The Jewish-American actor Harvey Keitel married the actress/director Dafna Gesner on Sunday night in Jerusalem. Keitel landed in Israel on Friday, as the guest of honor at the 17th annual International Film Festival in Haifa.
Keitel proposed to Gesner at the Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa, in the presence of Minister Roni Milo, Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna and Jewish-American producers Avi Lerner and Danny Dimbert. The ceremony, which was performed by a reform rabbi, took place in Jerusalem. After the ceremony, Keitel and Gesner visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem dressed in dark clothing. Keitel wore a red skullcap.
Gesner, 40, is the daughter of Israeli parents who live in the United States. She recently starred in the film "Eden," - Israeli director Amos Gitai's latest film. Keitel, 60, was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn. His father sold sewing machines and his mother worked in a cafeteria. He was thrown out of school at 16, and served in the Marines for three years. At the age of 25, he answered a notice posted by a student called Martin Scorcese who was looking for actors to star in one of his movies.
He then proceeded to star in many more Scorcese movies, including "The Last Temptation of Christ," and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." He also starred in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," by Quentin Tarantino.Keitel arrived in Israel in order to attend the showing of his new movie, "The Gray Zone," in which he portrays a Nazi officer in charge of a Zonderkommando unit in a World War II concentration camp.