Harvey Keitel Biography

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Born: May 13, 1939

HARVEY KEITEL

Date of Birth: May 13, 1939

Born in Brooklyn, Harvey Keitel was a delinquent who was thrown out of vocational school for truancy. This ultimately led him to Lebanon with the U.S. Marine Corps. When he got returned home, he studied with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. As a struggling actor, he landed some acting roles off-off-Broadway while making a living as a court stenographer and as a shoe salesman.

Fate struck at 26 when he answered the newspaper ad of an N.Y.U. student director, Martin Scorsese. Keitel was cast in Scorsese's thesis film, and then in Mean Streets, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Taxi Driver. Over time, Keitel became typecast as an intense, back-alley thug (Wise Guys and Bad Lieutenant ), a stereotype that proved impossible to transcend with his biblical role in Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. He earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of gangster Mickey Cohen in Bugsy (1991) and finally managed to drop the thug persona in 1993 in The Piano, Jane Campion's award-winning film. He put in a strong performance in Reservoir Dogs, for a then-unknown Quentin Tarantino, and his involvement in Pulp Fiction helped get that hit movie made. He and Tarantino reunited once again in 1996 for the vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn.

Keitel filled his 1997 roster with City of Industry, Head Above Water, Cop Land, and Fairy Tale: A True Story. An extremely prolific actor, he's appeared since then in films such as U-571 (2000), National Treasure (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and The Last Godfather (2010). He was most recently seen in the 2012 releases Moonrise Kingdom with Bruce Willis and Edward Norton and A Beginner's Guide to Endings alongside Scott Caan and Paulo Costanzo.

Harvey has a son with his wife, Daphna Kaster, whom he met at the Toronto Film Festival. He also has a daughter born in 1985, with ex-girlfriend Lorraine Bracco, and a son born in 2001, with ex-girlfriend Lisa Karmazin.

Filmography:

The Comedian(2017)
The Ridiculous 6(2015)
Youth (2015) (2015)
By the Gun(2014)
The Congress(2014)
A Beginner's Guide to Endings(2012)
The Last Godfather(2011)
The Ministers(2010)
Arthur and the Invisibles(2007)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets(2007)
Be Cool(2005)
National Treasure(2004)
Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)
Dreaming of Julia (2003)
Who Killed the Idea? (2003)
Crime Spree(2003)
Beeper (2002
Red Dragon(2002)
Ginostra (2002)
The Grey Zone(2001)
Taking Sides(2001)
Nailed (2001)
Little Nicky(2000)
U-571(2000)
Holy Smoke(1999)
An Interesting State (1999)
Presence of Mind (1999)
Prince of Central Park (1999)
Three Seasons(1999)
My West (1998)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Finding Graceland (1998)
Shadrach (1998)
Cop Land (1997)
City of Industry (1997)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
Full Tilt Boogie (1997)
Head Above Water (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Get Shorty(1995)
Clockers (1995)
Smoke (1995)
Blue in the Face (1995)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Pulp Fiction(1994)
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Monkey Trouble(1994)
Somebody to Love (1994)
Who Do You Think You're Fooling? (1994)
Dangerous Game(1993)
Rising Sun (1993)
The Piano(1993)
Point of No Return (1993)
The Young Americans (1993)
Sister Act(1992)
Bad Lieutenant(1992)
Reservoir Dogs(1992)
Bugsy (1991)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Mortal Thoughts(1991)
The Two Jakes (1990)
The Battle of the Three Kings (1990)
Two Evil Eyes(1990)
January Man (1989)
The Last Temptation of Christ(1988)
Down Where the Buffalo Go (1988)
Caro Gorbaciov (1988)
White Hunter (1988)
The Inquiry (1987)
The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
A Complex Plot About Women, Alleys and Crimes (1986)
Blindside (1986)
The Men's Club (1986)
Off Beat (1986)
The American Bride (1986)
Wise Guys (1986)
The Knight of the Dragon (1985)
Nemo (1984)
Falling in Love (1984)
Exposed(1983)
Copkiller (1983)
A Stone in the Mouth (1983)
The Border(1982)
That Night in Varennes (1982)
Saturn 3 (1980)
Death Watch (1980)
Eagle's Wing (1979)
Fingers (1978)
Blue Collar (1978)
The Duellists(1977)
Welcome to L.A.(1976)
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
Taxi Driver(1976)
That's the Way of the World (1975)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Mean Streets(1973)
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1966)
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