Robert De Niro (born 17.8.1943) Robert De Niro is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. He is best known for his roles in films such as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. De Niro is widely respected for his commitment to method acting, and once worked for three months as a taxi driver to prepare him for his role as Travis Bickle.
Childhood: Robert De Niro was born in New York. His mother, Virginia Admiral, was a painter and his father, also named Robert De Niro, was also a painter and sculptor. His heritage is Italian and Irish, on his father's side and English, German, French and Dutch on his mother's side. De Niro's parents divorced when he was two and he grew up in Little Italy, Manhattan.
After attending the Little Red School House, his mother sent him to the Fiorella H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art. Among his fellow pupils there was Al Pacino. He also attended the Stella Adler Conservatory and Lee Strasberg's Actor Studio.
Aged 16, De Niro toured in a production of Chekhov's play The Bear.
Acting Career: In 1963, De Niro appeared in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party. For the rest of the decade, de Niro mainly worked in off-Broadway theatre productions and a number of theatre workshops. The Wedding Party was not released until 1969, so his first official film appearance was in 1968's Greetings, another De Palma number.
In 1973, his role as a terminally ill baseball player in Bang the Drum Slowly earned him a great deal of public attention. Later that year, his long-term collaborative relationship with Martin Scorsese began when he starred alongside Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets. This relationship saw him starring in films such as Taxi Driver (in which he plays the film's main protagonist, Travis Bickle), New York, New York, Raging Bull (the biopic of troubled boxing legend Jake La Motta), The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino.
The next year, De Niro played the young Don Vito Corleone in the Godfather, Part II, a Francis Ford Coppola film. His performance earned him his second Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1978, De Niro's appearance as Michael Vronsky in The Deer Hunter earned him another Oscar Nomination, this time for Best Actor.
In the 1980s, De Niro began to branch out into comedy roles. He had a small role in Terry Gilliam's Brazil as well as the popular action-comedy Midnight Run. De Niro went on to star alongside Billy Crystal in 1999's Analyze This and its sequel, Analyze That. A similar success was Meet the Parents, in 2000 and its follow-up Meet the Fockers, in 2004.
Interspersed with these comedic successes, De Niro also starred in a slew of more serious movies. Most notably, De Niro appeared opposite Robin Williams in Awakenings, playing a patient given new life by medication. 1993 saw De Niro star alongside Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio - then both relatively unknown - in This Boy's Life. In 1995, De Niro starred in Michael Mann's blockbuster, Heat.
In 2006, De Niro turned down a role in The Departed in order to work as director on The Good Shepherd. He co-starred in the film, along with Matt Damon, Joe Pesci and Angelina Jolie.
In 2008, De Niro was reunited with Al Pacino. Although the pair had starred in the same films before, this was the first time that they had ever shared screen-time together. Also starring the rapper 50 Cent, the film received a lukewarm reception from film critics.
Personal Life: De Niro has a son, Raphael, from his first wife, Diahnne Abbott. During the marriage, Robert also adopted Abbott's daughter Drena. He also has twin sons, Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick, from a relationship with Toukie Smith and a son Elliot. Elliot is the product of De Niro's second marriage, to Grace Hightower.
De Niro has been bestowed with Italian citizenship.
Robert De Niro is a supporter of the Democratic Party and has been a vocal advocate of Barack Obama.
Robert DeNiro had some explicit advice for graduates from the Tisch School of Arts on Friday.
Robert DeNiro gave a rousing speech to graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts on Friday, beginning by offering his congratulations and then bluntly telling students, “You’re f—ked!”
DeNiro spoke at the Tisch School of Arts graduation ceremony.
The Oscar winner was greeted with applause by the graduates who seemed to enjoy his no-holds barred commencement address. “Tisch graduates, you made it,” De Niro began his speech. “And, you’re f–ked.”
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The stars turn out for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, while Tomorrowland holds a child-friendly premiere in California, and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are on location in Miami. Trailers arrive for Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the long-awaited Vacation sequel, Meryl Streep's musical Ricki and the Flash, and the Hathaway-De Niro comedy The Intern...
The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.
Catherine Deneuve at Cannes Film Festival
The GoodFellas reunite at Tribeca's closing night, while Carey Mulligan and Jack Black lead the red carpet charge in New York and Los Angeles. There's one last insane trailer for Mad Max, plus the first glimpses at Tom Hardy as the Krays, Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Nicole Kidman in small-town Australia...
