Harvey Keitel biography

Isle of Dogs

Harvey Keitel

Date of Birth: May 13, 1939

Born in Brooklyn, Harvey Keitel was a delinquent who was thrown out of vocational school for truancy. This ultimately led him to Lebanon with the U.S. Marine Corps. When he got returned home, he studied with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. As a struggling actor, he landed some acting roles off-off-Broadway while making a living as a court stenographer and as a shoe salesman.

Fate struck at 26 when he answered the newspaper ad of an N.Y.U. student director, Martin Scorsese. Keitel was cast in Scorsese's thesis film, and then in Mean Streets, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Taxi Driver. Over time, Keitel became typecast as an intense, back-alley thug (Wise Guys and Bad Lieutenant ), a stereotype that proved impossible to transcend with his biblical role in Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. He earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of gangster Mickey Cohen in Bugsy (1991) and finally managed to drop the thug persona in 1993 in The Piano, Jane Campion's award-winning film. He put in a strong performance in Reservoir Dogs, for a then-unknown Quentin Tarantino, and his involvement in Pulp Fiction helped get that hit movie made. He and Tarantino reunited once again in 1996 for the vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn.

Keitel filled his 1997 roster with City of Industry, Head Above Water, Cop Land, and Fairy Tale: A True Story. An extremely prolific actor, he's appeared since then in films such as U-571 (2000), National Treasure (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and The Last Godfather (2010). Recently, he's been seen in the 2012 releases Moonrise Kingdom with Bruce Willis and Edward Norton and A Beginner's Guide to Endings alongside Scott Caan and Paulo Costanzo. However, his latest credits include the Oscar-nominated Youth (2015) with Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz, The Comedian (2017) with Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann and Madame with Toni Collette.

Harvey has a son with his wife, Daphna Kaster, whom he met at the Toronto Film Festival. He also has a daughter born in 1985, with ex-girlfriend Lorraine Bracco, and a son born in 2001, with ex-girlfriend Lisa Karmazin.

Harvey Keitel Filmography

Actor:

Isle of Dogs

Genre:  Animation, Comedy
Running Time:  101 min.
In theatres:
March 23, 2018 - Toronto
March 28, 2018 - Vancouver, Montréal
April 6, 2018 - Calgary, Edmonton
April 13, 2018 - Halifax, Ottawa, Victoria, Winnipeg
Digital: June 26, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: July 17, 2018

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Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Fisher Stevens, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance