Harvey Keitel (/kaɪˈtɛl/ ky-TEL; born May 13, 1939) is an American actor and producer. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Theo Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze, Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and The Last Temptation of Christ; Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & Louise; István Szabó’s Taking Sides; Peter Yates' Mother, Jugs & Speed; Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; Jane Campion's The Piano; Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant; Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk till Dawn; James Mangold's Cop Land; Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs; and Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. Along with actors Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn, he was a co-president of the Actors Studio from 1995 to 2017.
Keitel at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||May 13, 1939|
|Partner(s)||Lorraine Bracco |
Keitel was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the son of Miriam (née Klein) and Harry Keitel, who were Jewish emigrants from Romania and Poland, respectively. 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 sixteen, 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 for several years and was able to support himself before beginning his acting career.
Keitel 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 auditioned for filmmaker Martin Scorsese and gained a starring role as "J.R.", in Scorsese's first feature film, Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967). Since then, Scorsese and Keitel have worked together on several projects. Keitel had the starring role in Scorsese's Mean Streets, which also proved to be Robert De Niro's breakthrough film. Keitel re-teamed with Scorsese for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), in which he had a villainous supporting role, and appeared with Robert De Niro again in Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), playing the role of Jodie Foster's pimp.
In 1977 and 1978, Keitel starred in the directorial debuts of Paul Schrader (Blue Collar, co-starring Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto), Ridley Scott (The Duellists, co-starring Keith Carradine), and James Toback (Fingers, in which Keitel played a street hood with aspirations of being a pianist - a role writer/director Toback wrote for Robert De Niro to play).
Cast as Captain Willard in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), 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 replaced Keitel with a casting session favorite, Martin Sheen.
Keitel drifted into obscurity through most of the 1980s. He continued to do work on both stage and screen, but usually in the stereotypical role of a thug. Keitel played a corrupt police officer in the 1983 thriller Copkiller (co-starring musician John Lydon), before taking supporting roles in the romantic drama Falling in Love (1984), starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, and Brian De Palma's mobster comedy Wise Guys (1986), starring Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo.
Keitel played Judas in Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes (1990), directed by Jack Nicholson. Ridley Scott cast Keitel as the sympathetic policeman in Thelma & Louise in 1991; that same year, Keitel landed a role in Barry Levinson's Bugsy, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The following year, Keitel played another mobster in the Whoopi Goldberg-starring comedy Sister Act.
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. Since then, Keitel has chosen his roles with care, seeking to change his image and show 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 co-starred in the movie The Piano in 1993, and played an efficient cleanup expert, Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Keitel starred as a police detective in Spike Lee's Clockers (an adaptation of Richard Price's novel, co-produced by Martin Scorsese). In 1996, Keitel had 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 FBI 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 Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, due to shooting conflicts, and appeared in Tony Bui's award-winning directorial debut, Three Seasons (which Keitel also executive produced). Keitel also re-teamed with Jane Campion for Holy Smoke! (co-starring Kate Winslet).
In 2002, at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival, Keitel was honored with the Stanislavsky Award for his 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 remake of the successful British time-travel police drama series Life on Mars.
Keitel was in a long-term relationship with actress Lorraine Bracco. They met in 1983 but the relationship ended acrimoniously in the early 1990s with a prolonged custody battle over their daughter. 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 a godfather of close friend Michael Madsen's son Max.
