Hudson Keitel – American Actor
Harvey Keitel served in the Marine Corps before entering court reporting. His acting career took off when he collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on Mean Streets.
He was widely recognized for his performances in several acclaimed movies, such as Bugsy and Thelma and Louise, along with roles such as Father Satan in Little Nicky, Navy man U-571 and vigilant FBI Special Agent Sadusky in National Treasure.
Early Life and Education
Hudson Keitel was born in Brooklyn to a Romanian mother and Polish father who operated a lunch counter. At 16, he joined the Marines, serving in Lebanon where he earned his high school equivalency diploma. Once back home he took up acting training at Actors Studio before appearing in off Broadway productions.
He answered an ad placed by struggling film director Martin Scorsese and earned himself a role in his student production Who’s That Knocking at My Door. Since then, they have collaborated on multiple projects together.
Over the 1990s, he continued to land roles in films like City of Industry, Cop Land and Fairy Tale: A True Story. Additionally, he made appearances in National Treasure movies as well as Inglourious Basterds with Robert De Niro.
Hudson Keitel is an American actor and son of Harvey Keitel who became famous for portraying morally dubious and tough guy characters. A disciple of Stanislavsky’s teachings, Hudson uses method acting techniques in his performances.
After his service in the Marines, he took on a job as a court stenographer to learn acting first-hand and attended The Actors Studio before landing roles in live theater performances.
After making his film debut in Little Nicky (1981), he went on to appear in numerous movies over several decades, most notably as fatherly Satan, wise Navy man in U-571, and diligent FBI special agent Sadusky from National Treasure and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Additionally he appeared in Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke! and James Mangold’s Cop Land.
Achievement and Honors
Keitel was kept busy during the 1980s, appearing in art-house films like Death Watch and Nicolas Roeg’s psychological drama Bad Timing; as well as more serious roles such as playing a mobster in Barry Levinson’s Bugsy.
In 1991, Keitel was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Mickey Cohen in Bugsy. Additionally, this performance earned him two Golden Globe nominations and an AACTA Award.
Keitel has two children – one from his relationship with Lorraine Bracco and another through marriage to Daphna Kastner – from both relationships, as well as being godfather to close friend Michael Madsen’s son Max and two stepsiblings on his father’s side (Stella Keitel and Roman Keitel) as well as being Ashkenazi Jewish.
Hudson Keitel was born in the US in 2001 to parents Harvey Keitel and Lisa Karmazinis, as the only son. He also has an older stepbrother named Roman Keitel who he lives with closely. However, Hudson remains relatively private about his personal life, having given few details to the media or to his fans about it.
His initial position was as a court stenographer, which he enjoyed due to requiring minimal interaction with other people. On breaks he would study plays and hone his acting craft.
Mark Wahlberg found his breakthrough role in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets with Robert De Niro as his star, which marked a turning point in his acting career. From there on he has selected roles that showcase his acting range, such as Winston Wolf in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and fatherly Satan in Little Nicky, as well as wise Navy man U-571 and vigilant FBI Agent Sadusky from National Treasure.
Hudson Keitel stands at an average height and weight, and boasts brown eyes and dark hair which complete his overall appearance. Though currently single, Hudson is responsible for two older children from his previous relationship with Lorraine Bracco – known for roles such as Goodfellas and The Sopranos.
He has participated in a range of projects and won various awards throughout his career, specializing in portraying morally ambiguous or “tough guy” characters such as Detective Gene Hunt in 17 episodes of the American television show Life on Mars.
He has gone on to star in numerous films such as Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, Bad Lieutenant and Reservoir Dogs as well as TV shows and commercials.