Robert De Niro

Birthday: Aug 17, 1943
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Considered one of the best actors of his generation, Robert De Niro built a durable star career out of his formidable ability to disappear into a character. The son of artists, De Niro was raised in New York's Greenwich Village. The young man made his stage debut at age 10, playing the Cowardly Lion in his school's production of The Wizard of Oz. Along with finding relief from shyness through performing, De Niro was also entranced by the movies, and he quit high school at age 16 to pursue acting. Studying under Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, De Niro learned how to immerse himself in a character emotionally and physically. After laboring in off-off-Broadway productions in the early '60s, De Niro was cast alongside fellow novice Jill Clayburgh in film-school graduate Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party (1969). He followed this with small movies like Greetings, Hi, Mom!, Sam's Song, and Bloody Mama.De Niro's professional life took an auspicious turn, however, when he was re-introduced to former Little Italy acquaintance Martin Scorsese at a party in 1972. Sharing a love of movies as well as their neighborhood background, De Niro and Scorsese hit it off. De Niro was immediately interested when Scorsese asked him about appearing in his new film, Mean Streets, conceived as a grittier, more authentic portrait of the Mafia than The Godfather. De Niro's appearance in the film made waves with critics, as did his completely different performance as a dying simple-minded catcher in the quiet baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973). Francis Ford Coppola was impressed enough by Mean Streets to cast De Niro as the young Vito Corleone in the early 1900s portion of The Godfather Part II. Closely studying Brando's Oscar-winning performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather, and perfecting his accent for speaking his lines in subtitled Sicilian, De Niro was so effective as the lethally ambitious and lovingly paternal Corleone that he took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role.De Niro next headed to Europe to star in Bernardo Bertolucci's opus, 1900 (1976) before returning to the U.S. to collaborate with Scorsese on the far leaner (and meaner) production, Taxi Driver. After working for two weeks as a Manhattan cabbie and losing weight, De Niro transformed himself into disturbed "God's lonely man" Travis Bickle. One of the definitive films of the decade, Taxi Driver earned the Cannes Film Festival's top prize and several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and De Niro's first nod for Best Actor. Controversy erupted about the film's violence, however, when would-be presidential assassin John W. Hinckley cited Taxi Driver as a formative influence in 1981.De Niro and Scorsese would reteam for the lavish musical New York, New York (1977), and though the film was a complete flop, De Niro quickly recovered with another risky and ambitious project, Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978). One of the first wave of Vietnam movies, The Deer Hunter starred De Niro as one of three Pennsylvania steel-town friends thrown into the war's inferno who emerged as profoundly changed men. Though the film provoked an uproar over its portrayal of Viet Cong violence as (literally) Russian roulette, The Deer Hunter won several Oscars.Returning to the realm of more personal violence, De Niro followed The Deer Hunter with his and Scorsese's masterpiece, Raging Bull, a tragic portrait of boxer [%Ray La Motta]. Along with his notorious 60-pound weight gain that rendered him unrecognizable as the middle-aged Jake, De Niro also trained so intensely for the outstanding fight scenes that La Motta himself stated that De Niro could have boxed professionally. Along with his physical dedication, De Niro won over critics with his ability to humanize La Motta without softening him. Raging Bull received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.Though he was well suited to star in Sergio Leone's epic homage to gangster films, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), L

