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Harvey Keitel – MovieActors.com

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Keitel in THE PIANO.

About Harvey Keitel (1939 – )

Harvey Keitel was born on May 13th, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants form Poland and Romania. His parents ran a lucheonette, and his dad was a hat maker on the side. Harvey has a sister, Renee, and a brother, Jerry.

Sometimes Harvey Keitel is credited as ''Mayor'' Harvey Keitel.

At the age of sixteen, HArvey managed to join the Marines and did a tour of duty in the turmoil-ridden Lebanon, in 1958.

To prepare for an acting career, Harvey graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York City. Also, Harvey studied at the HB Studio under Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. He entered the world of a thespian in some Off-Broadway shows, while supporting himself as a court reporter.

In the early films of Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel was given some key roles in films such as, MEAN STREETS in 1973 and TAXI DRIVER in 1976, after working in theatre for around ten years.

During the 1980s' he was type-cast as a thug with a bad attitude, so he went with it, and found steady work on stage and in films.

His breakthrough role that changed his career was that of Mr White, in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film, RESERVOIR DOGS, that Harvey also co-produced. Harvey Keitel re-emerged into star status with this role, and from this moment on, he was able to chose other types of roles to broaden his acting range.

True, at first many of the roles offered still depicted not so nice people, but they at least had redeeming values; not always dastardly black-hearted thugs. He later got more positive roles such as a wise Navy man, in the film, U571, and as a tenacious FBI agent in the fim, NATIONAL TREASURE.

Harvey Keitel was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history in 1995 (#95).

Dennis Farina and Harvey Keitel have shared two roles. At the end of GET SHORTY in 1995, he plays the Dennis Farina character in the movie-within-a-movie. Farina also originated the role of Jack Crawford in MANHUNTER in 1986, a role that Keitel played in the remake RED DRAGON on 2002.

Usually we will see Harvey Keitel cast as Italian-American characters, even though he is of fully Jewish-Polish heritage.

In 1997 Harvey Keitel ranked #37 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

One of Keitel's early hits was 1976's TAXI DRIVER.

Due to creative differences, Harvey Keitel walked away from his role as Captain Willard in APOCALYPSE NOW in 1979.

In 1998 Harvey Keitel was listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors.

Harvey Keitel is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. Harvey Keitel played the role in RED DRAGON; (2002), while Scott Glenn played the role in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; (1991), and Dennis Farina played the role in MANHUNTER; (1986).

Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster have been in three films together. Keitel played Foster's pimp in TAXI DRIVER; (1976), and her future mentor in RED DRAGON ;(2002), the prequel to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; (1991).

HArvey Keitel has had a long relationship with actress Lorraine Bracco;(1982-1993). They had a daughter, Stella;(1985). Harvey was in a shorter relationship with Lisa Karmazin, and they had a son Hudson, born in 2001. In 2001, Harvery fell hook, line and sinker in love with Daphna Kastner at the Toronto Film Festival and married her in a secret ceremony three weeks later in Jerusalem, Israel. They have a son, Roman, born in 2004.

Harvey Keitel's notable movie credits include...

MEAN STREETS (1973)
ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE (1974)
MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (1976)
TAXI DRIVER (1976)
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS (1976)
THE DUELLISTS (1977)
WELCOME TO LA (1976)
FINGERS (1978)
DEATH WATCH (1980)
BAD TIMING: A SENSUAL OBSESSION: (1980)
THE BORDER (1982)
EXPOSED (1983)
ORDER OF DEATH (1983)
FALLING IN LOVE (1984)
OFF BEAT (1986)
THE MEN'S CLUB (1986)
WISE GUYS (1986)
BAD LIEUTENANT (1992)
THELMA & LOUISE (1991)
RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
THE JANUARY MAN (1989)
THE TWO JAKES (1990)
SISTER ACT (1992)
THE PIANO (1993)
PULP FICTION (1994)
HOLY SMOKE (1999)
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
HEAD ABOVE WATER (1996)
CITY OF INDUSTRY (1997)
COP LAND (1997)
FAIRYTALE: A TRUE STORY (1997)
SHADRACH (1998)
LULU AN THE BRIDGE (1998)
FINDING GRACELAND (1998)
IL MIO WEST (1998)
THREE SEASONS (1999)
HOLY SMOKE (1999)
PRESENCE OF MIND (1999)
U-571 (2000)
PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK (2000)
LITTLE NICKY (2000)
NAILED (2001)
VIPER (2001)
TAKING SIDES (2001)
THE GREY ZONE (2001)
NOWHERE (2002)
GINOSTRA (2002)
RED DRAGON (2002)
BEEPER (2002)
CRIME SPREE (2003)
THE GALINDEZ FILE (2003)
WHO KILLED THE IDEA? (2003)
DREAMING OF JULIA (
CHASING THE ELEPHANT (2003)
NATIONAL TREASURE (2004)
PUERTO VALLARTA SQUEEZE (2004)
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (2004)
BE COOL (2005)
ONE LAST DANCE (2006)
THE SHADOW DANCER
A CRIME (2006)
THE STONE MERCHANT (2006)
ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES (2006)
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (2007)
MY SEXIEST YEAR (2007)
WRONG TURN AT TAHOE (2009)
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ENDINGS (2010)
MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012)
A FAREWELL TO FOOLS (2013)
THE CONGRESS (2013)
TWO MEN IN TOWN (2014)
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
GANDHI OF THE MONTH (2015)
CHOSEN (2015)
LA GIOVINEZZA (2015)

Harvey Keitel's notable television credits include...

LIFE ON MARS (TV SERIES)(2008-2009)
THE PATH TO 9/11 (TV MINI-SERIES) (2006)
FAIL SAFE (TV MOVIE) (2000)
IMAGINING AMERICA (TV MOVIE)(1989)
BACIAMI STREGA (TV MOVIE) (1985)
LA BELLA OTERO (TV MOVIE) (1984)
VIRGINIA HILL (TV MOVIE)(1974)
DARK SHADOWS (TV SERIES- two episodes- uncredited Blue whale customer) (1966)

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Keitel in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996).

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Harvey Keitel in THE PIANO.

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Harvey Keitel in PULP FICTION.

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Harvey Keitel in THELMA & LOUISE (1991).

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Keitel in NATIONAL TREASURE (2004).



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