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Creator / Harvey Keitel

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"I mean, you work and you try and find the work that suits you the best and you enjoy the most."

Consummate badass actor Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City), has been acting in films since 1967. He also played Gene Hunt in the American version of Life On Mars; much like Philip Glenister in the British original, he was the best thing on the show. A former United States Marine, he is frequently revered as one of cinema's greatest actors for badass roles that nevertheless require emotional range, possibly equaling Robert De Niro despite his lack of awards.

Interestingly, mathematical research has proven him to be the center of the Hollywood universe. No, not Kevin Bacon (Bacon is still pretty close, though; he's in the 99th percentile). He only recently took over from the late Dennis Hopper.


Harvey Keitel's film roles include:

Tropes Associated With Keitel

  • Adam Westing: Kinda. He plays his character Winston Wolfe from Pulp Fiction in a number of adverts for Direct Line Insurance in the UK. The basic premise is Winston Wolfe coming to the aid of some beleaguered Briton with a home or car insurance problem, initially intimidating them with his Mafioso type swagger and then amicably reassuring them that Direct Line with handle their problems.
  • Dawson Casting: An interesting case in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The film has his character (who is roughly 27 years old) attempting to seduce the titular character (who is 35) with some difficulty, as the latter is worried about the age gap. Harvey Keitel, though, was roughly 35 at the time of filming. Despite this, the film is still able to pull off the age disparity, since Ellen Burstyn was actually 42 when she played Alice.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: One of the most memorable aspects of The Piano. Also did it in Mean Streets and Bad Lieutenant.
  • Typecast: As mobsters or members of the Mafia.
  • What Could Have Been: Keitel was originally cast as Willard in Apocalypse Now, but sacked after a week of shooting and replaced by Martin Sheen.


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