KEITEL's (Chief Klough) filmography includes such films as Jane Campion's
The Piano (which shared the Palme d'Or Award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival
and also garnered Keitel an Australian Best Actor Award); Abel Ferrara's Bad
Lieutenant (for which he won an Independent Feature Project Award for Best
Actor); Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets; Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction; and Wayne Wang's Smoke.
He was voted
Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critics for his work in
Alan Rudolph's Mortal Thoughts, Ridley Scott's Thelma And Louise and Barry
Levinson's Bugsy, and also received an Academy AwardÂ® nomination as Best
Supporting Actor for the latter. He received Italy's David di Donatello Award
for Best Foreign Actor for his performance in Smoke, the Piper-Heidsick Award as
Best Actor at the 1994 Boston Film Festival, and was honored for the excellence
of his life's work at the San Francisco International Film Festival, in
conjunction with his starring role in Theo Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze, which
also received the Grand Prix Award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
his debut in Martin Scorsese's Who's That Knocking At My Door and the subsequent
Mean Streets (1973), which launched both of their careers, Keitel has also
starred for the director in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver and The
Last Temptation Of Christ.
renowned for the support he has provided to young and first time filmmakers,
notably: Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader (Blue Collar), Alan Rudolph (Welcome
To LA), Ridley Scott (The Duellists), James Toback (Fingers), Susanna Styron
(Shadrach), Paul Auster (Lulu on the Bridge) and Tony Bui (Three Seasons).
He has also
worked with such European directors as Nicholas Roeg (Bad Timing: A Sensual
Obsession); Bernard Tavernier (Deathwatch); Ettore Scola (La Nuit de Varennes);
Lina Wertmuller (A Complicated Story of Streets, Crime and Women); and Giovanni
Veronesi (Il Mio West).
Brooklyn, New York, Keitel turned to acting after having served in the United
States Marine Corps, studying with Frank Corsaro, Lee Strasberg and Stella
He is a
member of the Actor's Studio and has worked extensively in the New York theater
community. He began working off-off Broadway, in theaters such as CafĂ© La MaMa,
and then made his off-Broadway debut in Sam Shepard's Up To Thursday at the
Cherry Lane Theatre. In 1975, Keitel made his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's
Death Of A Salesman. He returned to Broadway in 1984 in David Rabe's Hurlyburly,
which was directed by Mike Nichols. The following year, he appeared in Sam
Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind.
his many other feature film credits are Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the
Indians, Mother, Jugs & Speed, The Border, Sister Act, James Toback's The
Pick-Up Artist, Jack Nich
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