|1967||Reflections in a Golden Eye||Soldier||Uncredited|
|1967||Who's That Knocking at My Door||J.R.|
|1974||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore||Ben|
|1975||That's the Way of the World||Coleman Buckmaster|
|1976||Taxi Driver||Charles "Sport" Rain/"Matthew"||Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)|
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
|1976||Mother, Jugs & Speed||Tony "Speed" Malatesta|
|1976||Buffalo Bill and the Indians||Ed Goodman|
|1976||Welcome to L.A.||Ken Hood|
|1978||Blue Collar||Jerry Bartowski|
|1980||Saturn 3||Benson||Voice dubbed by Roy Dotrice|
|1980||Bad Timing||Inspector Netusil|
|1982||That Night in Varennes||Thomas Paine|
|1983||Copkiller||Lt. Fred O'Connor|
|1984||Falling in Love||Ed Lasky|
|1985||Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)||Frankie|
|1985||El caballero del dragon (The Knight of the Dragon)||Clever||Spanish film|
|1986||Wise Guys||Bobby DiLea|
|1986||The Men's Club||Solly Berliner|
|1987||The Inquiry||Pontius Pilate|
|1987||The Pick-up Artist||Alonzo Scolara|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Judas Iscariot||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|1988||Dear Gorbachev||Nikolaj Bucharin|
|1989||The January Man||Police Commissioner Frank Starkey|
|1990||Two Evil Eyes||Roderick Usher||Segment: "The Black Cat"|
|1990||The Two Jakes||Julius "Jake" Berman|
|1991||Mortal Thoughts||Det. John Woods||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Hal||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1991||Bugsy||Mickey Cohen||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||"Mr. White" Larry Dimmick||Also co-producer|
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
|1992||Bad Lieutenant||The Lieutenant||Fantasporto's International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor|
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
|1992||Sister Act||Vince LaRocca|
|1993||Point of No Return||Victor the Cleaner|
|1993||The Piano||George Baines||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|1993||Rising Sun||Lt. Tom Graham|
|1993||Dangerous Game||Eddie Israel||Venice Film Festival – Golden Ciak for Best Actor|
|1993||Young Americans||John Harris|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe|
|1994||Imaginary Crimes||Ray Weiler|
|1995||Smoke||Augustus "Auggie" Wren||Berlin International Film Festival's Special Jury Prize (shared with Wayne Wang)|
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
|1995||Blue in the Face||Auggie Wren||Also executive producer|
|1995||Ulysses' Gaze||A||Theo Angelopoulos (Greece)|
|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||City of Industry||Roy Egan|
|1997||Cop Land||Ray Donlan|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Harry Houdini|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Izzy Maurer|
|1998||Sweets of Roses||Hubie||Voice|
|1998||Gunslinger's Revenge (Il mio West)||Johnny Lowen|
|1999||Three Seasons||James Hager||Also executive producer|
|1999||Holy Smoke!||PJ Waters|
|1999||Presence of Mind||The Master|
|2000||U-571||CPO Henry Klough||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action|
|2000||Prince of Central Park||The Guardian|
|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||The Galindez File||Edward Robards|
|2003||Dreaming of Julia||Che||Also producer|
|2004||Puerto Vallarta Squeeze||Walter McGrane|
|2004||National Treasure||Agent Peter Sadusky|
|2004||The Bridge of San Luis Rey||Uncle Pio|
|2005||Be Cool||Nick Carr|
|2005||Shadows in the Sun||Weldon Parish|
|2006||One Last Dance||Terrtano|
|2006||A Crime||Roger Culkin|
|2006||The Stone Merchant||The Merchant Ludovico Vicedomini|
|2006||Arthur and the Minimoys||Miro||Voice|
|2007||My Sexiest Year||Zowie|
