutenant and The Piano.
In January 2008, Keitel played Jerry Springer in the New York City premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall. In 2008, Keitel was cast in the role of Detective Gene Hunt in ABC's short-lived US cover version of the successful English time-travel police drama series Life on Mars.
In June 2009, he made a cameo appearance in the Jay-Z video for D.O.A (Death of Auto-tune), a nod to his Brooklyn origins.
Keitel was formerly in a long-term relationship with actress Lorraine Bracco, known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos. He married actress Daphna Kastner in 2001. Keitel is the father of three children: daughter Stella (born 1985) from his relationship with Bracco; son Hudson (born 2001) from his relationship with Lisa Karmazin; and son Roman (born 2004) from his marriage to Kastner. He is godfather of close friend Michael Madsen's son Max.
Keitel has worked with a wide list of reputable directors. Along his 40 year long career, Keitel has established a solid collaboration with some directors such as: Martin Scorsese (5), Paul Auster (3), Quentin Tarantino (3), James Toback (3), Jane Campion (2), Abel Ferrara (2), Brad Mirman (2), Manuel Pradal (2), Alan Rudolph (2), Ridley Scott (2), Jon Turteltaub (2), and Wayne Wang (2). Moreover, Keitel has worked for other acclaimed directors such as: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Dario Argento, Luc Besson, Fernando Colomo, Brian De Palma, Stanley Donen, Philip Kaufman, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, Jack Nicholson, Robert Rodriguez, George A. Romero, Paul Schrader, Luis Sepúlveda and Bertrand Tavernier; and for TV productions with Stephen Frears, Clint Eastwood, and Joel Schumacher.
|1967||Who's That Knocking at My Door||J.R.|
|1967||Reflections in a Golden Eye||Soldier||Uncredited|
|1974||A Memory of Two Mondays (TV)||Jerry|
|1974||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore||Ben|
|1975||That's the Way of the World||Coleman Buckmaster|
|1976||Taxi Driver||'Sport' Matthew|
|1976||Buffalo Bill and the Indians||Ed Goodman|
|1976||Mother, Jugs & Speed||Tony Malatesta|
|1978||Blue Collar||Jerry Bartowski|
|1980||Bad Timing||Inspector Netusil|
|1981||Copkiller||Lt. Fred O'Connor|
|1982||That Night in Varennes||Thomas Paine|
|1983||Corrupt||Lt. Fred O'Connor|
|1984||Falling in Love||Ed Lasky|
|1985||El caballero del dragon (The Knight of the Dragon)||Clever||Spanish film|
|1986||Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)||Frankie|
|1986||Wise Guys||Bobby DiLea|
|1986||The Men's Club||Solly Berliner|
|1987||The Pick-up Artist||Alonzo Scolara|
|1988||Down Where The Buffalo Go||Carl||BBC TV Movie|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Judas Iscariot|
|1989||The January Man||Police Commissioner Frank Starkey|
|1990||The Two Jakes||Julius 'Jake' Berman|
|1991||Thelma and Louise||Hal|
|1991||Mortal Thoughts||Det. John Woods|
|1991||Bugsy||Mickey Cohen|| Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
|1992||Bad Lieutenant||The Lieutenant||Won: Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor|
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||Mr. White Larry Dimmick||Also co-producer|
|1992||Sister Act||Vince LaRocca|
|1993||Rising Sun||Lt. Tom Graham|
|1993||Dangerous Game||Eddie Israel|
|1993||Point of No Return||Victor the Cleaner|
|1993||The Piano||George Baines||Won: Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|1993||Young Americans||John Harris|
|1994||Imaginary Crimes||Ray Weiler|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Winston 'The Wolf' Wolfe|
|1995||Smoke||Augustus 'Auggie' Wren||Nominated: Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Auggie Wren||Also executive producer|
|1995||Clockers||Det. Rocco Klein|
|1996||From Dusk till Dawn||Jacob Fuller||Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1996||Head Above Water||George|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Harry Houdini|
|1997||Cop Land||Ray Donlan|
|1997||City of Industry||Roy Egan|
|1998||Gunslinger's Revenge (Il mio West)||Johnny Lowen|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Izzy Maurer|
|1999||Three Seasons||James Hager||Also executive producer|
|1999||Holy Smoke!||PJ Waters|
|1999||Presence of Mind||The Master|
|2000||Prince of Central Park||The Guardian|
|2000||U-571||CPO Henry Klough|
|2001||The Grey Zone||SS-Oberscharführer Eric Muhsfeldt||Also executive producer|
|2001||Taking Sides||Major Steve Arnold|
|2002||Red Dragon||Jack Crawford|
|2003||Crime Spree||Frankie Zammeti|
|2003||Dreaming of Julia||Che||Also producer|
|2003||The Galindez File||Edward Robards|
|2004||National Treasure||Agent Peter Sadusky|
|2004||The Bridge of San Luis Rey||Uncle Pio|
|2004||Puerto Vallarta Squeeze||Walter McGrane|
|2005||Be Cool||Nick Carr|
|2005||A Crime||Roger Culkin|
|2005||The Shadow Dancer||Weldon Parish|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||John O'Neill|
|2006||Arthur and the Minimoys||Miro||Voice|
|2006||The Stone Merchant||The Merchant Ludovico Vicedomini|
|2007||One Last Dance||Terrtano|
|2007||My Sexiest Year||Zowie|
|2007||National Treasure: Book of Secrets||Agent Peter Sadusky|
|2008||The Ministers||Detective Joseph Bruno|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Allied Commanding Officer||Voice/Uncredited|
|2009||Wrong Turn at Tahoe||Nino|
|2010||Little Fockers||Randy Weir|
|2010||A Beginner's Guide to Endings||TBA|
|2010||The Last Godfather||Don Carini|
2012- the congress-in production
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