Harvey Keitel

Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)
Lowest Rated: 0% Lies We Tell (2018)
Birthday: May 13, 1939
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Sporting a Brooklyn accent and bulldog features, Harvey Keitel first gained recognition with a series of gritty roles in the early films of Martin Scorsese, and he was for a long time cast as one lowlife thug after another. His career experienced a renaissance in the 1990s, when roles in such films as Thelma & Louise, Bad Lieutenant, and The Piano demonstrated his versatility and his willingness to let it all hang out (literally) in the service of an authentic characterization.A product of Brooklyn, where he was born on May 13, 1939, Keitel grew up as something of a delinquent. At the age of 16, his truancy was put to an end when he was sent to Lebanon with the Marine Corps. Upon his return, he sold shoes and nurtured an interest in acting. He studied the craft with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler and began appearing in off-off-Broadway productions. When he was 26, fate struck in the form of a casting ad placed by Scorsese, at that time a fledgling student director at New York University; Keitel's response to the ad began a collaboration that would last for years and produce some of the more memorable moments in film history. Keitel and Scorsese made their onscreen feature debuts with Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968), in which the former played the latter's alter ego. Five years later, they collaborated on Mean Streets; that and their subsequent collaborations of the '70s, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and Taxi Driver (1976), were some of the decade's most memorable films. Unfortunately, despite these achievements, Keitel's career suffered a great blow when he lost the lead in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now to Martin Sheen. He spent much of the '80s appearing in obscure and/or forgettable films, save for Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and by the time he was cast in Thelma & Louise in 1991, he was in a career slump. 1991 and 1992 marked a turning point in Keitel's career: his role in Thelma and Louise as a sympathetic detective -- much like his role in that same year's Mortal Thoughts -- helped him break through the stereotypes surrounding him, and his Oscar nomination for his portrayal of gangster Mickey Cohen in Bugsy (1991) put him back in the forefront. Keitel's work in 1992's Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs, and Sister Act further established him as an actor of previously unappreciated versatility, and in 1993 he proved this versatility when he starred in Jane Campion's exotic art drama The Piano, in which he famously appeared in the nude as Holly Hunter's lover.Keitel continued to demonstrate his ability to play both hard-boiled gangsters and rough-edged nice guys throughout the rest of the decade, turning in one solid performance after another in such films as Pulp Fiction (1994), Clockers (1995), and Copland (1997). One of his most memorable characterizations, cigar shop owner Auggie Wren, came from his collaboration with Paul Auster on Smoke and Blue in the Face (both 1995); he also worked with Auster on his 1998 romantic drama Lulu on the Bridge. In 1999, Keitel could be seen in variety of films, notably Tony Bui's Three Seasons, in which he played an American soldier searching for his lost daughter in Vietnam, and Jane Campion's Holy Smoke, in which he played a man sent to deprogram Kate Winslet of the teachings she received while part of a religious cult.In 2001, Keitel's performance as the contemptuous Major Steve Arnold in Taking Sides was met with rave reviews; the same year, Keitel played a Holocaust victim in The Grey Zone. Keitel worked on and off throughout the 2000s, and landed a regular role in ABC's short-lived series Life on Mars in 2008.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Last Man Pastor Noé 2019
90% Isle of Dogs Gondo 2018
41% Madame Bob Fredericks 2018
0% Lies We Tell Demi 2018
No Score Yet Brooklyn Guns Anatoly 2018
No Score Yet Chosen Sonson 2017
24% The Comedian Mac $1.7M 2017
57% Behind the White Glasses Actor $2.7K 2016
8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) Actor 2016
72% Youth Mick Boyle $1.9M 2015
47% Two Men in Town Bill Agati 2015
40% By The Gun Sal 2014
73% The Congress Al 2014
40% A Farewell to Fools Father Johanis 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel Ludwig $57M 2014
No Score Yet Fatal Honeymoon Tommy Thomas 2012
93% Moonrise Kingdom Commander Pierce $45.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Last Godfather Don Carini $0.2M 2011
9% Little Fockers Randy Weir $148.4M 2010
No Score Yet The Job Actor 2010
33% A Beginner's Guide To Endings Duke White 2010
No Score Yet Wrong Turn at Tahoe Vincent 2009
No Score Yet The Ministers Joe Bruno 2009