|2007||National Treasure: Book of Secrets||Agent Peter Sadusky|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Allied Commanding Officer||Voice|
|2009||The Ministers||Detective Joseph Bruno|
|2009||Wrong Turn at Tahoe||Nino|
|2010||A Beginner's Guide to Endings||Duke White|
|2010||Little Fockers||Randy Weir|
|2010||The Last Godfather||Don Carini|
|2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Commander Pierce|
|2013||A Farewell to Fools||Father Johanis|
|2013||The Power Inside||O'Mansky|
|2014||Two Men in Town||Bill Agati|
|2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Ludvig||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2014||Rio, I Love You||Himself (as O Ator)||Segment: "O Milagre"|
|2014||By the Gun||Salvatore Vitaglia|
|2014||Gandhi of the Month||Edward Baker||Previously titled Against Itself|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6||Smiley Harris|
|2017||Lies We Tell||Demi|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||Gondo||Voice|
|2018||First We Take Brooklyn||Anatoly|
|2018||The Last Man||Noe|
|2019||See You Soon||Post-production|
|2019||The Irishman||Angelo Bruno||Post-production|
|TBA||The Painted Bird||Priest||Filming|
|1966||Hogan's Heroes||German Soldier||Episode: "The Great Impersonation"|
|1966||Dark Shadows||Blue Whale customer||2 episodes|
|1968||N.Y.P.D.||Ramby||Episode: "Case of the Shady Lady"|
|1971||Great Performances||Jerry||Episode: "A Memory of Two Mondays"|
|1973||Kojak||Jerry Talaba||Episode: "Siege of Terror"|
|1974||The F.B.I.||Ernie||Episode: "Deadly Ambition"|
|1974||A Memory of Two Mondays||Jerry||Television film|
|1984||La bella Otero||Ernest Jurgens||Television film|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Byron Sullivan||Episode: "Vanessa in the Garden"|
|1986||The Ellen Burstyn Show||Frank Tanner||Episode: "Reading Between the Lines"|
|1988||The Play on One||Carl||Episode: "Down Where The Buffalo Go"|
|2000||Fail Safe||Brig Gen Warren A. Black||Television film|
|2002||Saturday Night Live||Siegfried||Episode: "Robert De Niro/Norah Jones"|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||John O'Neill||Miniseries|
|2008–2009||Life on Mars (U.S.)||Lieutenant Gene Hunt||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film|
|2012||Fatal Honeymoon||Tommy Thomas||Television film|
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||Proposition Man||Episode: "Fame"|
|TBA||Rio Heat||Hubert Humbolt|
| President of the Actors Studio
With: Al Pacino
and Ellen Burstyn
A Lie of the Mind is a play written by Sam Shepard, first staged at the off-Broadway Promenade Theater on 5 December 1985. The play was directed by Shepard himself with stars Harvey Keitel as Jake, Amanda Plummer as Beth, Aidan Quinn as Frankie, Geraldine Page as Lorraine, and Will Patton as Mike. The music was composed and played by the North Carolina bluegrass group the Red Clay Ramblers.
Some critics consider the play the conclusion of a quintet which includes Shepard's Family Trilogy: Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried Child (1979), and True West (1980), plus Fool for Love (1983).Blindside (film)
Blindside is a 1987 film directed by Paul Lynch and starring Harvey Keitel.Blue in the Face
Blue in the Face is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. It stars Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, Roseanne Barr, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino, Lou Reed, Mel Gorham, Jim Jarmusch and Malik Yoba.
Blue in the Face was filmed over a five-day period as a follow-up to Wang's 1995 movie Smoke. During production of Smoke, Keitel and the others ad-libbed scenes in-character between takes and a sequel was made using this improvised material.
Lily Tomlin was nominated for an American Comedy Award as "Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" for her performance in this picture.
