Harvey Keitel tells his life story

Harvey Keitel goes way back with Martin Scorsese — from “Mean Streets” to "The Irishman" — as well as Quentin Tarantino and Robert De Niro. Here, the legendary actor shares some of the most memorable moments in his career.

Meet Harvey Keitel

A former Marine who became a muse to Martin Scorsese, he co-produced Quentin Tarantino’s first film, he has acted in nearly 120 movies: This is Harvey Keitel. Harvey Keitel was born in 1939 in New York City to a Romanian mother and a Polish father. He started working on his acting skills according to the Actor’s Studio method, which involves experiencing emotions rather than performing them. It was by chance and thanks to a mutual friend that he met Robert De Niro. At 27, he met Martin Scorsese, who offered him his first movie role.

Tough Break

In 1972, he was the one to convince Robert De Niro to accept the role of Johnny Boy in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets. At 34, he persuaded Martin Scorsese to offer him the role of the pimp in Taxi Driver and prepared for the role with a former pimp he met in his neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen. In 1976, he started filming Apocalypse Now in the Philippines. After 3 weeks, however, director Francis Ford Coppola decided to replace him with Martin Sheen.

The Big Break

In the early 1990s, he decided to co-produce Reservoir Dogs, the first film from Quentin Tarantino, in which he played the leading role. At 53, when he had mostly played supporting characters, his lauded performances in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Bad Lieutenant" began to earn him leading roles in films such as "The Piano." At 57, he left the set of "Eyes Wide Shut" before the end of the shoot, and Stanley Kubrick chose Sydney Pollack as his replacement. Rumors swirled about the reasons for his departure.

Acting with Friends

In both 2012 and 2014, he appeared in films by director Wes Anderson: "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." At 74, he made an appearance in the video for the Beyoncé song "Pretty Hurts." At 80, he again joined forces with his friends Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in "The Irishman" produced by Netflix.


12/16/2019 11:19 AM


  • Patricia T.
    03/16/2021 02:10

    I pseudo met you at Brut productions many years ago. You walked in with another man. I was covering the entry desk. I associate that with some very good work you’ve done. Best wishes.

  • Terry R.
    12/31/2019 13:46

    You guys make good cologne 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Tyrone T.
    12/30/2019 07:58

    Winston Wolf!

  • Dwayne B.
    12/29/2019 03:00


  • Jim G.
    12/29/2019 00:31

    Big fan of his !

  • Szonya C.
    12/26/2019 18:43

    He's an excellent and great actor

  • Aimee H.
    12/26/2019 17:17

    "I really think I'm living it."

  • Viorel R.
    12/26/2019 12:01

    Romanian 🇷🇴

  • Marquies H.
    12/24/2019 15:54


  • Rafael V.
    12/24/2019 15:37

    gigantee harvey!!

  • Ezekiel T.
    12/24/2019 00:45

    Whenever a pimp comes into my mind, I think of Harvey keitel.

  • Mark H.
    12/23/2019 18:09

    Um. "Who's that knocking at my door "?

  • Edson M.
    12/23/2019 16:03

    Good actor

  • Michael L.
    12/23/2019 04:14

    He left EYES WIDE SHUT because he didn't liked how Stanley Kubrick worked which is repeat a scene multiple times until the scene was perfect.

  • Στελλα Α.
    12/22/2019 23:09

    Αγαπημένος ηθοποιός!!!!

  • Barry L.
    12/22/2019 15:01

    Pulp fiction..the Wolf.

  • Dheeraj P.
    12/22/2019 07:38

    One important role you missed out was his lead role in 'Ulysses Gaze' of Theo Angelopoulos. Probably the most critically acclaimed role he ever did also won him an Oscar nomination.

  • Sebastião L.
    12/21/2019 04:01

    I love you, Harvey! I love you too much! 👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Javier A.
    12/19/2019 14:44

    Salud, Mister Wolf.!!

  • Brian M.
    12/19/2019 13:16

    From dusk til dawn?

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