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Artemis Fowl Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet Joker Murray Franklin 2019
No Score Yet The Irishman Producer Frank Sheeran 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody Producer 2018
No Score Yet The War with Grandpa Actor 2018
74% The Wizard of Lies Bernie Madoff Executive Producer 2017
24% The Comedian Jackie $1.7M 2017
No Score Yet The Words That Built America Actor 2017
No Score Yet One Night Only: Alec Baldwin Actor 2017
44% Hands of Stone Ray Arcel $4.8M 2016
No Score Yet I Am JFK Jr. Actor 2016
11% Dirty Grandpa Dick Kelly $34.7M 2016
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic Young Vito Corleone 2016
60% Joy Rudy $42.6M 2015
29% Heist Pope $29.2K 2015
60% The Intern Ben Whittaker $60.9M 2015
67% The Man Who Saved the World Actor 2015
No Score Yet Ellis Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Audition Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Good House Actor 2015
No Score Yet Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. Actor 2014
9% The Bag Man Dragna $49.3K 2014
No Score Yet Candy Store Actor 2014
No Score Yet Spy's Kid Actor 2014
31% Grudge Match Billy "The Kid" McDonnen $14.9M 2013
45% Last Vegas Paddy $51.5M 2013
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
28% The Family Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni $34.7M 2013
11% Killing Season Benjamin Ford $28.2K 2013
7% The Big Wedding Don Griffin $21.6M 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
50% The Comedian Actor 2013
92% Silver Linings Playbook Pat Sr. $132.1M 2012
No Score Yet Freelancers Sarcone 2012
30% Red Lights Simon Silver $49.8K 2012
51% Being Flynn Jonathan Flynn $0.6M 2012
No Score Yet Lombardi Vince Lombardi 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Robert De Niro $7.5K 2011
7% New Year's Eve Stan Harris $54.6M 2011
26% Killer Elite Hunter $25.1M 2011
69% Limitless Carl Van Loon $79.3M 2011
No Score Yet The Ages of Love Adrian 2011
9% Little Fockers Jack Byrnes Producer $148.4M 2010
49% Stone Jack Mabry $1.8M 2010
72% Machete The Senator $26.3M 2010
No Score Yet Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days Actor 2010
47% Everybody's Fine Frank Goode $8.9M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
18% Righteous Kill Tuck $40M 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
50% What Just Happened? Ben Producer $1.1M 2008
76% Stardust Captain Shakespeare $38.3M 2007
22% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) King $15.1M 2007
No Score Yet Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Actor 2007
54% The Good Shepherd Producer Director Bill Sullivan $59.9M 2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic Actor 2006
46% Rent Producer $29.1M 2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey Archbishop of Peru 2005
13% Hide and Seek David Callaway $51.2M 2005
39% Meet the Fockers Jack Byrnes Producer $279.2M 2004
64% Stage Beauty Producer $0.8M 2004
36% Shark Tale Don Lino $160.8M 2004
No Score Yet Biography Actor 2004
4% Godsend Dr. Richard Wells $14.3M 2003
27% Analyze That Paul Vitti $32.1M 2002
47% City by the Sea Det. Vincent La Marca $22.4M 2002
93% About a Boy Producer $40.6M 2002
25% Showtime Mitch Preston $38M 2002
No Score Yet 9/11 Host 2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes Actor 2001
73% The Score Nick $70.4M 2001
No Score Yet Prison Song Producer 2001
32% 15 Minutes Eddie Fleming $24.2M 2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart Producer Executive Producer 2000
42% Men of Honor Billy Sunday 2000
84% Meet the Parents Jack Byrnes Producer $164.5M 2000
44% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Producer Fearless Leader $0.5M 2000
43% Flawless Walt Koontz 1999
40% Entropy Producer 1999
70% Analyze This Paul Vitti 1999
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth Narrator 1998
68% Ronin Sam 1998
37% Great Expectations Prisoner/Lustig 1998
87% Jackie Brown Louis Gara 1997
85% Wag the Dog Producer Conrad Brean 1997
74% Cop Land Moe Tilden 1997
84% Marvin's Room Producer Dr. Wally 1996
73% Sleepers Father Bobby 1996
34% The Fan Gil Renard 1996
7% Faithful Producer 1996
86% Heat Neil McCauley 1995
79% Casino Sam "Ace" Rothstein 1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Actor for a Day 1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Creature 1994
77% Mad Dog and Glory Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie 1993
76% This Boy's Life Dwight 1993
97% A Bronx Tale Producer 1993
57% Night and the City Harry Fabian 1992
88% Thunderheart Producer 1992
No Score Yet Stella Adler: Awake and Dream! Actor 1992
75% Cape Fear Max Cady 1991
72% Mistress Producer Wright 1991
74% Backdraft Donald Rimgale 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion David Merrill 1991
68% The Godfather, Part III Actor 1990
88% Awakenings Leonard Lowe 1990
96% GoodFellas James Conway 1990
33% Stanley & Iris Stanley Everett Cox 1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
47% We're No Angels Executive Producer Ned 1989
64% Jacknife Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey 1989
96% Midnight Run Jack Walsh 1988
81% The Untouchables Al Capone 1987
77% Angel Heart Louis Cyphre 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Co-narrator 1987
63% The Mission Mendoza 1986
98% Brazil Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle 1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Jon Lovitz Actor 1985
58% Falling in Love Frank Raftis 1984
86% Once Upon a Time in America David "Noodles" Aaronson 1984
91% The King of Comedy Rupert Pupkin 1983
75% True Confessions Father Des Spellacy 1981
95% Raging Bull Jake LaMotta 1980
No Score Yet The Swap Actor 1979
94% The Deer Hunter Michael 1978
No Score Yet Bertolucci secondo il cinema (The Cinema According to Bertolucci) Actor 1977
50% 1900 (Novecento) Alfredo Berlinghieri 1977
59% New York, New York Jimmy Doyle 1977
44% The Last Tycoon Monroe Stahr 1976
98% Taxi Driver Travis Bickle 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
97% The Godfather, Part II Vito Corleone 1974
92% Bang The Drum Slowly Bruce Pearson 1973
96% Mean Streets Johnny Boy 1973
No Score Yet Jennifer on My Mind Gypsy cab driver 1972
0% The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Mario 1971
33% Born to Win Danny 1971
17% Bloody Mama Lloyd Barker 1970
73% Hi, Mom! Jon Rubin 1970
No Score Yet Sam's Song Sam 1969
No Score Yet The Wedding Party Cecil 1969
87% Greetings Jon Rubin 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
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0% The Alec Baldwin Show
2018
Guest
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No Score Yet Today
2017
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  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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No Score Yet The View
1997
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No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest Appearing
  • 2016
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50% NYC 22
2012
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2016
  • 2012
74% About a Boy
2014-2015
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2015
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No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2014
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
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No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994-2018
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
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  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
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No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
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  • 2012
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Guest Host
  • 2010
  • 2004
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89% Extras
2005-2007
Robert De Niro
  • 2007
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Appearing
  • 2005
100% Tribeca
1993
Executive Producer
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Movies
2019

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