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.
- Operates his own film production company, The Goatsingers, with partner 'Peggy Gormley (I)' (qv).
- Met second wife, 'Daphna Kastner' (qv) at the Toronto film festival on 11 September 2001 and married her in a secret ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel three weeks later (7 October).
- He is Godfather to 'Michael Madsen (I)' (qv)'s son Max.
- _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.
- Daughter, 'Stella Keitel' (qv), with 'Lorraine Bracco' (qv).
- Like his good friend 'Robert De Niro' (qv), Keitel is usually very uncomfortable during interviews, often nervously laughing through them.
- Graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York city, under Dean 'James Lipton' (qv).
- Worked as a salesman in a women's shoestore.