35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets Sadusky $220M 2007
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Actor 2007
22% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Miro $15.1M 2007
No Score Yet Galindez File Actor 2007
No Score Yet My Sexiest Year Producer Zowie 2007
No Score Yet A Crime Roger 2006
No Score Yet Il Mercante di pietre (The Stone Merchant) Ludovico Vicedomini 2006
65% The Outsider Actor 2006
No Score Yet One Last Dance Terrtano 2006
No Score Yet The Path to 9/11 John O'Neill 2006
43% Shadows in the Sun Weldon Parish 2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey Uncle Pio 2005
30% Be Cool Nick Carr $55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Gunslinger's Revenge Johnny 2005
45% National Treasure Agent Sadusky $173M 2004
No Score Yet Dieses Jahr in Czernowitz (This Year in Czernowitz) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dreaming of Julia Che Producer 2004
No Score Yet Cuban Blood Producer Che 2004
No Score Yet Puerto Vallarta Squeeze Walter McGrane 2004
73% Taking Sides: Le cas Furtwängler Major Steve Arnold 2003
No Score Yet El Misterio Galíndez (The Galíndez File) Robards 2003
43% Crime Spree Frankie Zametti 2003
69% The Grey Zone Executive Producer Muhsfeldt 2002
No Score Yet Beeper Zolo 2002
68% Red Dragon Jack Crawford $93M 2002
No Score Yet Ginostra Matt Benson 2002
No Score Yet Nailed Tony Romano 2002
22% Little Nicky Satan $38.6M 2000
20% Prince of Central Park The Guardian 2000
No Score Yet Presence of Mind Master 2000
68% U-571 Chief Klough 2000
100% Fail Safe Gen. Black 2000
45% Holy Smoke P.J. Waters 2000
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller Actor 1999
40% Finding Graceland Elvis 1999
78% Three Seasons Executive Producer James Hager 1999
50% Shadrach Vern 1998
0% Lulu on the Bridge Izzy Maurer 1998
31% Ulysses' Gaze A 1997
55% Fairy Tale: A True Story Harry Houdini 1997
88% Full Tilt Boogie Actor 1997
74% Cop Land Ray Donlan 1997
43% City of Industry Roy Egan 1997
No Score Yet Somebody to Love Harry Harrelson 1996
40% Head Above Water George 1996
63% From Dusk Till Dawn Jacob Fuller 1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money Interviewee 1996
87% Get Shorty Himself (uncredited) 1995
41% Blue in the Face Executive Producer Producer Auggie Wren 1995
69% Clockers Rocco Klein 1995
93% Smoke Auggie Wren 1995
60% Imaginary Crimes Ray Weiler 1994
92% Pulp Fiction Wolf 1994
0% It's Pat Actor 1994
50% Monkey Trouble Azro `Shorty' Kohn 1994
92% The Piano George Baines 1993
33% The Young Americans Harris 1993
33% Rising Sun Tom Graham 1993
50% Point of No Return (The Assassin) Victor the Cleaner 1993
31% Dangerous Game Eddie Israel 1993
77% Bad Lieutenant The Lieutenant 1992
71% Sister Act Vince LaRocca $139.7M 1992
91% Reservoir Dogs Mr. White Producer 1992
85% Bugsy Mickey Cohen 1991
84% Thelma & Louise Hal Slocumbe 1991
57% Mortal Thoughts Det. John Woods 1991
68% The Two Jakes Julius "Jake" Berman 1990
59% Two Evil Eyes Usher 1990
No Score Yet Battle of the Three Kings, The Sandobal 1990
20% The January Man Frank Starkey 1989
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Judas 1988
No Score Yet Blindside Penfield Gruber 1988
57% The Pick-Up Artist Alonzo 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Actor 1987
No Score Yet L' Inchiesta Ponzio Pilato 1986
No Score Yet The Men's Club Solly Berliner 1986
No Score Yet Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti Frankie 1986
31% Wise Guys Bobby Dilea 1986
No Score Yet Off Beat Mickey 1986
No Score Yet El Caballero del dragón (Star Knight) (The Knight of the Dragon) Clever 1985
58% Falling in Love Ed Lasky 1984
80% Copkiller (Corrupt) Lt. Fred O'Connor 1984
No Score Yet That Night in Varennes (La Nuit de Varennes) Thomas Paine 1983
80% The Border Cat 1982
73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) Roddy 1980
50% Bad Timing Insp. Netusil 1980
18% Saturn 3 Benson 1980
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing Henry 1979
83% Fingers Jimmy Angelelli 1978
100% Blue Collar Jerry Bartowski 1978
92% The Duellists Feraud 1977
No Score Yet Cop Killer Actor 1977
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A. Ken Hood 1976
83% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson The Relative (Ed Goodman) 1976
98% Taxi Driver Sport 1976
No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story Bugsy Siegel 1976
50% Mother, Jugs and Speed Speed 1976
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Coleman Buckmaster 1975
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Ben Everhart 1974
96% Mean Streets Charlie 1973
No Score Yet A Memory of Two Mondays Jerry 1971
71% Who's That Knocking at My Door? J.R. 1967
56% Reflections in a Golden Eye Uncredited 1967


72% Life on Mars
Gene Hunt
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1993
No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1973