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.
- Served in the U. S. Marines.
- (October 1997) Ranked #37 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- _Apocalypse Now (1979)_ (qv), from which he was fired, was loosely based on 'Joseph Conrad (I)' (qv)'s novel, "Heart of Darkness". Although Keitel didn't appear in the final film, he does appear in _The Duellists (1977)_ (qv), which is based on another Conrad story.
- (1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#95).
- (1998) Listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors.
- (1999) Dated 'Andie MacDowell' (qv).
- Worked as a salesman in a women's shoestore.
- Although he frequently plays Italian-American characters, Keitel is of Polish and Romanian Jewish heritage.