Harvey Keitel

Actor, Producer, Production assistant
To pigeonhole Harvey Keitel as a master of edgy degenerates and killers would have dismissed the actor's many successes with surly husbands, benign cops and intrepid detectives. His prolific but slow-to-ignite career ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1939 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (143)

Two Men In Town 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Agati (Actor)

Youth 2015 (Movie)

Mick Boyle (Actor)

A Farewell to Fools 2014 (Movie)

Father Johanis (Actor)

Beeper 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

By the Gun 2014 (Movie)

Salvatore Vitaglia (Actor)

Grandi Cacciatori 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gypsy's Curse 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Puerto Vallarta Squeeze 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rio, I Love You 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

So I Say 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Ludwig (Actor)

The Wedding Contract 2014 (Movie)

(has been mentioned for a role.) (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Congress 2013 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

A Beginner's Guide to Endings 2012 (Movie)

Duke White (Actor)

Fatal Honeymoon 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

Commander Pierce (Actor)

The Last Godfather 2011 (Movie)

Don Carini (Actor)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Randy Weir (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

I Come With the Rain 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Life on Mars 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dust of Time 2009 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

The Ministers 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 (Movie)

Sadusky (Actor)

The Path to 9/11 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Crime 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Miro (Actor)

My Sexiest Year 2006 (Movie)

Dad Zowie (Actor)

Shadows in the Sun 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Stone Merchant 2006 (Movie)

Ludovico Vicedomini (Actor)

Un Crime 2006 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

Nick Carr (Actor)

One Last Dance 2005 (Movie)

Terrtano (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Be Cool 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Pio (Actor)

Dieses Jahr in Czernowitz 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

Sadusky (Actor)

Crime Spree 2003 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

Major Steve Arnold (Actor)

The Galindez File 2003 (Movie)

Robards (Actor)

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nowhere 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Agent Jack Crawford (Actor)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Muhsfeldt (Actor)

Nailed 2001 (Movie)

Tony Romano (Actor)

Vipera 2001 (Movie)

Leone (Actor)

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Satan (Actor)

Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

The Guardian (Actor)

U-571 2000 (Movie)

Chief Klough (Actor)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

PJ Waters (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Redgrave 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Presence of Mind 1999 (Movie)

The Master (Actor)

Three Seasons 1999 (Movie)

James Hager (Actor)

Full-Tilt Boogie 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Il Mio West 1998 (Movie)

Johnny Lowen (Actor)

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Izzy Maurer (Actor)

Shadrach 1998 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

City of Industry 1997 (Movie)

Roy Egan (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Ray Donlan (Actor)

Dreaming of Julia 1997 (Movie)

Che (Actor)

Fairytale - A True Story 1997 (Movie)

Harry Houdini (Actor)

Head Above Water 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ulysses' Gaze 1997 (Movie)

A (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Jacob Fuller (Actor)

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Absence Stronger Than Presence 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Auggie Wren (Actor)

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Rocco Klein (Actor)

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Auggie Wren (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Ray Weiler (Actor)

Monkey Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Azro (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

The Wolf (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Game 1993 (Movie)

Eddie Israel (Actor)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

Victor the Cleaner (Actor)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

Tom Graham (Actor)

The Piano 1993 (Movie)

George Baines (Actor)

The Young Americans 1993 (Movie)

John Harris (Actor)

Bad Lieutenant 1992 (Movie)

Lt--The Lieutenant (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Mr White/Larry (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Vince LaRocca (Actor)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

Mickey Cohen (Actor)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

Detective John Woods (Actor)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Rod Usher (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

Jake Berman (Actor)

Imagining America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

January Man 1989 (Movie)

Frank Starkey (Actor)

La Nuit de Varennes 1989 (Movie)

Tom Paine (Actor)

Blindside 1988 (Movie)

Penfield Gruber (Actor)

Caro Gorbaciov 1988 (Movie)

Nikolai Bukharin (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Judas (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Alonzo (Actor)

El Caballero del Dragon 1986 (Movie)

Clever (Actor)

L' Inchiesta 1986 (Movie)

Pontius Pilate (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

The Men's Club 1986 (Movie)

Solly Berliner (Actor)

Un Complicato Intrigo di Donne, Vicoli e Delitti 1986 (Movie)

Frankie Acquasanta (Actor)

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

Bobby DiLea (Actor)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Ed Lasky (Actor)

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

Rivas (Actor)

Copkiller 1982 (Movie)

Lieutenant Fred O'Connor (Actor)

Nemo 1982 (Movie)

Mr Legend (Actor)

Une Pierre dans la bouche 1982 (Movie)

Fugitive (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

Roddy (Actor)

Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

Benson (Actor)

The Border 1980 (Movie)

Cat (Actor)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

Inspector Fredrich Netusil (Actor)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

Jerry Bartowski (Actor)

Fingers 1978 (Movie)

Jimmy Angelelli (Actor)

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

Gabriel Feraud (Actor)

Eagle's Wing 1977 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Speed (Actor)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Sport (Actor)

