|Born||May 13, 1939|
New York City, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Lorraine Bracco (1982–1993)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
Harvey Keitel (// ky-TEL; born May 13, 1939) is an American actor and producer. He has played in such films as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Cop Land (1997), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and The Irishman (2019). He has also played Lieutenant Gene Hunt on Life On Mars (2008–2009).
Keitel has been nominated for a number of accolades in his career, including Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in Bugsy (1991), and won an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in The Piano (1993). From 1995 to 2017, he was a co-president of the Actors Studio, along with actors Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn.
Keitel was born in New York City, on May 13, 1939, the son of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants; his mother, Miriam (née Klein), was from Romania, and his father, Harry Keitel, was from Poland. His parents owned and ran a luncheonette, while his father worked as a hat maker. He grew up in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, with his sister, Renee, and brother, Jerry. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of 16, a decision that took him to Lebanon during Operation Blue Bat. After his return, he worked as a court reporter for several years 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 character'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 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 as 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 a supporting role in the romantic drama Falling in Love (1984), starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Between 1985 and 1988, he was the busiest character actor around, appearing in 16 films and telefilms, including Brian De Palma's mobster comedy Wise Guys (1986), starring Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo and as Judas in Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
He 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 apparent reprise of his Victor the Cleaner from 1992’s “Point of No Return” 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 2001 Keitel played opposite roles: as a U.S. Army denazification investigator in the film Taking Sides and as SS-Oberscharführer Erich Muhsfeldt in the film The Grey Zone.
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.
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. In 2013, he appeared in a music video for "Pretty Hurts" by Beyoncé.
In 2013, he starred in the independent film A Farewell to Fools.
Between 2014 and early 2020, he reprised his role of Winston Wolfe from Pulp Fiction as part of a £40 million television advertising campaign for British insurance company Direct Line.
Keitel was in a long-term relationship with American actress Lorraine Bracco from 1982 to 1993, but the relationship ended acrimoniously and included a prolonged custody battle over their daughter, Stella (born 1985). He married Canadian actress Daphna Kastner in 2001. He had two more children after Stella: a son named Hudson (born 2001) from his relationship with Lisa Karmazin, and a son named Roman (born 2004) from his marriage to Kastner.
Keitel is an honorary citizen of Romania.
|1967||Reflections in a Golden Eye||Soldier||Uncredited|
|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 Higgins||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)
|Mother, Jugs & Speed||Tony 'Speed' Malatesta|
|Buffalo Bill and the Indians||Ed Goodman|
|Welcome to L.A.||Ken Hood|
|1978||Blue Collar||Jerry Bartowski|
|Saturn 3||Benson||Voice dubbed by Roy Dotrice|
|Bad Timing||Inspector Netusil|
|That Night in Varennes||Thomas Paine|
|1983||Copkiller||Lieutenant Fred O'Connor|
|1984||Falling in Love||Ed Lasky|
|1985||Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)||Frankie|
|El caballero del dragon (The Knight of the Dragon)||Clever|
|Wise Guys||Bobby DiLea|
|The Men's Club||Solly Berliner|
|1987||The Inquiry||Pontius Pilate|
|The Pick-up Artist||Alonzo Scolara|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Judas Iscariot||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|Dear Gorbachev||Nikolaj Bucharin|
|1989||The January Man||Police Commissioner Frank Starkey|
|1990||Two Evil Eyes||Roderick Usher||Segment: "The Black Cat"|
|The Two Jakes||Julius 'Jake' Berman|
|1991||Mortal Thoughts||Detective John Woods||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Thelma & Louise||Detective Hal Slocumb|
|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||Larry Dimmick / Mr. White||Also co-producer|
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
|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)
|Sister Act||Vince LaRocca|
|1993||Point of No Return||Victor The Cleaner|
|The Piano||George Baines||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Rising Sun||Lieutenant Tom Graham|
|Dangerous Game||Eddie Israel||Venice Film Festival – Golden Ciak for Best Actor|
|The Young Americans||DEA Agent John Harris|
|Pulp Fiction||Winston 'The Wolf' Wolfe|
|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
|Blue in the Face||Augustus 'Auggie' Wren||Also executive producer|
|Clockers||Detective Rocco Klein|
|Get Shorty||Himself||Uncredited cameo|
|1996||From Dusk till Dawn||Jacob Fuller||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Head Above Water||George|
|1997||City of Industry||Roy Egan|
|Cop Land||Ray Donlan|
|FairyTale: A True Story||Harry Houdini|
|Lulu on the Bridge||Izzy Maurer|
|Sweets of Roses||Hubie||Voice|
|Gunslinger's Revenge (Il mio West)||Johnny Lowen|
|1999||Three Seasons||James Hager||Also executive producer|
|Holy Smoke!||P.J. Waters|
|Presence of Mind||The Master|
|2000||U-571||CPO Henry Klough||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action|
|Prince of Central Park||The Guardian|
|The Grey Zone||SS-Oberscharführer Erich Muhsfeldt||Also executive producer|
|Taking Sides||Major Steve Arnold|
|Red Dragon||FBI Agent Jack Crawford|
|2003||Crime Spree||Frankie Zammeti|
|The Galíndez File||Edward Robards|
|Who Killed the Idea?||Private Investigator||Short film|
|Dreaming of Julia||'Che'||Also producer|
|Chasing the Elephant||The Mystery Man||Short film|
|2004||Puerto Vallarta Squeeze||Walter McGrane|
|National Treasure||FBI Agent Peter Sadusky|
|The Bridge of San Luis Rey||Uncle Pio|
|2005||Be Cool||Nick Carr|
|Shadows in the Sun||Weldon Parish|
|2006||One Last Dance||Terrtano|
|A Crime||Roger Culkin|
|The Stone Merchant||The Merchant Ludovico Vicedomini|
|Arthur and the Minimoys||Miro||Voice|
|2007||My Sexiest Year||Zowie|
|National Treasure: Book of Secrets||FBI Agent Peter Sadusky|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Allied Commanding Officer||Uncredited voice|
|The Ministers||Detective Joe Bruno|
|Wrong Turn at Tahoe||Nino|
|2010||A Beginner's Guide to Endings||Duke White|
|Little Fockers||Randy Weir|
|The Last Godfather||Don Carini|
|2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Commander Pierce|
|2013||A Farewell to Fools||Father Johanis|
|The Power Inside||O'Mansky|
|2014||Two Men in Town||Bill Agati|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Ludvig||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Rio, I Love You||Himself||Segment: "O Milagre"|
|By the Gun||Salvatore Vitaglia|
|Gandhi of the Month||Edward Baker|
|Outlaws||The Director||Short film|
|The Ridiculous 6||'Smiley' Harris|
|Lies We Tell||Demi|
|2018||First We Take Brooklyn||Anatoly|
|Isle of Dogs||Gondo||Voice|
|2019||The Last Man||Noe|
|See You Soon||Billy|
|The Painted Bird||Priest|
|The Irishman||Angelo Bruno||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2021||Blood on the Crown||General Hunter Blair|
|TBA||The Legitimate Wise Guy||Pre-production|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1966||Hogan's Heroes||German Soldier||Uncredited|
Episode: "The Great Impersonation"
|1966||Dark Shadows||Blue Whale customer||Uncredited|
|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"|
|1989||This Ain't Bebop||Television short|
|2000||Fail Safe||Brigadier General 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||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||Life on Mars (U.S.)||Lieutenant Gene Hunt||17 episodes|
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"|