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York wrapped up at the weekend with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's 'GoodFellas', which featured a reunion of the film's actors including Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Debbie Mazar, Lorraine Bracco, Kevin Corrigan and Mike Starr. Take a look at pictures from the closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival here.
Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco and Kevin Corrigan
Also in New York, the US premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' brought out stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple and director Thomas Vinterberg, plus other celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Sarah Silverman. The film opens this weekend in both the UK and US. Check out pictures from the premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' here.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Tribeca Wraps In New York, 'Madding Crowd' And 'D Train' Hold US Premieres, A New Trailer Drops For 'Mad Max', And There Are First Looks At 'Legend', 'Black Mass' And 'Strangerland'
Stars of the classic movie helped close out the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival ended on Saturday, with a special celebration honouring the 25th anniversary of classic movie, Goodfellas. Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi came together in front of the New York crowd, sharing stories about their time on set as well as revealing a few surprising secrets.
The Goodfellas cast reunited at Tribeca.
Secrets that were dished included Liotta telling the audience that Joe Pesci’s famous ‘Do I Amuse You’ scene was pretty much entirely improvised. “Joe was just telling a story in rehearsal about something that happened to him in Queens,” said the actor. “Some guy, who happened to be a connected guy, said, ‘You think that's funny?’”
Continue reading: 'Goodfellas' Cast Celebrate 25th Anniversary At Tribeca Film Festival
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of 'Goodfellas' in Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 25th April 2015
George Kern, Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro - IWC Schaffhausen third annual 'For the Love of Cinema' dinner during Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios at Tribeca Film Festival - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of 'Live From New York' which was held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
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Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with Martin Scorsese again, but this time, De Niro and Brad Pitt are coming along for the ride.
In what may well be the most star-studded short movie of all time, Martin Scorsese will direct a campaign video for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE) starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Leonardo Dicaprio [L] and Martin Scorsese [R] are teaming up again [Getty/Mark Davis]
The script for the film - used to promote Lawrence Ho and James Packer's global resorts and casino brand - is written by Wolf of Wall Street scribe and the creator of Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winer. Brett Ratner and Jules Daly are producing, with Packer and Ho executive producing, according to Deadline.
Continue reading: De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio Set for Martin Scorsese Short Film
After the wedding, the powerhouse couple are moving ahead with other projects.
In celebrity news you should definitely care about, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially, legally married. It’s been kind of a public secret for the past few days, but Pitt seemed to put his seal of approval on the news, when he rocked a wedding band over the weekend in NYC.
Brad and Ang are married - it was only a matter of time, really.
Several news outlets reported earlier this week that the couple had finally taken the leap last Saturday at Chateau Miraval – their home in France.
Smith memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather
The Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith has died aged 92. In a career spanning over fifty years, Smith was responsible for some of the most iconic transformations in cinema, especially his work on The Exorcist and Amadeus. The news was confirmed by long time friend and former assistant Rick Baker, who won an Academy Award for his work on the make-up for An American Werewolf in London.
Rick Baker worked as Smith's assistant on The Exorcist
Originally Smith had been studying at Yale University to become a dentist when he became transfixed with the idea of make-up artistry after reading a book from his university library. This twist of fate led Smith to become one of the most intentive masters of his craft, long before the possibilities of CGI. He terrified audiences with the makeover he gave young actress Linda Blair for The Exorcist, complete with bulging eyes and 360-degree head swivelling.
Continue reading: Special Effects Pioneer Dick Smith Dies Aged 92
The 70 year-old actor stopped filming the upcoming flick 'The Intern' to catch USA compete against Germany in the World Cup.
Who knew Robert De Niro is a big soccer fan.
The legendary actor is known for taking his work very seriously, but it seems the World Cup is more important.
De Niro did not want to miss USA compete against Germany on Thursday (June 26th), so he crashed a stranger's home in Brooklyn and stopped filming for the upcoming flick 'The Intern.'
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Crashes Stranger's Home To Watch World Cup
Robert De Niro crashed a soccer party in Brooklyn.
Bill Murray, sir, you have competition. It turns out Robert De Niro is a pretty keen party crasher himself and during a visit to Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighbourhood to shoot new movie The Intern this week, the man himself made himself at home at a random house to watch the United States and Germany game.
Robert De Niro crashed a World Cup party this week [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Dimitrios Kambouris]
A neighbour told Business Insider that their apartment building got an email from Warner Bros asking if they could help De Niro see the game.
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Crashes World Cup Party in Brooklyn. Internet Explodes
Date of birth
17th August, 1943