Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Career=== Keitel studied under both Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, eventually landing roles in some off-Broadway productions. During this time, Keitel met struggling filmmaker Martin Scorsese and gained a part in Scorsese's student production, ''Who's That Knocking at My Door''. Since then, Scorsese and Keitel have worked together on numerous projects. Keitel had the starring role in Scorsese's ''Mean Streets'' but this proved to be Robert De Niro's breakthrough film. He later appeared with De Niro in ''Taxi Driver'', playing the role of a pimp. Originally, Keitel was to have played the role of Captain Willard in Francis Ford Coppola's ''Apocalypse Now''; however, he was fired early in the production and replaced by Martin Sheen. After this, it was many years before he would be able to get anything other than minor roles. At the end of the 1970s, Keitel was mostly working in European films for directors such as Ridley Scott, usually in sinister character parts. Throughout the 1980s, Keitel continued to find plenty of work on both stage and screen, but was usually in the stereotypical role of a thug. This role reached its zenith when Keitel starred in Quentin Tarantino's ''Reservoir Dogs'' in 1992, where his performance as "Mr. White" relaunched his semi-slumping career. Ridley Scott also helped Keitel by casting him as the sympathetic policeman in ''Thelma and Louise'' in 1991. That same year he landed a role in ''Bugsy,'' for which he obtained an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Since then, Keitel has chosen his roles with care, seeking to change his image and show off a broader acting range. One of those roles was the title character in ''Bad Lieutenant,'' about a self-loathing police lieutenant trying to redeem himself. His decision to co-star in Jane Campion's ''The Piano'' marks the approximate beginning of this phase of Keitel's career. He played the efficient clean-up expert Winston Wolf in Quentin Tarantino's ''Pulp Fiction.'' In 1996 he landed a major role in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's film, ''From Dusk Till Dawn'', and in 1997 he starred in the crime drama ''Cop Land'', which also starred Sylvester Stallone, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. Later roles include the fatherly Satan in ''Little Nicky'', a wise Navy man in ''U-571,'' and diligent F.B.I. agent Sadusky in ''National Treasure.'' In 1999, Keitel was replaced by Sydney Pollack on the set of ''Eyes Wide Shut'', due to scheduling conflicts. He has shown a willingness to help other start-up filmmakers by appearing in their first feature film. He did this not only for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, but also Ridley Scott (''The Duellists''), Paul Schrader (''Blue Collar''), James Toback (''Fingers''), and Tony Bui (Three Seasons). He also appeared in the Steinlager Pure commercials in New Zealand in 2007. Unlike many American male actors who either never appear nude in film or only do so once, Keitel has appeared nude in several films, including full frontal nudity in ''Bad Lieutenant'' and ''The Piano''. In January 2008, Keitel played Jerry Springer in the New York City premiere of ''Jerry Springer: The Opera'' at Carnegie Hall. It was announced in July 2008 that Keitel had been cast in the role of Detective Gene Hunt in ABC's new series [[Life on Mars]]. In 2002 at the Moscow International Film Festival Keitel was honored with the Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Life on Mars Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://life-on-mars.fandom.com/wiki/Harvey_Keitel"