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Keitel entered the world of movies more or less simultaneously as
his buddy Martin Scorsese in a handful og early 1970s films. Not
strikingly beautiful but with ragged good looks and a charming
presence, Keitel often decorated roles as staunch, partly psychotic
battling both the law and themselves. Through hard work and wise
role choices, he has won acclaim as one of the best character actors
in the business. Keitel has consciously sought out new challenges when it
comes to different types of character, something he has been able to profit from in
In addition to a number of Scorsese movies, and after a calm stint
in the eighties, Keitel became somewhat of a Quentin Tarantino
favourite, starring in Reservoir
as well as Pulp
This led to a renaissance and he enjoyed a magnificent decade in the
1990s with fine parts in films
such as Bugsy,
Keitel has always been willing to embark on risky parts, and has in
addition to appearing in a series of European and Australian films
also often worked with first-time directors.
Academy Awards (Oscars)
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Bugsy
Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) learns that Mr. Orange
(Tim Roth) has been shot in the stomach:
Mr. Pink (Buscemi): "Is it bad?"
Mr. White (Keitel): "As opposed to good?"
Mr. White (Keitel) tires of hearing Joe Cabot
(Lawrence Tierney) naming asian guys from a little book:
Mr. White (grabs the book): "Give me that fucking thing!"
Joe: "Now, what the hell do you think you're doing. Give me my book
Mr. White: "I'm sick of fucking hearing it, Joe. I'll give it back
to you when we leave."
Joe: "Whadd'ya mean, when we leave? Give it back now!"
Mr. White: "For the past fifteen minutes now you've been going on
about names: Toby? Toby! Toby? Toby Wong? Toby Wong! Toby Wong? Toby
Chung? Fuckin' Charlie Chan! I've got Madonna's big dick coming outta my
left ear, and Toby I-don't-know-what coming outta my right."
Joe: "Give me that book!"
Mr. White: "Are you gonna put it away?"
Joe: "I'm gonna do whatever the fuck I want with it."
Mr. White: "Well then I'm afraid I'm gonna have to keep it."
When asked to come and help after an O.D:
The Wolf (Keitel): "That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in