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Harvey Keitel Suing E*Trade for $1.5 Million

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A careless shepherd makes an excellent dinner for the Wolfe.

Iconic actor Harvey Keitel, who is oft-remembered for his calm, collected, and cool persona as Winston Wolfe in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, is suing the financial services corporation E*Trade for $1.5 million.

The 76-year-old New York native, whose film and TV career started in the 1960s, was approached by E*Trade early in 2014, according to TMZ, and was offered a position as spokesman, after actor Christopher Walken expressed he was uninterested in the role.

Keitel accepted the terms of a contract that would have made him the face of the company for a three commercial deal, until two days later, when E*Trade backed out and informed the star it was “moving in a different direction” with its latest ad campaign.

TMZ reports Keitel was given no explanation for the sudden move, was offered $150,000 to walk away, and is now suing for the full sum of $1.5 million.

The actor reportedly said E*Trade called the deal “firm and binding,” and intends to hold them to it.

Keitel has acted in a slew of roles in both film and TV since 1966.

He first appeared as a German soldier in an episode of Hogan’s Heroes, and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1992 for his role as Mickey Cohen in Bugsy.


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