Harvey Keitel

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1939

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer. His mother, Miriam (Klein), was a Romanian Jewish emigrant, from Leordina. His father, Harry Keitel, was a Polish Jewish emigrant. His father immigrated to the U.S. c. 1920, and his mother c. 1929.

Harvey is married to Canadian actress, writer, and director Daphna Kastner. He has a son with Daphna, a daughter with his former partner, actress Lorraine Bracco, and a son with his former partner, Lisa Karmazin.

Harvey’s paternal grandparents were Abraham Keitel and Anna. Abraham was born in Lublin, Lubelskie.

Sources: Genealogy of Harvey Keitel (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Harvey’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm

he looks lebanese, like most Ashkenazi

andrew October 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

are you sure?

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

yes, i don’t know why people think Lebanese should look like Saudis.

andrew October 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I know. He doesn’t look “Levantine” at all, though.

Devotion October 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Do you realize that there isn’t just one Levantine “look”? He looks exactly like my uncle and his (male) side of the family. And they’re Lebanese. So many more older Lebanese men look like that.

You need to meet more Levantines and Turks. I bet you’re mostly around Italians, Mestizos, Irish and English people or something. And I don’t blame you.

andrew November 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm


Levantines (like Lebanese) and Turks are not European. They’re Middle Easterners/West Asians. Harvey Keitel looks European.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:20 am

Thought he was Italian or Sicilian. Something about his NY accent I guess.

andrew January 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

great actor

nnnnn October 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

In other words, Golda Meir is just lituanish.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

He is better than De Niro.


gilbert September 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm

He was born to Romanian Jewish mother and Polish Jewish father


ethnic September 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

thanks gilbert!

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