Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel


5/13/1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Harvey Johannes Keitel


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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.…more


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    • Harvey: I've always found it not only easy, but enjoyable. It's necessary for us to reach out and I'm speaking for myself here. I certainly have a sense of responsibility to reach out to these people in the theatre who might look to someone like me for some guidance.

    • Harvey: So there's no such thing as one too many this, one too many that. I remember, you're reminding me of early in my career, somebody said to me: why are you taking so many roles as a policeman. That's like asking a cobbler if he's made too many pairs of shoes.

    • Harvey: Stella Adler said a wonderful thing: "The analysis of the text is the education of the actor." It's not difficult to find a way to play a character once you find out who that character is.

    • Harvey: The way I see things, the way I see life, I see it as a struggle. And there's a great deal of reward I have gained coming to that understanding - that existence is a struggle.

    • Harvey: I mean, you work and you try and find the work that suits you the best and you enjoy the most.

    • Harvey: Hardly any actor objects to press. It's a question of it being done in the way they like to see it done, meaning to get down to the serious interview what the profession is so we can reach out to the people to help them get along.

    • Harvey: I don't want people to think that awards amount to the value of an actor. Real success means involvement - to engage oneself totally in something. Unless you become involved, you will stay uninvolved. If money is your god, you will accumulate money, but little else. If you seek out the experience of something...you have a good chance to have a full life.

    • Harvey: Fear is a marker I need to rise above, otherwise I would drown in my fear of myself.

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  • Great actor

    What can I say about him.. besides that he is a great and an all time talented actor?! I don't know. Maybe only praise words, but then I'll bore you.. Anyway, he is one of those old actors that you just want to kiss and squeeze (you gotta admit he is a good looking kinda old man) and love. But, as I have said, he has an enormous talent.. You just have to watch reservoir dogs and you will get the point of what I'm saying. He is one of the all time greatest talented actors ever. Among pacino or de niro. Harvey rocksmoreless
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    He was great in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. His new commercial about stealing bases is very good too. He's just one cool customer.