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Archive for May 13, 2011

Harvey Keitel

Born 72 years ago today, Harvey Keitel came to prominence in the early 70’s after working in theatre for around ten years. He worked in early Scorsese films ‘Who’s that Knocking At My Door?’ (1967) ‘Mean Streets’ (1973), ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ (1974) and ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976). He seemed to fade into anonymity in the eighties even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America’s leading directors. However he reemerged into star status with his role as Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and Abel Ferrara’s ‘Bad Lieutenant’ (both 1992) and ‘The Piano’ (1993). He worked again for Tarantino in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) and alongside him as an actor in ‘From Dusk ‘Till Dawn’ (1996). His status intact, Keitel has forged a career in supporting roles over the last 15 years, regularly stealing the limelight. He made the excellent and underrated ‘Cop Land’ (1997) which is one of my favourite movies of that decade, the cast list is incredible. Happy birthday Harvey.