Harvey Keitel


Actor
Harvey Keitel

About

Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
May 13, 1939

Biography

To pigeonhole Harvey Keitel as a master of edgy degenerates and killers would have dismissed the actor's many successes with surly husbands, benign cops and intrepid detectives. His prolific but slow-to-ignite career began with memorably unlikable supporting roles in Martin Scorsese character studies "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), though he turned to E...

Photos & Videos

Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
That's the Way of the World - Movie Poster
The Piano - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Lorraine Bracco
Companion
Actor, model. Met at a Paris Cafe in 1983; moved in together c. 1984; separated in 1991; she later married actor Edward James Olmos on January 28, 1994.
Heather Bracken
Companion
No longer together.
Toni Welsh
Companion
No longer together.
Embeth Davidtz
Companion
Actor. No longer together.

Bibliography

"Harvey Keitel: The Art of Darkness"
Marshall Fine

Notes

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.

Biography

To pigeonhole Harvey Keitel as a master of edgy degenerates and killers would have dismissed the actor's many successes with surly husbands, benign cops and intrepid detectives. His prolific but slow-to-ignite career began with memorably unlikable supporting roles in Martin Scorsese character studies "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), though he turned to European films shortly thereafter when he failed to find a suitable place in mainstream films. An Academy-Award nominated supporting role in "Bugsy" (1991) heralded a new beginning for Keitel on American soil, and he became a favorite on the indie film scene of the 1990s through his association with Quentin Tarantino cult classics "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Keitel had several successes when he chose to tap his inner soft side, like in Jane Campion's "The Piano" (1993), but by far, he was the go-to guy for potentially explosive everymen, grizzled police force veterans and G-men in both subtle indies and gun-blazing big budget adventures alike.

Born May 13, 1939, Keitel was raised in Brooklyn, NY where his Polish and Romanian immigrant parents owned and operated a luncheonette. At 16, Keitel joined the Marines and served overseas in the Middle East. When he returned home, he began to pursue an interest in acting, training at the famed Actors Studio before eventually landing stage roles in summer stock, repertory, and the fringes of off-off Broadway and community theater. He made his off Broadway debut in Sam Shepard's "Up to Thursday" in 1965 and two years later began his association with director Martin Scorsese when he answered a newspaper ad placed by the then-NYU student director. Scorsese cast him in "Who's That Knocking at My Door?" (1967), which evolved from a student short to Scorsese's well-received feature debut. Keitel went on to make a strong impression with a breakout role as the director's alter ego in "Mean Streets" (1973), though his more introspective character suffered by proximity to Robert De Niro's explosive, out-of-control Johnny Boy.

Playing the first of many violent, abusive parts, Keitel reportedly terrified co-star Ellen Burstyn (who won an Oscar for her performance) in Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974). He collaborated with the director again in an unforgettable performance as the pimp (and lover) of teenage runaway prostitute Jodie Foster in "Taxi Driver" (1976), the sheer brilliance of his portrayal lost amidst the kudos for De Niro's tour de force turn as Travis Bickle. Keitel's career promise continued to rise when he landed a leading role in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), but after a falling out with director Francis Ford Coppola, he was replaced by Martin Sheen. Instead of starring in one of the most publicized films of its day, he acted in Ridley Scott's commercially unsuccessful adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "The Duellists" (1977). Keitel was outstanding as a street-smart, aspiring concert pianist who collects debts for his domineering father in James Toback's "Fingers" (1978), zooming in on women and danger with a self-destructive fervor. He also delivered a strong performance as an auto worker up against a corrupt union in Paul Schrader's underrated "Blue Collar" (1978), but he should have avoided the dubious British oater "Eagle's Wing" (1978), directed by Anthony Harvey.

During the 1980s Keitel's visibility slipped, and he appeared in character roles for international productions like Bertrand Tavernier's sci-fi offering "Deathwatch" (1980), Tony Richardson's thriller "The Border" (1982), and several titles from Lina Wertmuller including "Vicoli e Deliitti" (1985). Keitel resurfaced in mainstream American cinema in Brian De Palma's unsuccessful stab at a mob comedy, "Wise Guys" (1986), and re-teamed with Toback for a small role in the romantic comedy "The Pick-Up Artist" (1987). But it was Keitel's portrait of a tortured, ambivalent Judas Iscariot in Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988) that brought the actor back into the general public consciousness, though the controversial but critically well-received film was not popular at the box office. Keitel's co-starring role as a police commissioner brother of Kevin Kline in "The January Man" (1989) was a dud, and the "Chinatown" (1975) sequel "The Two Jakes" (1990) was also an unfortunate flop that threatened to start Keitel's unhappy cycle all over again. The actor rebounded with a meaty role as a sympathetic detective tracking a pair of unwitting outlaws (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) in the hit, "Thelma & Louise" (1991).

