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Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel


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Born: May 13, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


About working with director Martin Scorsese: "[It was like] walking into a room . . . and looking into a woman's eyes. She looks back, and for whatever reasons, you both know it's something special."---Keitel quoted in Premiere, September 1990.

"I can think of no more important endeavor than reading. To be a little dramatic, it's saved my life in many ways. I've been pursuing it now for a long time. Heavily, I'd say, for the past ten years. I began very late. When I say I began in the Marine Corps, I mean I opened a book then. I had a desire to understand this chaos I was experiencing in my body. And books were a guide. If I had only one wish for my children, it would be that they become readers."---Harvey Keitel to Nick Tosches in Esquire, September 1993.

"You know the saying, 'Once a marine, always a marine?' I am still a marine today. We shared this brotherhood of the spirit that to this day I feel, as do all former marines. It lifted me, it elevated me, it spirited me, it challenged me to my limits, and my limits were extended. That helped me sustain a great deal of the struggle I encountered on my road to becoming an actor. I heard on the news that a large percentage of the members of Congress have never had military experience. That's mind-boggling to me. We cannot send other young men out to fight wars while we enjoy the fruits of democracy that we have never stood up for. That is not right. I am personally against the volunteer army. I think every young man should serve. I don't understand how we can allow our lower-middle class and underclass to fight our wars while the privileged never have to serve. That's a disgrace."---Keitel quoted in Interview, May 1999.

"If politics is the business of the city, theatre is its soul. Theatre is a religion and, as such, could well be a thing to be worshipped."---Keitel to Suzie Mackenzie in The Guardian, November 13, 1999.

On his first meeting with Robert De Niro: "I was going to a session at the Actors Studio, and there was a friend of mine and her boyfriend standing outside with Robert. And one of them said, 'Robert, this is Harvey. Harvey this is Robert.' We looked at each other and started to smile. We just kept laughing and shaking our heads in acknowledgment of something; I guess we found out later what that was."---Keitel to Preimere, March 2005.

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