(written from a Production point of view)
Kivel made his film debut in the 1984 baseball drama The Natural, in which Mike Starr also appeared. The following year, he appeared in the action comedy Turk 182!, starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Sorvino and also featuring Tucker Smallwood. That same year, he appeared in an episode of Hill Street Blues with Barbara Bosson and future TNG co-star Brent Spiner. He also appeared in the 1985 science fiction TV movie The Steel Collar Men with Paul Dooley, Robert O'Reilly, Charles Rocket, and Biff Yeager. He was next seen as a drug user in the hit 1986 comedy Crocodile Dundee and made two appearances on Full House in 1990.
In 1991, he and Star Trek: Voyager guest actor Willie Garson played "nitwit executives" in the film Soapdish, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Teri Hatcher. The following year, Kivel appeared in Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Michael McKean, Rosalind Chao, Ellen Albertini Dow, Sam Anderson, and Aaron Lustig. Also during the early 90s, he had a recurring role on the television drama Civil Wars. Although he only made three appearances on the show, he worked with numerous other Star Trek performers: Jenette Goldstein, Martha Hackett, Jennifer Hetrick, Sharon Lawrence, Kenneth Mars, Gail Strickland, and George D. Wallace.
The remainder of his work consists of roles in the films Coneheads (1993), Bound (1996), and One Fine Day (1996), and appearances on Murphy Brown (1992 and 1997), L.A. Law (1993, with Daniel Benzali, Corbin Bernsen, and Larry Drake), Murder One (1995, with Daniel Benzali, John Fleck, Miriam Flynn, Stanley Kamel, Randy Oglesby, and Kevin Tighe), Brooklyn South (1998, with Christopher Darga, James B. Sikking, and Titus Welliver), Judging Amy (2002, with Clarence Williams III), and Scrubs (2003, with Ken Jenkins and D. Elliot Woods).
His most recent appearance as an actor was the 2005 short drama Still Life. In 2011 Kivel worked as director, executive producer, and editor on the short drama Three Sides.