The noir biopic "Bugsy" (1991) reinstated Keitel on the industry's A-list, with a forcefully-drawn performance as Jewish mobster Mickey Cohen that earned him his first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He went on to become a significant figure in 1990s independent filmmaking after proving a godsend to novice writer-director Quentin Tarantino, agreeing to star in and co-produce "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). His involvement enabled the project's budget to soar from $35,000 to $400,000 and attract other major talents that helped make it into an enduring cult classic. Keitel's no-holds-barred performance as the corrupt, substance-abusing antihero of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant" (1992) also brought critical kudos and helped boost the reputation of that formerly "B-plus" indie filmmaker. Keitel went on to credit Jane Campion, writer-director of "The Piano" (1993), for helping him alter his tough-guy persona when she cast him in the surprisingly romantic role of Holly Hunter's lover in that film, although his more typical, cool machismo was back on display in Tarantino's galvanizing "Pulp Fiction" (1994).

Keitel was perhaps never better than in his subtle, low-key performance as the proprietor of a Brooklyn cigar shop in Wayne Wang's popular art house movie "Smoke" (1995) and its companion piece, "Blue in the Face" (1995). Keitel's stock held strong with another detective role in Spike Lee's critically acclaimed drama "Clockers" (1995), and a strong supporting performance as the patriarch of a vacationing family who find themselves battling vampires in Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996). He returned to Europe to play Harry Houdini in the fanciful British period piece "Fairy Tale (1996) and went back to grittier territory in James Mangold's "Cop Land" (1997), an above average police drama anchored by an excellent ensemble cast including Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Non-studio fare remained closest to Keitel's heart, and his involvement as executive producer and lead role as an ex-Marine in search of redemption in Tony Bui's "Three Seasons" (1999) helped that film win both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance. He also reteamed that year with Campion on "Holy Smoke" as a cult exit counselor who goes astray while deprogramming Kate Winslet.

