Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer. He has played in such films as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, Thelma & Louise, Reservoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Cop Land, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Irishman.
Early Life & Career
Harvey Keitel was born in 1939 in New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant parents. He is of Romanian descent on his mother's side and Polish descent on his father's. Raised in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood with his brother Jerry and sister Renee, Keitel attended Abraham Lincoln High School. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the Marines, and went to Lebanon as part of the US's 1958 military intervention. Upon returning to America, Keitel worked as a court reporter before starting a career in acting. Studying under renowned acting teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village, Keitel began landing roles in off-Broadway productions, and had an uncredited part in John Huston's "Reflection in a Golden Eye."
Keitel's breakthrough came in 1967, when he was cast in a leading role in Martin Scorsese debut feature film, "Who's That Knocking at My Door." Keitel continued collaborating with Scorsese, next appearing in the director's 1973 crime epic "Mean Streets," which also starred Robert De Niro in his breakthrough role. This was followed by parts in Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," the 1974 film that netted Ellen Burstyn an Oscar, and 1976's "Taxi Driver," in which Keitel played the pimp of Jodie Foster's character. The year 1976 was a big one for the actor; in addition to "Taxi Driver," Keitel appeared in "Welcome to L.A.," Robert Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," and the dark comedy "Mother, Jugs & Speed." The following years were also prolific. Between 1977 and 1978, Keitel starred in the directorial debuts of three major filmmakers: Ridley Scott's "The Duellists," Paul Schrader's "Blue Collar," and James Toback's "Fingers." Although Keitel was next cast in the lead role of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," he was replaced with Martin Sheen when Coppola was unhappy with Keitel's performance.
From 1982 to 1993, Keitel was in a relationship with actress Lorraine Bracco. They split on bitter terms, with a protracted custody battle over their daughter, Stella. In 2001, Keitel wed Canadian actress Daphna Kastner, with whom he had a son, Roman. That year, he also had a son, named Hudson, from a prior relationship with Lisa Karmazin.
Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer who has a net worth of $50 million. Harvey Keitel is best known for his roles in crime films such as "Mean Streets," "Bad Lieutenant," and "Reservoir Dogs," and for his multiple collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino. He has been nominated for many awards throughout his career, including an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 1991 biopic "Bugsy." Keitel also served as co-president of the Actors Studio from 1995 to 2017.