Harvey Keitel

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.

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Filmography

Movies

Rating

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Credit

Box
Office

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33% See You Soon Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Last Man Pastor Noé 2019
85% The Painted Bird Actor 2019
90% Isle of Dogs Gondo 2018
43% 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
36% 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
46% 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 James Hager Executive Producer 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 Producer Auggie Wren Executive Producer 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
72% 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
44% 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
71% 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
86% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Ben Everhart 1974
96% Mean Streets Charlie 1973
No Score Yet A Memory of Two Mondays Jerry 1971
68% Who's That Knocking at My Door? J.R. 1967
53% Reflections in a Golden Eye Uncredited 1967

TV

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Credit

Year

72% Life on Mars
2008-2009
Gene Hunt
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1993
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Talaba
  • 1973

QUOTES FROM Harvey Keitel CHARACTERS

Jimmy the Demon
You were gone 10 seconds, what happened?
Nicky
I got hit by a bright light attached to a lot of metal.
Satan
That's a train, son, don't stand in front of them.
Feraud
I knew a man who was stabbed to death by a woman; gave him the surprise of his life.
Laura
I have given the matter some thought. You can't fight if you're in different places. Physical impossibility. And you I once knew a woman who was beaten to death by a man. I don't think it surprised her at all.
The Lieutenant
What's your name?
Julio
Julio.
Paulo
Paulo.
The Lieutenant
You're coming with me.
Lieutenant
Vampires are lucky, they can feed on others. We gotta eat away at ourselves…
Sport
Ahhhhhh! I'm gut shot!
Mr. Brown
Let me tell you what "Like a Virgin" is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
No, no. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive...
Mr. Brown
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... Time out Greenbay. Tell that fucking bullshit to the tourists.
Joe Cabot
Toby... Who the fuck is Toby? Toby...
Mr. Brown
"Like a Virgin" is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Which one is "True Blue"?
Nice Guy Eddie
"True Blue" was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don't even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I've at least heard of "True Blue".
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
Personally, I can do without her.
Mr. Blue
I like her early stuff. You know, "Lucky Star", "Borderline" - but once she got into her "Papa Don't Preach" phase, I don't know, I tuned out.
Mr. Brown
Hey, you guys are making me lose my... train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?
Joe Cabot
Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?
Mr. White/Larry
What's that?
Joe Cabot
I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. What was that name?
Mr. Brown
What the fuck was I talking about?
Mr. Pink
You said "True Blue" was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that "Like a Virgin" was a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Brown
Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
Mr. Blue
How many dicks is that?
Mr. White/Larry
A lot.
Mr. Brown
Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in "The Great Escape", he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.
Joe Cabot
Chew? Toby Chew?
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence - "Like a Virgin".
Joe Cabot
Wong?
Gwen
Why don't you call the police?
Roy Egan
I'm my OWN police.
Mr. Pink
Do they have a sheet on you where you're from?
Mr. White/Larry
Yeah
Mr. White/Larry
Yeah.
Mr. Brown
Well that's that then man. I mean Jesus Christ, I was worried about mugshot possibilities as it was. Now he knows A. Your name, B. What you look like, C. Where you're from and D. What your specialty is.
Mr. Pink
Look, Mr. White...
Mr. White/Larry
Enough of this Mr. White shit!
The Wolf
pretty please with sugar on top, clean the fucking car.
The Wolf
