His last name is pronounced "ky-tel".
Operates his own film production company, The Goatsingers, with partner Peggy Gormley.
Played a "cleaner" in both Point of No Return (1993) (Victor the Cleaner) and in Pulp Fiction (1994) (Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe").
Worked as a court stenographer in NYC for about 10 years while he was a struggling actor.
Although he frequently plays Italian-American characters, Keitel is of Polish and Romanian Jewish heritage.
He was originally cast as Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979). He was let go from the film, just two weeks into filming due to creative differences with director Francis Ford Coppola. Martin Sheen replaced him.
Met second wife, Daphna Kastner at the Toronto film festival on 11 September 2001 and married her in a secret ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel three weeks later (7 October).
Listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors. (1998)
A member of The Actors Studio, had studied with Frank Corsaro, Lee Strasberg & Stella Adler.
Presented good friend and fellow actor Michael Madsen with the inaugural Rebel Award for his past, present and ongoing commitment to independent film at Rebelfest 2005, Toronto.
Has a son, Hudson, born to then girlfriend Lisa Karmazin, a potter in California, in the summer of 2001.
Shares two roles with Dennis Farina. At the end of Get Shorty (1995), he plays the Dennis Farina character in the movie-within-a-movie. Farina also originated the role of Jack Crawford in Manhunter (1986), a role that Keitel played in the remake Red Dragon (2002).
Dated Andie MacDowell. (1999)
Has demonstrated extraordinary enthusiasm for working with first-time directors, from Martin Scorsese in 1968 to Ridley Scott, Paul Schrader, James Toback, Quentin Tarantino, and in 1999, Vietnamese-American Tony Bui.
Ranked #37 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
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