Harvey received an Sattelite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for his role as Gene Hunt on Life on Mars.
Harvey made a cameo in the music video for Garland Jeffreys' 1983 hit "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)."
In 1995, he was voted one of the Sexiest Stars in film history (#95) by Empire Magazine.
He ranked #37 in Empire Magazine's "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
He's 5' 7½" tall (1.71 m).
He attended Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School in Brooklyn, but dropped out to join the Marines.
Harvey has appeared in several films nude, including full frontal nudity.
He met his second wife, Daphna Kastner, at the Toronto film festival in 2001. They got married three weeks later in Jerusalem and now have one child together.
Robert DeNiro is one of his good friend.
He married his first spouse, Lorraine Bracco, in 1982, but they divorced in 1993. They have one daughter together, Stella Keitel.
In 1998, he was listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors.
Before being an actor, he was working as a court stenographer for about 10 years. He also worked as a salesman in a women's shoestore.
Back in 1999, he was dating Andie MacDowell.
He served in the U.S. Marines.
He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 24th Istanbul Film Festival on 16 April 2005.
He graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York city, under Dean James Lipton.
He is Godfather to Michael Madsen's son Max.
Harvey Keitel is of fully Jewish-Polish heritage.
Appears in Get Shorty (1995) and its sequel, Be Cool (2005), but in two completely different parts.
His last name is pronounced (kuh-taal).
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.