Lieutenant Gene Hunt on the ABC Television Network's "Life on Mars"
Academy Award-nominated actor Harvey Keitel takes on his first regular series television role, portraying the tough head of the homicide department, Lieutenant Gene Hunt, on ABC's new drama "Life on Mars."
Keitel first gained recognition with a series of gritty roles in the early films of Martin Scorsese. He and Scorsese made their onscreen feature debuts with "Who's That Knocking at My Door" (1968), in which Keitel played Scorsese's alter ego. Five years later they collaborated on "Mean Streets," then on a series of subsequent partnerships through the '70's, including "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974) and "Taxi Driver" (1976), which were some of the decade's most memorable films. Keitel teamed up with Robert Altman in his 1976 Western comedy "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," and then took on the starring role in James Toback's haunting psychological drama, "Fingers" (1978). In 1988 he was cast as Judas in Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ." However it was his role as a sympathetic detective in "Thelma & Louise" in 1991 that proved to be a turning point in his career. His Oscar nomination for his portrayal of gangster Mickey Cohen in "Bugsy" (1991) put him in the forefront on the big screen. And his work in 1992's "Bad Lieutenant," for which he received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor, as well as in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Sister Act," further established him as an actor of remarkable versatility. In 1993 he starred in Jane Campion's critically acclaimed exotic art drama, "The Piano," with Holly Hunter.
Keitel has turned out one solid performance after another in such films as "Pulp Fiction" (1994), Spike Lee's "Clockers" (1995), Theodoros Angelopoulos' "Ulysses' Gaze" (1995), which was awarded Cannes' Grand Prize of the Jury, "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), directed by Robert Rodriguez, and "Cop Land" (1997), directed by James Mangold. One of his most memorable characterizations, that of cigar shop owner Auggie Wren, came from his 1995 collaboration with writer Paul Auster and director Wayne Wang on "Smoke" and "Blue in the Face," which Auster wrote and Wang directed. He was also seen in Tony Bui's "Three Seasons" and Jane Campion's "Holy Smoke," opposite Kate Winslet, and next stars in Franc. Reyes' "The Ministers," which is scheduled for release this winter.
On television Keitel appeared as John O'Neill in ABC's 2006 miniseries "The Path to 9/11," which detailed the events leading up to the U.S. terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Keitel studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. He is one of the co-presidents of The Actors' Studio. His on-stage career has illuminated off-off Broadway, off-Broadway and famed Broadway productions such as "A Lie of the Mind," written and directed by Sam Shepard, which won the 1985-86 New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play, and the 1985 Tony Award-winning "Hurlyburly," written by David Rabe and directed by
Mike Nichols. In January 2008, Keitel starred as Jerry Springer in "Jerry Springer — The Opera," in concert at Carnegie Hall, directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore ("Avenue Q") and written by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas.
HOMETOWN Brooklyn, NY
BIRTHDATE May 13