Pretty please with sugar on top, clean the fucking car.
Charlie
I guess you could safely say that things haven't gone so well tonight. But I'm tryin' Lord, I'm tryin'.
Charlie
[voice-over] The pain in hell has two sides: the kind you can touch with your hand, the kind you can feel in your heart; your soul, the spiritual side. And ya know, the worst of the two is the spiritual.
Charlie
Lord, I'm not worthy to eat your flesh, not worthy to drink your blood.
Agent Sadusky
So, here is your options: Door number one - you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two - we're going to get back the Declaration of Independence; you help us find it, and... you still go to prison for a very long time. But you'll feel better inside.
Benjamin Franklin Gates
Is there a door that doesn't lead to prison?
Agent Sadusky
Someone's got to go to prison, Ben.
Mr. Pink
Is it bad?
Mr. White/Larry
....as opposed to good?
Jacob Fuller
Are you so much a fucking loser, you can't tell when you've won?
Seth Gecko
What did you call me?
Jacob Fuller
Nothing. I didn't make a statement. I asked a question. Would you like me to ask it again?
Seth Gecko
Umm-hmm.
Jacob Fuller
Are you such a loser you can't tell when you've won? The entire state of Texas, along with the F.B.I., is looking for you. Did they find you? No. They couldn't. You've won, Seth, enjoy it.
Commander Pierce
And now he's lost his whole troop? Who is that bimbo?
The Wolf
"Because you are a character doesn't meant the you have character"
The Wolf
Because you are a character doesn't meant the you have character.
Mr. White/Larry
Joe, you kill that man you die next. I repeat: you kill that man, you die next.
The Wolf
'' Now lets not start sucking each others dicks just yet. ''
The Wolf
Now let's not start sucking each others dicks just yet.
The Wolf
Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet.
Jimmie Dimmick
"Wow, you would never think it's the same car!...."
Jimmie Dimmick
Wow, you would never think it's the same car!
The Wolf
"Okay, lets not start sucking each other's dick just yet......."
The Wolf
Okay, lets not start sucking each other's dick just yet.
Mr. White/Larry
You're gonna be okaaay!
Mr. White/Larry
You're gonna be okay!
Mr. Pink
And why am I Mr. Pink?
Joe Cabot
Because you're a faggot, alright?!
Mr. Pink
Why can't we pick our own colors?
Joe Cabot
No way, no way. I tried it once and it doesn't work. You get four guys, all fighting over who is going to be Mr. Black. But they don't know each other, so no one wants to back down. No way! I pick! You're Mr. Pink. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.
Mr. Brown
Yeah, but Mr. Brown, that's a little too close to Mr. Shit.
Mr. Pink
And Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy! How about Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me, I'll be Mr. Purple.
Joe Cabot
You're not Mr. Purple. Some guy on some other job is Mr. Purple! You're Mr. Pink!
Mr. White/Larry
Who cares what your name is?
Mr. Pink
Yeah, that's easy for you to say: you're Mr. White. You have a cool sounding name. Look if it's no big deal for you to be Mr. Pink you wanna trade?
Joe Cabot
Hey, nobody's trading with anybody. This ain't a goddamn city counsel meeting you know. Now listen up Mr. Pink. There is two ways you can go on the job: my way or the highway. Now what's it gonna be Mr. Pink?
Mr. Pink
Jesus Christ Joe, forget about it. It's beneath me you know. I'm Mr. Pink. Let's move on.
Judas Iscariot
Traitor!
Sport
Well, take it or leave it. If you want to save yourself some money, don't fuck her. Cause you'll be back here every night for some more. Man, she's twelve and a half years old. You never had no pussy like that. You can do anything you want with her. You can cum on her, fuck her in the mouth, fuck her in the ass, cum on her face, man. She get your cock so hard she'll make it explode. But no rough stuff, all right?
Seth Gecko
So which are you? Are you a faithless preacher or are you a mean motherfucking servant of God?
Jacob Fuller
I'm a mean mmmm mmmm servant of God.
Nice Guy Eddie
Larry, we have been friends. And you respect my dad and I respect you but I will put fucking bullets right through your heart. You put that fucking gun down, now.
Mr. White/Larry
God damn you, Joe. Don't make me do this.
Nice Guy Eddie
Larry, stop pointing that fucking gun at my dad!
Charlie
You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets, you do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.