Keitel was part of the all-star ensemble of the WWII submarine tale "U-571" (2000) before sending up his dark image to play Satan in the Adam Sandler comedic misfire, "Little Nicky" (2000). In 2001, the Goatsingers, a New York-based production company formed by Keitel and Peggy Gormley, produced "The Grey Zone," Tim Blake Nelson's holocaust drama in which Keitel also co-starred alongside David Arquette and Steve Buscemi. Keitel made a return to mainstream commercial fare with "Red Dragon," third in the series of films featuring Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Keitel served as producer on Juan Gerard's memoir of his Cuban childhood "Dreaming of Julia" (2003) and had a supporting role opposite Nicolas Cage in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action blockbuster "National Treasure" (2004), followed by a charismatic role as a villainous music manager in "Be Cool" (2005), the entertaining sequel to "Get Shorty" (1995). In 2006, Keitel starred as an FBI special agent in the highly controversial docudrama miniseries "The Path to 9/11." The following year, he reprised another of his FBI characters in the blockbuster actioner, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007). In a surprising shift to series television, Keitel was cast in the police drama "Life on Mars" (ABC, 2008-09), where he played a New York police lieutenant, circa the fashion-challenged early 1970s, alongside Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol and Lisa Bonet.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Voice
The Irishman (2018)
Madame (2017)
The Comedian (2016)
Youth (2015)
Two Men In Town (2015)
Ipu - Convicted to Live (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
God Only Knows (2014)
A Beginner's Guide to Endings (2012)
Fatal Honeymoon (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
The Last Godfather (2011)
Little Fockers (2010)
The Ministers (2009)
The Dust of Time (2009)
I Come With the Rain (2009)
The Stone Merchant (2007)
The Galindez File (2007)
My Sexiest Year (2007)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Un Crime (2006)
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
The Outsider (2006)
Himself
One Last Dance (2006)
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey (2005)
Il Mio West (2005)
Johnny Lowen
Be Cool (2005)
National Treasure (2004)
Dreaming of Julia (2004)
Cuba Libre (2004)
Crime Spree (2003)
Frankie
Red Dragon (2002)
Taking Sides (2002)
The Grey Zone (2001)
Little Nicky (2000)
U-571 (2000)
FAIL SAFE (2000)
Three Seasons (1999)
James Hager
Holy Smoke (1999)
Prince Of Central Park (1999)
Shadrach (1998)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Izzy Maurer
City of Industry (1997)
Full-Tilt Boogie (1997)
Himself
Head Above Water (1997)
Cop Land (1997)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
Absence Stronger Than Presence (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
A
Smoke (1995)
Auggie Wren
Clockers (1995)
Blue in the Face (1995)
Somebody to Love (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Monkey Trouble (1994)
Point Of No Return (1993)
Rising Sun (1993)
The Piano (1993)
George Baines
The Young Americans (1993)
John Harris
Dangerous Game (1993)
Sister Act (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Mr White/Larry
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Two Evil Eyes (1991)
Bugsy (1991)
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
The Two Jakes (1990)
Grandi Cacciatori (1990)
The January Man (1989)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Caro Gorbaciov (1988)
Nikolai Bukharin
The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
Hello Actors Studio (1987)
Himself
L' Inchiesta (1987)
Pontius Pilate
Blindside (1987)
Penfield Gruber
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Narrator
El Caballero del Dragon (1986)
Clever
The Men's Club (1986)
Solly Berliner
Wise Guys (1986)
Camorra (1986)
Frankie Acquasanta
Off Beat (1986)
Falling in Love (1984)
Nemo (1983)
Mr Legend
Exposed (1983)
Copkiller (1983)
Une Pierre dans la bouche (1983)
Fugitive
La Nuit de Varennes (1982)
Tom Paine
The Border (1981)
Death Watch (1980)
Saturn 3 (1980)
Benson
Bad Timing (1980)
Inspector Fredrich Netusil
Fingers (1978)
Blue Collar (1978)
Eagle's Wing (1978)
Welcome To L.A. (1976)
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
That's the Way of the World (1975)
The Virginia Hill Story (1974)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)
Mean Streets (1973)
Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968)
J.R.

Producer (Feature Film)

My Sexiest Year (2007)
Executive Producer
Cuba Libre (2004)
Producer
Dreaming of Julia (2004)
Producer
The Grey Zone (2001)
Executive Producer
Three Seasons (1999)
Executive Producer
Blue in the Face (1995)
Executive Producer
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Co-Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Comedian (2016)
Song Performer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Street Scenes 1970 (1970)
Photography
Street Scenes 1970 (1970)
Production Assistant

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Outsider (2006)
Other
Full-Tilt Boogie (1997)
Other
Get Shorty (1995)
Other
Hello Actors Studio (1987)
Other

Cast (Special)

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Robert De Niro (2003)
Presenter
The John Garfield Story (2003)
Featuring
Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter (2000)
The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money (1999)
The Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller (1999)
Lee Strasberg: The Method Man (1998)
Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Redgrave (1998)
Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder (1994)
The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994)
Presenter
The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special (1993)
Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio (1991)
Martin Scorsese Directs (1990)
Imagining America (1989)
A Memory of Two Mondays (1974)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Path to 9/11 (2006)
Finding Graceland (1998)

Life Events

1956

Joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 16 and served in Lebanon; received high school equivalency diploma while a Marine

1965

Answered a newspaper advertisement placed by Martin Scorsese, then an NYU student director, seeking actors for his first film

1965

Made off-Broadway debut in Sam Shepard's "Up To Thursday" at the Cherry Lane Theater

1967

Film debut, "Who's That Knocking at My Door?"; first collaboration with Scorsese

1970

Worked as a production assistant and provided stills for the little-seen documentary "Street Scenes 70"; Scorcese was production supervisor and post-production director

1973

Landed breakthrough role in Scorsese's first major feature "Mean Streets"; first collaboration with Robert De Niro

1974

First notable TV appearance, "A Memory of Two Mondays" for PBS' "Great Performances"

1974

Played Bugsy Siegel to Dyan Cannon's Virginia Hill in the NBC biopic "The Virginia Hill Story"

1974

Played the abusive boyfriend of Ellen Burstyn's Alice in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; again collaborated with Scorsese

1975

Made Broadway debut as Happy in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"; starred George C. Scott as Willy Loman

