May. 13th, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 7 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese after working in theatre for around ten years, particularly Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976). Faded into anonymity in the eighties even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He re-emergered into star status with his role as Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993) 0110912.
- Graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York city, under Dean 'James Lipton' (qv).
- Operates his own film production company, The Goatsingers, with partner 'Peggy Gormley (I)' (qv).
- Although he frequently plays Italian-American characters, Keitel is of Polish and Romanian Jewish heritage.
- Has demonstrated extraordinary enthusiasm for working with first-time directors, from 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) in 1968 to 'Ridley Scott' (qv), 'Paul Schrader (I)' (qv), 'James Toback' (qv), 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv), and in 1999, Vietnamese-American 'Tony Bui' (qv).
- Worked as a court stenographer in NYC for about 10 years while he was a struggling actor.
- (1998) Listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors.
- He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 24th Istanbul Film Festival. (16 April 2005)
- Served in the U. S. Marines.