HARVEY KEITEL is well known for compellingly intense and varied performances. His riveting role as the husband in Jane Campion's Academy Award-winning The Piano earned him an Australian Best Actor Award. Keitel was also 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, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. Other memorable recent roles include two for Quentin Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs (which he co-produced) and Pulp Fiction, as well as Smoke for Wayne Wang (which garnered Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor, among others) and Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, for which he won an Independent Feature Project Award for Best Actor. He was last seen in Campion's Holy Smoke and in the submarine action drama U-571. Keitel also recently drew attention for the daring television production of "Fail Safe."
Keitel made his debut in Martin Scorsese's Who's That Knocking at My Door and went on to star in Scorsese's classic urban drama of small-time hoods, Mean Streets. Keitel also teamed with Scorsese on Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Among his other film credits are Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Sister Act
with Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Nicholson's The Two Jakes, Point of No Return, Rising
Sun, Blue in the Face, Imaginary Crimes, The Border, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Spike
Lee's Clockers, James Toback's The Pick-Up Artist, Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Til
Dawn, Fairy Tale: A True Story and Prince of Central Park. Forthcoming for Keitel is
Joel Silverman's Nailed, Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone and Juan Gerard's
Dreaming of Julia.
Together with his partner Peggy Gormley, Keitel has his own film production company, The Goatsingers, which has a first look deal with Kinoweit USA, The U.S. production
arm of Munich — based Kinowelt Medien AG. The Goatsingers served as executive producers on Tony
Bui's Three Seasons, winner or the Grand Jury Prize and audience Award at 1999's Sundance Film Festival, and Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Blue In The Face, both of which Keitel appeared in. Keitel also served as co-producer on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
The Goatsingers, working out of their New York office, is currently involved in the development of a number of projects. Included among those are The Grey Zone, which is currently in production, by Tim Blake Nelson, which The Goatsingers is executive producing with Christine Vachon producing. Henry and the Second Gunman by Tom Leopold, being co-produced by the Goatsingers and Leopold, and Dreaming of Julia by Juan Gerard and Letvia Arza-Goderich, which The Goatsingers are producing with Letvia Arza-Goderich, Andy Pfeffer and Bonnie Timmermann. Also on The Goatsingers' slate is Johnny Jump-Up by Tony Kavanagh, which is being co-produced with Parallel Films in Dublin and Mean by Carla Miles, being co-produced with Ruth Chamy.
Keitel is 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 (LuIu 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 Tavemier (Deathwatch); Ettore Scola (La Nuit de Varennes); and Lina Wertmuller (A Co
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