Harvey Keitel

Keitel in 2002, cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

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. He has honorary Romanian citizenship.

Harvey’s paternal grandfather was named Abraham Keitel. Abraham was born in Lublin, Lubelskie.

Harvey’s paternal grandmother was named Anna.

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


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He is an honorary citizen of Romania.

  2. lelo4 says:

    he looks lebanese, like most Ashkenazi

    • andrew says:

      are you sure?

      • lelo4 says:

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

        • andrew says:

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

          • Devotion says:

            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 says:


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

          • Ziza says:

            “Levantines (like Lebanese) and Turks are not European. They’re Middle Easterners/West Asians.”

            Jews aren’t European either. They’re also Levantine.

          • andrew says:

            So Keitel looks European or Levantine? Find a question.

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