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Harvey Keitel

Highest Rated:   100% Fail Safe (2000)
Lowest Rated:   0% Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Isle of Dogs
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Chosen
  • Sonson
2017
25% The Comedian
  • Mac
$1.7M 2017
No Score Yet Madame
  • Actor
2017
50% Behind the White Glasses
  • Actor
$2.7k 2016
9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo)
  • Actor
2016
74% Youth
  • Mick Boyle
$1.9M 2015
47% Two Men in Town
  • Bill Agati
2015
No Score Yet By The Gun
  • Sal
2014
74% The Congress
  • Al
2014
40% A Farewell to Fools
  • Father Johanis
2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ludwig
$57M 2014
No Score Yet Fatal Honeymoon
  • Tommy Thomas
2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom
  • Commander Pierce
$45.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Last Godfather
  • Don Carini
$0.2M 2011
10% 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
21% 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
69% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet One Last Dance
  • Terrtano
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
44% 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
68% The Grey Zone
  • Muhsfeldt
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Beeper
  • Zolo
2002
69% 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
81% Three Seasons
  • Executive Producer
  • James Hager
1999
50% Shadrach
  • Vern
1998
0% Lulu on the Bridge
  • Izzy Maurer
1998
33% Ulysses' Gaze
  • A
1997
50% Fairy Tale: A True Story
  • Harry Houdini
1997
88% Full Tilt Boogie
  • Actor
1997
72% 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
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Jacob Fuller
1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money
  • Interviewee
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Himself (uncredited)
1995
43% Blue in the Face
  • Executive Producer
  • Auggie Wren
  • Producer
1995
68% Clockers
  • Rocco Klein
1995
93% Smoke
  • Auggie Wren
1995
56% Imaginary Crimes
  • Ray Weiler
1994
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Wolf
1994
0% It's Pat
  • Actor
1994
50% Monkey Trouble
  • Azro `Shorty' Kohn
1994
90% The Piano
  • George Baines
1993
33% The Young Americans
  • Harris
1993
35% Rising Sun
  • Tom Graham
1993
48% Point of No Return (The Assassin)
  • Victor the Cleaner
1993
29% Dangerous Game
  • Eddie Israel
1993
77% Bad Lieutenant
  • The Lieutenant
1992
73% Sister Act
  • Vince LaRocca
$0.2M 1992
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Producer
  • Mr. White
1992
85% Bugsy
  • Mickey Cohen
1991
83% Thelma & Louise
  • Hal Slocumbe
1991
57% Mortal Thoughts
  • Det. John Woods
1991
67% The Two Jakes
  • Julius "Jake" Berman
1990
55% Two Evil Eyes
  • Usher
1990
No Score Yet Battle of the Three Kings, The
  • Sandobal
1990
21% The January Man
  • Frank Starkey
1989
82% The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Judas
1988
No Score Yet Blindside
  • Penfield Gruber
1988
55% 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
64% Falling in Love
  • Ed Lasky
1984
No Score Yet Copkiller (Corrupt)
  • Lt. Fred O'Connor
1984
No Score Yet That Night in Varennes (La Nuit de Varennes)
  • Thomas Paine
1983
No Score Yet Exposed
  • Rivas
1983
89% The Border
  • Cat
1982
79% 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
91% Fingers
  • Jimmy Angelelli
1978
100% Blue Collar
  • Jerry Bartowski
1978
91% The Duellists
  • Feraud
1977
No Score Yet Cop Killer
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A.
  • Ken Hood
1976
82% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • The Relative (Ed Goodman)
1976
99% Taxi Driver
  • Sport
1976
50% Mother, Jugs and Speed
  • Speed
1976
No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story
  • Bugsy Siegel
1976
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World
  • Coleman Buckmaster
1975
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Ben Everhart
1974
98% 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
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Uncredited
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1993

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