May. 13th, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 7 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
One of the Dukes
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.
- Resides in New York City. Also owns a home in California.
- Although he frequently plays Italian-American characters, Keitel is of Polish and Romanian Jewish heritage.
- A member of The Actors Studio, had studied with 'Frank Corsaro (II)' (qv), 'Lee Strasberg' (qv) & 'Stella Adler' (qv).
- (1999) Dated 'Andie MacDowell' (qv).
- Graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York city, under Dean 'James Lipton' (qv).
- He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 24th Istanbul Film Festival. (16 April 2005)
- Is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. He played the role in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv), while 'Scott Glenn' (qv) played the role in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), and 'Dennis Farina' (qv) played the role in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv).
- Worked as a court stenographer in NYC for about 10 years while he was a struggling actor.