Welcome to L.A. 1976 (Movie)

Ken Hood (Actor)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

That's the Way of the World 1974 (Movie)

Coleman Buckmaster (Actor)

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Who's That Knocking at My Door? 1968 (Movie)

J R (Actor)

A Memory of Two Mondays (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Graceland (TV Show)

Actor

The John Garfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Virginia Hill Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

My Sexiest Year 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Three Seasons 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dreaming of Julia 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Street Scenes 1970 1969 (Movie)

stills (Photography)
Other (1)

Street Scenes 1970 1969 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

To pigeonhole Harvey Keitel as a master of edgy degenerates and killers would have dismissed the actor's many successes with surly husbands, benign cops and intrepid detectives. His prolific but slow-to-ignite career began with memorably unlikable supporting roles in Martin Scorsese character studies "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), though he turned to European films shortly thereafter when he failed to find a suitable place in mainstream films. An Academy-Award nominated supporting role in "Bugsy" (1991) heralded a new beginning for Keitel on American soil, and he became a favorite on the indie film scene of the 1990s through his association with Quentin Tarantino cult classics "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Keitel had several successes when he chose to tap his inner soft side, like in Jane Campion's "The Piano" (1993), but by far, he was the go-to guy for potentially explosive everymen, grizzled police force veterans and G-men in both subtle indies and gun-blazing big budget adventures alike.

Relationships

Lorraine Bracco Actor

Wife
Met in a Paris cafe Married in 1982 Separated in 1991 when Bracco left Keitel for Edward James Olmos Divorced in 1993 Engaged in a five-year legal battle for custody of her daughter Stella that ended in 1999

Heather Bracken

Companion
No longer together

Embeth Davidtz Actor

Companion
No longer together

Lisa Karmazin

Companion
Mother of Keitel's son Hudson Karmazin

Hudson Karmazin

Son
Born October 2001; mother, Lisa Karmazin

Daphna Kastner Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 7, 2001 in Jerusalem, Israel

Stella Keitel Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 10, 1985; mother, Lorraine Bracco; parents were involved in a custody dispute from the time they separated in 1991; her mother was eventually awarded full custody Acted together in "Bad Lieutenant" (1992)

Harry Keitel

Father
Polish Ran a luncheonette on Avenue X in Brooklyn with Keitel's mother

Miriam Keitel

Mother
Romanian Ran a luncheonette on Avenue X in Brooklyn with Keitel's father

Roman Keitel

Son
Born Aug. 17, 2004; mother, Daphna Kastner

Toni Welsh

Companion
No longer together

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied under Frank Corsaro, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg

Alexander Hamilton Vocational School

Brooklyn , New York
Located in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn; asked to leave because of truancy

Abraham Lincoln High School

Brooklyn , New York
Switched schools

Milestones

2012

Cast in Wes Anderson's romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"

2010

Reunited with De Niro in the comedy "Little Fockers"

2008

Made debut as TV series regular on ABC's "Life on Mars," playing Det. Gene Hunt

2007

Re-teamed with Nicolas Cage for "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

2007

Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directorial debut "Dedication," a romantic comedy that premiered at Sundance

2004

Starred opposite Nicolas Cage in Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure"

2003

Starred as as the mysterious and secretive grandfather "Che" in Juan Gerard's "Dreaming of Julia"

2002

Played FBI Agent Jack Crawford in "Red Dragon," a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"

2002

Portrayed a Nazi in "The Grey Zone," directed by Tim Blake Nelson; also served as an executive producer

2000

Acted in the all-star ensemble of Jonathan Mostow's WWII submarine drama "U-571"

1999

Played a former GI who returns to Vietnam seeking the daughter he left behind in Tony Bui's "Three Seasons"; film selected as Vietnam's entry for the 1999 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award

1999

Reteamed with Campion for "Holy Smoke!" as an aging cult deprogrammer who more than meets his match in Kate Winslet

1998

Portrayed Elvis (who thinks he really is "The King") in "Finding Graceland"

1998

Starred in Auster's solo directing effort "Lulu on the Bridge"

1997

Fourth film with De Niro, James Mangold's "Cop Land"

1997

Teamed with Cameron Diaz in the misfire "Head Above Water"; premiered on HBO before receiving limited theatrical release

1996

Cast as a solemn preacher held hostage by two derranged criminals (Tarantino and George Clooney) in the Tarantino-scripted "From Dusk Till Dawn"; directed by Robert Rodriguez

1995

Co-starred with William Hurt as a cigar store manager in "Smoke," directed by Wayne Wang and scripted by Paul Auster; reprised role in the companion film "Blue in the Face"; served as executive producer on the latter

1994

Served as UNICEF spokesperson on behalf of the youngest victims in the war-torn land formerly known as Yugoslavia

1994

Portrayed the Wolf in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"

1993

Re-teamed with Ferrara for "Dangerous Game," co-starring Madonna

1993

Cast as the "gone-native" man who eventually romances a mute Scottish woman in "The Piano"; first film with writer-director Jane Campion

