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Robert De Niro



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.



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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet The War with Grandpa
  • Actor
2017
27% The Comedian
  • Jackie
2017
No Score Yet The Wizard of Lies
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2017
45% Hands of Stone
  • Ray Arcel
2016
No Score Yet I Am JFK Jr.
  • Actor
2016
10% Dirty Grandpa
  • Dick Kelly
2016
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Young Vito Corleone
2016
60% Joy
  • Rudy
2015
26% Heist
  • Pope
2015
62% The Intern
  • Ben Whittaker
2015
64% The Man Who Saved the World
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Good House
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Artemis Fowl
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet The Audition
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.
  • Actor
2014
9% The Bag Man
  • Dragna
2014
No Score Yet Candy Store
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Spy's Kid
  • Actor
2014
29% Grudge Match
  • Billy "The Kid" McDonnen
2013
46% Last Vegas
  • Paddy
2013
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
29% The Family
  • Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni
2013
11% Killing Season
  • Benjamin Ford
2013
7% The Big Wedding
  • Don Griffin
2013
53% The Comedian
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
92% Silver Linings Playbook
  • Pat Sr.
2012
No Score Yet Freelancers
  • Sarcone
2012
29% Red Lights
  • Simon Silver
2012
51% Being Flynn
  • Jonathan Flynn
2012
No Score Yet Lombardi
  • Vince Lombardi
2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Robert De Niro
2011
7% New Year's Eve
  • Stan Harris
2011
25% Killer Elite
  • Hunter
2011
70% Limitless
  • Carl Van Loon
2011
No Score Yet The Ages of Love
  • Adrian
2011
10% Little Fockers
  • Producer
  • Jack Byrnes
2010
50% Stone
  • Jack Mabry
2010
72% Machete
  • The Senator
2010
No Score Yet Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days
  • Actor
2010
46% Everybody's Fine
  • Frank Goode
2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
19% Righteous Kill
  • Tuck
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
51% What Just Happened?
  • Ben
  • Producer
2008
76% Stardust
  • Captain Shakespeare
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • King
2007
No Score Yet Essential Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven
  • Actor
2007
54% The Good Shepherd
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Bill Sullivan
2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
46% Rent
  • Producer
2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Archbishop of Peru
2005
13% Hide and Seek
  • David Callaway
2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of Jimmy Fallon
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Gangsters
  • Actor
2005
39% Meet the Fockers
  • Jack Byrnes
  • Producer
2004
64% Stage Beauty
  • Producer
2004
35% Shark Tale
  • Don Lino
2004
No Score Yet Biography
  • Actor
2004
4% Godsend
  • Dr. Richard Wells
2003
27% Analyze That
  • Paul Vitti
2002
48% City by the Sea
  • Det. Vincent La Marca
2002
94% About a Boy
  • Producer
2002
25% Showtime
  • Mitch Preston
2002
No Score Yet 9/11
  • Host
2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
73% The Score
  • Nick
2001
No Score Yet Prison Song
  • Producer
2001
33% 15 Minutes
  • Eddie Fleming
2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2000
41% Men of Honor
  • Billy Sunday
2000
84% Meet the Parents
  • Producer
  • Jack Byrnes
2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Producer
  • Fearless Leader
2000
43% Flawless
  • Walt Koontz
1999
40% Entropy
  • Producer
1999
69% Analyze This
  • Paul Vitti
1999
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth
  • Narrator
1998
68% Ronin
  • Sam
1998
38% Great Expectations
  • Prisoner/Lustig
1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of 96-97
  • Actor
1998
87% Jackie Brown
  • Louis Gara
1997
85% Wag the Dog
  • Producer
  • Conrad Brean
1997
72% Cop Land
  • Moe Tilden
1997
80% Marvin's Room
  • Dr. Wally
  • Producer
1996
74% Sleepers
  • Father Bobby
1996
37% The Fan
  • Gil Renard
1996
7% Faithful
  • Producer
1996
86% Heat
  • Neil McCauley
1995
80% 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
78% Mad Dog and Glory
  • Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie
1993
75% This Boy's Life
  • Dwight
1993
96% A Bronx Tale
  • Director
  • Lorenzo
  • Producer
1993
67% Night and the City
  • Harry Fabian
1992
87% Thunderheart
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Stella Adler: Awake and Dream!
  • Actor
1992
76% Cape Fear
  • Max Cady
1991
69% Mistress
  • Producer
  • Wright
1991
72% Backdraft
  • Donald Rimgale
1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion
  • David Merrill
1991
88% Awakenings
  • Leonard Lowe
1990
96% GoodFellas
  • James Conway
1990
29% Stanley & Iris
  • Stanley Everett Cox
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Godfather Part III: 2008 Digitally Remastered Edition
  • Actor
1990
47% We're No Angels
  • Executive Producer
  • Ned
1989
64% Jacknife
  • Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey
1989
96% Midnight Run
  • Jack Walsh
1988
80% The Untouchables
  • Al Capone
1987
78% Angel Heart
  • Louis Cyphre
1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Co-narrator
1987
65% The Mission
  • Mendoza
1986
98% Brazil
  • Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle
1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Jon Lovitz
  • Actor
1985
60% Falling in Love
  • Frank Raftis
1984
89% Once Upon a Time in America
  • David "Noodles" Aaronson
1984
90% The King of Comedy
  • Rupert Pupkin
1983
75% True Confessions
  • Father Des Spellacy
1981
97% 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
47% 1900 (Novecento)
  • Alfredo Berlinghieri
1977
67% New York, New York
  • Jimmy Doyle
1977
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Monroe Stahr
1976
99% Taxi Driver
  • Travis Bickle
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Vito Corleone
1974
88% Bang The Drum Slowly
  • Bruce Pearson
1973
98% Mean Streets
  • Johnny Boy
1973
No Score Yet Jennifer on My Mind
  • Gypsy cab driver
1972
No Score Yet The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
  • Mario
1971
40% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
47% NYC 22
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
76% About a Boy
2014-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Performer

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