1976

Acted in two screenplays written by Alan Rudolph - "Welcome to L.A.," directed by Rudolph and "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," directed by Robert Altman

1976

Cast in "Apocalypse Now"; had a falling out with Francis Ford Coppola; fired on location in the Philippines and replaced by Martin Sheen

1976

Portrayed Jodie Foster's lover-pimp in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"; scripted by Paul Schrader; second feature with De Niro

1977

First collaboration with filmmaker James Toback as the star of "Fingers"

1977

Headlined the cast of Ridley Scott's period adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel "The Duellists"

1978

Starred with Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto as auto workers in Schrader's directorial debut "Blue Collar"

1980

His "Brooklyn-real" voice dubbed over in the sci-fi flop "Saturn 3"

1983

Reteamed with Toback in "Exposed"

1984

Co-starred with William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Ron Silver in the Broadway play "Hurlyburly"

1985

Missed about a quarter of his performances in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepherd's "A Lie of the Mind"

1986

Appeared with then companion Lorraine Bracco in Rabe's "Goose and Tom-Tom"

1987

Third film with Toback, "The Pick-Up Artist"

1988

Played Judas Iscariot in Scorsese's "Last Temptation of Christ"; scripted by Schrader

1990

Cast opposite Jack Nicholson (who also directed) as the titular "The Two Jakes," a loose sequel to "Chinatown"

1991

Re-teamed with Rudolph to appear in the thriller "Mortal Thoughts"

1991

Played mobster Mickey Cohen in "Bugsy"; scripted by Toback; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1991

Reunited with Ridley Scott to play an FBI agent in "Thelma & Louise"

1992

Essayed the title role of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant"

1992

First producing credit as the co-producer of "Reservoir Dogs"; directed by Quentin Tarantino; also starred

1993

Re-teamed with Ferrara for "Dangerous Game," co-starring Madonna

1993

Cast as the "gone-native" man who eventually romances a mute Scottish woman in "The Piano"; first film with writer-director Jane Campion

1994

Portrayed the Wolf in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"

1994

Served as UNICEF spokesperson on behalf of the youngest victims in the war-torn land formerly known as Yugoslavia

1995

Co-starred with William Hurt as a cigar store manager in "Smoke," directed by Wayne Wang and scripted by Paul Auster; reprised role in the companion film "Blue in the Face"; served as executive producer on the latter

1996

Cast as a solemn preacher held hostage by two derranged criminals (Tarantino and George Clooney) in the Tarantino-scripted "From Dusk Till Dawn"; directed by Robert Rodriguez

1997

Teamed with Cameron Diaz in the misfire "Head Above Water"; premiered on HBO before receiving limited theatrical release

1997

Fourth film with De Niro, James Mangold's "Cop Land"

1998

Portrayed Elvis (who thinks he really is "The King") in "Finding Graceland"

1998

Starred in Auster's solo directing effort "Lulu on the Bridge"

1999

Reteamed with Campion for "Holy Smoke!" as an aging cult deprogrammer who more than meets his match in Kate Winslet

1999

Played a former GI who returns to Vietnam seeking the daughter he left behind in Tony Bui's "Three Seasons"; film selected as Vietnam's entry for the 1999 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award

2000

Acted in the all-star ensemble of Jonathan Mostow's WWII submarine drama "U-571"

2002

Portrayed a Nazi in "The Grey Zone," directed by Tim Blake Nelson; also served as an executive producer

2002

Played FBI Agent Jack Crawford in "Red Dragon," a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"

2003

Starred as as the mysterious and secretive grandfather "Che" in Juan Gerard's "Dreaming of Julia"

2004

Starred opposite Nicolas Cage in Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure"

2007

Re-teamed with Nicolas Cage for "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

2007

Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directorial debut "Dedication," a romantic comedy that premiered at Sundance

2008

Made debut as TV series regular on ABC's "Life on Mars," playing Det. Gene Hunt

2010

Reunited with De Niro in the comedy "Little Fockers"

2012

Cast in Wes Anderson's romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"

