Birth Date: May 13, 1939
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Notable Films: Mean Streets, Reservoir Dogs, The Piano, From Dusk Till Dawn
Awards: Academy Award (Best Actor in a Supporting Role | Bugsy – Nominated)
Harvey Keitel Biography:
Harvey Keitel grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, before joining the United States Marine Corps at the age of 16, a move which took him to Lebanon. On his return to America, he worked as a court reporter for a while before turning to acting full-time. He was a young, struggling actor, before finally winning a part in Martin Scorsese’s movie Mean Streets (1973), his breakout role. He followed this up with a role in another Scorsese film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974).
Keitel also had a villainous turn in Taxi Driver (1976) and starred in Blue Collar (1978) and The Duellists (1977). Originally cast as Captain Willard in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic war movie Apocalypse Now, Keitel was replaced by Martin Sheen a week into filming.
Through the years, Keitel has appeared in a number of other great mainstream movies, such as Thelma & Louise (1991), Bad Lieutenant (1992), and Bugsy (1991), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Keitel’s performances brought him to the attention of young director Quentin Tarantino, and, in 1992, he was cast in Tarantino’s directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs (1992). The movie was a cult hit, and Keitel would also go on to appear in another Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction (1994).
He is the current co-president of the Actor’s Studio and will appear in the highly-anticipated Martin Scorsese movie The Irishman, in 2018. Considered one of the greatest method actors of all-time, as well as one of the best actors never to win an Academy Award, Harvey Keitel is a Hollywood icon.