Blue in the Face features songs by singer Selena. Her bilingual duet with David Byrne, "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)", appears on the film's soundtrack.Clockers (film)
Clockers is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the 1992 novel of the same name by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, and Mekhi Phifer in his debut film role. Set in New York City, Clockers tells the story of Strike (Phifer), a street-level drug dealer who becomes entangled in a murder investigation.Copkiller
Copkiller or Copkiller (l'assassino dei poliziotti), also known as Corrupt and The Order of Death, is a 1983 Italian crime thriller film directed by Roberto Faenza and starring Harvey Keitel and musician John Lydon, the singer for the bands Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. It is based on Hugh Fleetwood's novel The Order of Death, which was set to be the original title of the production. Fleetwood also adapted and wrote the screenplay with Faenza and Ennio de Concini. The music was composed by Ennio Morricone.According to IMDb it was filmed in 1981 and released in 1983 in Italy and 1984 in United States. It is Lydon's only starring role in film to date.Crime Spree
Crime Spree is a 2003 Canadian-British film written and directed by Brad Mirman, starring Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel, as well as French singers Johnny Hallyday and Renaud.Finding Graceland
Finding Graceland is a 1998 American film starring Harvey Keitel, Johnathon Schaech, Bridget Fonda, and Gretchen Mol. The film features a character who claims to be an alive-and-well Elvis, years after staging his death.From Dusk till Dawn
From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 American crime and horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Tarantino, and Juliette Lewis. After enjoying modest success at the box office, it has since become a cult film.Ginostra
Ginostra is 2002 crime fiction film written and directed by Manuel Pradal, starring Harvey Keitel (Matt Benson), Andie MacDowell (Jessie). The story is about an FBI officer (Harvey Keitel) investigating the murder of a would-be informant, attempts to contact the only person who knows the truth behind the killings - the dead man's eleven-year-old son.Gotham Independent Film Awards 1993
The 3rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, were held on September 28, 1993 and were hosted by Eric Bogosian. At the ceremony, Martin Scorsese was honored with a Career Tribute with Harvey Keitel, John Guare, Patrizia von Brandenstein and David Brown receiving the other individual awards.Mean Streets
Mean Streets is a 1973 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October 2, 1973. De Niro won the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Johnny Boy" Civello.
In 1997, Mean Streets was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Mortal Thoughts
Mortal Thoughts is a 1991 American dramatic mystery thriller, about a woman who is interrogated by the police regarding the death of her friend's husband. It was directed by Alan Rudolph and stars Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, and Harvey Keitel. Willis plays James Urbanski, the violent, drug-addicted husband of Joyce (Headly), who is murdered one evening at a Feast of Saint Rocco festival.Point of No Return (1993 film)
Point of No Return (also known as The Assassin) is a 1993 American action film directed by John Badham and starring Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. It is a remake of Luc Besson's 1990 film Nikita.
Maggie Hayward (Bridget Fonda) is a violent and unstable drug addict found guilty of murdering a police officer, and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Her death is faked, and a secret government agent named Bob (Gabriel Byrne) informs her that she is to become an assassin. She is given a makeover and training that transform her into a beautiful woman, and she is also trained as a killer. Her career as an assassin goes well at first. Then, after a mission goes awry, the agency sends in Victor (Harvey Keitel), a "cleaner," to kill everyone and destroy the bodies.Shadows in the Sun
Shadows in the Sun is a television movie starring Harvey Keitel and Joshua Jackson. It premiered on ABC Family in 2005. It was written and directed by Brad Mirman, and was filmed under the title The Shadow Dancer.Smoke (film)
Smoke is a 1995 American independent film by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. The original story was written by Paul Auster, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein and directed by Wayne Wang. Among others, it features Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Victor Argo, Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Harold Perrineau Jr..The Border (1982 film)
The Border is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Elpidia Carrillo and Warren Oates.The Irishman (2019 film)
The Irishman is an upcoming American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano also star. It is the ninth feature collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese, the fourth film to star both De Niro and Pacino (following The Godfather Part II, Heat and Righteous Kill) and the first time Pacino has been directed by Scorsese.
The Irishman was always a desired passion project for Scorsese, and in September 2014 it was confirmed it would be his next film following Silence (2016). Pacino and De Niro were confirmed that month, as was Pesci, who came out of his unofficial retirement to star after being asked numerous times to take the role. Filming began in New York City in September 2017, and lasted until March 2018. With a production budget as high as $200 million, it is the most expensive project of Scorsese's career. The film is anticipated to be released by Netflix in 2019. Also, according to Robert De Niro, the film will have a theatrical release, but it will be limited release.The Men's Club
The Men's Club is a 1986 drama film directed by Peter Medak, based on the novel of the same name by Leonard Michaels. It stars Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, Treat Williams, David Dukes and Richard Jordan. It is noted for a scene where Keitel (as Solly Berliner) assertively denies engaging in masturbation.Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze (Greek: Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα, translit. To Vlemma tou Odyssea) is a 1995 Greek film directed by Theo Angelopoulos and starring Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern, and Erland Josephson. The film was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.