Photo Collections

Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
That's the Way of the World - Movie Poster
That's the Way of the World - Movie Poster
The Piano - Movie Poster
The Piano - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) - Everything Historical Is Yours Amid the continuous rehearsal, first appearance by Burt Lancaster as Ned Buntline, Joel Grey as producer Salisbury, Geraldine Chaplin as Annie Oakley, John Considine her husband and manager, Harvey Keitel the nephew of the title character, Kevin McCarthy as Major Burke, and Paul Newman heard but not seen, in Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill And The Indians Or , Sitting Bull's History Lesson, 1976.
Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) - The Last Thing A Man Wants To Do Director Robert Altman, after nearly 15 minutes, finally shows his star and title character, Paul Newman, on camera, in rehearsal for his Wild West Show, introduced by producer Joel Grey, with Harvey Keitel as his nephew and secretary, Geraldine Chaplin as Annie Oakley, John Considine her husband, in Buffalo Bill And The Indians, 1976.
Mean Streets (1973) - Don't Do Anything Junior Little Italy mafia collection man Charlie (Harvey Keitel) visits with restauranteur Oscar (Murray Mosten) then seeks counsel from his gangster uncle (Cesare Danova) in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. 1973.
Taxi Driver (1976) - Opening, Travis Hypnotic opening sequence featuring Bernard Hermann music, and Travis (Robert De Niro) applying for a job with a fellow ex-Marine (Joe Spinell) in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, 1976.
Death Watch (1980) - Still Having Trouble With Tears? Opening in gloomy Glasgow, director Bertrand Tavernier introduces Harvey Keitel as Roddy whom, we’ll learn, has had a camera implanted in his eye, in the high-brow science fiction feature Death Watch, 1980, from a novel by David Compton, co-starring Romy Schneider.
Death Watch (1980) - It Seems You're Dying Harry Dean Stanton as producer of the reality TV show named in the title, which covers people who are dying, after medicine has almost eliminated premature death, with Harvey Keitel as his quasi-reporter, observing Romy Schneider as potential star Katherine, Russell Enoch her doctor, in Bertrand Tavernier’s Death Watch, 1980.
Mean Streets (1973) - Thanks A Lot Johnny Boy (Robert DeNiro) checks his pants at the door as he brings two girls from Greenwich Village into the bar to meet Tony (David Proval) and Charlie (Harvey Keitel) in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, 1973.
Mean Streets (1973) - Little Italy The environs of Little Italy are introduced along with Tony (David Proval), Johnny Boy (Robert DeNiro), Michael (Richard Romanus) and Charlie (Harvey Keitel) in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, 1973.
Mean Streets (1973) - It's A Business Johnny (Robert DeNiro) has trouble following as Tony (David Proval) tries to give Charlie (Harvey Keitel) some tips about being a gangster, while shooting pool in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, 1973.
Mean Streets (1973) - I Like You Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and girlfriend Teresa (Amy Robinson) discussing various likes and dislikes in a scene shot on Staten Island from Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, 1973.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - I'm Just Like This Widowed Alice (Ellen Burstyn) with Rita (Lane Bradbury) who's just arrived to tell her that new boyfriend Ben (Harvey Keitel) is her husband, when he shows up, in a bad temper, in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974.
Who's That Knocking At My Door? (1968) - You Missed A Good Picture The opening part of the conversation on the Staten Island Ferry, eventually about movies, introduced as a memory for J.R. (Harvey Keitel), in which he meets "the girl," Zina Bethune, in Martin Scorsese's first feature, begun as a film school project, Who's That Knocking At My Door?, 1968.

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Family

Stella Keitel
Daughter
Born c. 1986; mother, Lorraine Bracco; Keitel and Bracco were involved in a custody battle from the time they separated c. 1991; in 1999, Bracco was awarded sole custody and Keitel was awarded visitation rights.
Hudson Karmazin
Son
Born in October 2001; mother, Lisa Karmazin.
Roman Keitel
Son
Born August 17, 2004; mother, Daphna Kastner.

Companions

Lorraine Bracco
Companion
Actor, model. Met at a Paris Cafe in 1983; moved in together c. 1984; separated in 1991; she later married actor Edward James Olmos on January 28, 1994.
Heather Bracken
Companion
No longer together.
Toni Welsh
Companion
No longer together.
Embeth Davidtz
Companion
Actor. No longer together.
Lisa Karmazin
Companion
Potter. Identified as the mother of Keitel's son born in October 2001.
Daphna Kastner
Wife
Filmmaker. Born c. 1961 in Israel; married on October 7, 2001 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Bibliography

"Harvey Keitel: The Art of Darkness"
Marshall Fine

Notes

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.