1992

First producing credit as the co-producer of "Reservoir Dogs"; directed by Quentin Tarantino; also starred

1992

Essayed the title role of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant"

1991

Played mobster Mickey Cohen in "Bugsy"; scripted by Toback; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1991

Reunited with Ridley Scott to play an FBI agent in "Thelma & Louise"

1991

Re-teamed with Rudolph to appear in the thriller "Mortal Thoughts"

1990

Cast opposite Jack Nicholson (who also directed) as the titular "The Two Jakes," a loose sequel to "Chinatown"

1988

Played Judas Iscariot in Scorsese's "Last Temptation of Christ"; scripted by Schrader

1987

Third film with Toback, "The Pick-Up Artist"

1986

Appeared with then companion Lorraine Bracco in Rabe's "Goose and Tom-Tom"

1985

Missed about a quarter of his performances in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepherd's "A Lie of the Mind"

1984

Co-starred with William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Ron Silver in the Broadway play "Hurlyburly"

1983

Reteamed with Toback in "Exposed"

1980

His "Brooklyn-real" voice dubbed over in the sci-fi flop "Saturn 3"

1978

Starred with Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto as auto workers in Schrader's directorial debut "Blue Collar"

1977

First collaboration with filmmaker James Toback as the star of "Fingers"

1977

Headlined the cast of Ridley Scott's period adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel "The Duellists"

1976

Portrayed Jodie Foster's lover-pimp in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"; scripted by Paul Schrader; second feature with De Niro

1976

Acted in two screenplays written by Alan Rudolph – "Welcome to L.A.," directed by Rudolph and "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," directed by Robert Altman

1976

Cast in "Apocalypse Now"; had a falling out with Francis Ford Coppola; fired on location in the Philippines and replaced by Martin Sheen

1975

Made Broadway debut as Happy in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"; starred George C. Scott as Willy Loman

1974

Played the abusive boyfriend of Ellen Burstyn's Alice in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; again collaborated with Scorsese

1974

Played Bugsy Siegel to Dyan Cannon's Virginia Hill in the NBC biopic "The Virginia Hill Story"

1974

First notable TV appearance, "A Memory of Two Mondays" for PBS' "Great Performances"

1973

Landed breakthrough role in Scorsese's first major feature "Mean Streets"; first collaboration with Robert De Niro

1969

Worked as a production assistant and provided stills for the little-seen documentary "Street Scenes 70"; Scorcese was production supervisor and post-production director

1967

Film debut, "Who's That Knocking at My Door?"; first collaboration with Scorsese

1965

Made off-Broadway debut in Sam Shepard's "Up To Thursday" at the Cherry Lane Theater

1965

Answered a newspaper advertisement placed by Martin Scorsese, then an NYU student director, seeking actors for his first film

1956

Joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 16 and served in Lebanon; received high school equivalency diploma while a Marine

Grew-up in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, NY

Worked as a shoe salesman

Joined the Actors Studio

Worked as a court stenographer at Manhattan Criminal Court for eight years

Worked for over ten years in summer stock, repertory, off-off-Broadway, coffee houses, and community theater

Bonus Trivia

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About working with director Martin Scorsese: "[It was like] walking into a room...and looking into a woman's eyes. She looks back, and for whatever reasons, you both know it's something special." – Keitel quoted in Premiere, September 1990

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"I can think of no more important endeavor than reading. To be a little dramatic, it's saved my life in many ways. I've been pursuing it now for a long time. Heavily, I'd say, for the past ten years. I began very late. When I say I began in the Marine Corps, I mean I opened a book then. I had a desire to understand this chaos I was experiencing in my body. And books were a guide. If I had only one wish for my children, it would be that they become readers." – Keitel to Nick Tosches in Esquire, September 1993

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"You know the saying, 'Once a marine, always a marine?' I am still a marine today. We shared this brotherhood of the spirit that to this day I feel, as do all former marines. It lifted me, it elevated me, it spirited me, it challenged me to my limits, and my limits were extended. That helped me sustain a great deal of the struggle I encountered on my road to becoming an actor. I heard on the news that a large percentage of the members of Congress have never had military experience. That's mind-boggling to me. We cannot send other young men out to fight wars while we enjoy the fruits of democracy that we have never stood up for. That is not right. I am personally against the volunteer army. I think every young man should serve. I don't understand how we can allow our lower-middle class and underclass to fight our wars while the privileged never have to serve. That's a disgrace." – Keitel quoted in Interview, May 1999

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"If politics is the business of the city, theatre is its soul. Theatre is a religion and, as such, could well be a thing to be worshipped." – Keitel to Suzie Mackenzie in The Guardian, November 13, 1999

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On his first meeting with Robert De Niro: "I was going to a session at the Actors Studio, and there was a friend of mine and her boyfriend standing outside with Robert. And one of them said, 'Robert, this is Harvey. Harvey this is Robert.' We looked at each other and started to smile. We just kept laughing and shaking our heads in acknowledgment of something; I guess we found out later what that was." – Keitel to Premiere, March 2005

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