J.R.
Everybody should like westerns, solve everybody's problems if they liked western.
Mr. White/Larry
If you shoot me in your dream you better wake up and apologize
Mr. White/Larry
If you shoot me in your dream you better wake up and apologize.
Mr. Pink
You kill anybody?
Mr. White/Larry
A few cops.
Mr. Pink
No real people?
Mr. White/Larry
Just cops.
Joe Cabot
You have no idea what you're talking about. These people bust their ass. This is a hard job.
Mr. White
You have no idea what you're talking about. These people bust their ass. This is a hard job.
Mr. Pink
So is working at McDonalds but you don't feel the need to tip them do you? Why not? They're serving you food but no society says "no", don't tip these guys over there but tip these guys over here. Thats bullshit
Mr. Pink
So is working at McDonalds but you don't feel the need to tip them do you? Why not? They're serving you food but no society says 'no', don't tip these guys over there but tip these guys over here. Thats bullshit.
Joe Cabot
Waitressing is the number one job for female non-college graduates. Its the one job basically any woman can get and make a living on. Reason is because of tips.
Mr. White
Waitressing is the number one job for female non-college graduates. Its the one job basically any woman can get and make a living on. Reason is because of tips.
Mr. Pink
Fuck all that.
Mr. White/Larry
Toby? Toby Wong. Toby Wong? Toby Wong. Toby Chung? Fucking Charlie Chan. I got Madonna's big dick coming out of my left ear, and Toby the Jap... I don't know what - comin' out of my right.
Mr. White/Larry
Give me that fucking thing
Mr. White/Larry
Give me that fucking thing.
Joe Cabot
Hey what the hell do you think your'e dong?
Mr. White/Larry
I sick of fucking hearing it I'll give it back when we leave
Mr. White/Larry
I'm sick of fucking hearing it. I'll give it back when we leave.
Joe Cabot
What do you mean when we leave? Give it back to me now
Joe Cabot
What do you mean when we leave? Give it back to me now.
Mr. White/Larry
For the past 15 minutes you have been droing on about names Toby Toby Toby Toby Wong Toby Wong Toby Wong Toby Chung fucking Charlie Chan I've got Maddonna's big dick coming out of my left ear and Toby the Jap I-don't-know-what coming out of my right
Mr. White/Larry
For the past fifteen minutes, you've been droning on about names. Toby. Toby? [flips pages in book]
Mr. White/Larry
Toby? Toby Wong. Toby Wong? Toby Wong. Toby Chung? Fucking Charlie Chan. I got Madonna's big dick coming out of my left ear, and Toby the Jap... I don't know what - comin' out of my right.
Benson
Yes, you have a great body. May I use it?
Mr. White/Larry
You shoot me in a dream you better wake up and apologize.
Nice Guy Eddie
[Joe pulls out his gun and aims it at Mr. Orange] [In response, Mr. White pulls out his gun and aims it at Joe] [Eddie pulls out his gun and aims it at Mr. White] Have you lost your fuckin' mind?
Mr. White/Larry
Joe, you're making a terrible mistake. I'm not gonna let you make it.
Mr. Pink
Come on, guys! Nobody wants this! We're supposed to be fucking professionals!
Nice Guy Eddie
Larry, look. It's been quite a long time. A lot of jobs. There's no need for this, man. Lets just put our guns down, and lets settle this with a fuckin' conversation.
Mr. White/Larry
Goddamn you, Joe. Don't make me do this.
Nice Guy Eddie
[angrily shouting at Mr. White] Larry, stop pointin' that fuckin' gun at my Dad! [Joe shoots Mr. Orange, Mr. White shoots and kills Joe, Eddie shoots Mr. White and Mr. White quickly shoots and kills Eddie]
The Wolf
That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in ten.
Mr. White/Larry
Now if it's a manager, that's a different story. Managers know better than to fuck around, so if you get one that's giving you static, he probably thinks he's a real cowboy, so you gotta break that son of a bitch in two. If you wanna know something and he won't tell you, cut off one of his fingers. The little one. Then tell him his thumb's next. After that he'll tell you if he wears ladies underwear. I'm hungry. Let's get a taco.
Agent Sadusky
And you have no idea where your son is?
Patrick Henry Gates
He tied me to a chair.
Mr. White/Larry
You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize
Mr. White/Larry
You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.
The Wolf
That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in ten.
The Wolf
That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in ten.