- Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959.
- Worked as a shoe salesman and a court stenographer.
- Studied at the Actors Studio in New York.
- Starred as Bugsy Siegel in the made-for-TV movie The Virginia Hill Story (1974) and subsequently played gangster Mickey Cohen opposite Warren Beatty's portrayal of Siegel in 1991's big-screen flick, Bugsy.
- His larger-than-life roles have included Satan, Judas Iscariot, Harry Houdini and Thomas Paine.
- Appeared in Get Shorty (1995) as himself but played a character in its sequel, Be Cool (2005).
- In 2008, played the title role in the Carnegie Hall production of Jerry Springer: The Opera.
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1993, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
- 1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Winner
- 2016, International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement Award (International): Winner
- 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Daphne Kastner — Wife
- Stella Keitel — Daughter
- Harry Keitel — Father
- Jerry Keitel — Brother
- Miriam Keitel — Mother
- Lorraine Bracco — Ex-wife
- Lisa Karmazin — Ex-significant Other
- Hudson Keitel — Son
- Roman Keitel — Son
- Renee — Sister
- Birth Name: Harvey Johannes Keitel
- Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
- Profession: Actor, Producer
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