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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.



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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Reportedly Moving To Netflix


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Netflix’s status as a powerhouse in movie industry has received another boost with the news that the streaming giant has landed Martin Scorsese’s next film, a gangster flick featuring Robert De Niro titled The Irishman.

The legendary director had originally lined up the $100 million project to be packaged with Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous movie, Silence. However, changes at the top of Paramount following a disappointing 12 months for the studio have caused Scorsese to have second thoughts and he has chosen to conclude a deal for his project elsewhere, report IndieWire.

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Robert De Niro Challenged Himself With The Comedian


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De Niro felt that the time was right for a movie about a comic. "I thought it was such a great idea to do a comedian," he says. "That has never really been done before. Maybe The Entertainer [the 1960 drama starring Laurence Olivier]. But not like this. And a comedian can do things that are more outrageous, even if it's not my personal taste. That was my attraction."

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He also relished the challenge of learning to actually do a stand-up comedy routine. "It's hard," he admits. "You have to have the right material. I worked on this material, but it wasn't like I worked on it for years and had it all there. I don't know how to deal with a heckler. That takes a lot of experience! I did OK, but you just have to get through it. Even though my audience was extras, you can feel like you're dying out there if they don't laugh. You want a reaction."

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Robert De Niro speaking at the We Stand United NYC Rally held at Trump International Hotel On the Eve Of the Inauguration - New York, United States - Friday 20th January 2017

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The Comedian - Clip & Trailer


Once, Jackie Burke was one of the biggest names in town; he was a comedian with his own show on a prime network and his life looked like he was set. Now, aging and working as a stand-up comic, Jackie wants to reinvent himself and forget about all the old jokes he used to tell and characters he used to play but that's far from what the bookers and audience members want - they wish to see the old Jackie Burke performing his known material.

One night Jackie takes to the stage and he can only take a certain amount of crowd heckling, fed up he lashes out at an audience member and as a result, the comedian is incarcerated and made to carry out a community service order.

Though Jackie had to serve a short sentence, the footage of Jackie hitting the heckler has made him an internet sensation and introduced a whole load of new fans to him.

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Robert DeNiro seen arriving at the ABC studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 10th November 2016

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Robert De Niro and Drena De Niro at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 7th November 2016

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Leaked Robert De Niro Clip Savages Donald Trump


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Award-winning acting legend Robert De Niro has unleashed a furious rant about Donald Trump, saying he’d like to “punch him in the face”, while taking part in a star-laden video encouraging people to vote ahead of the presidential election in November.

The 73 year old actor, renowned for such cinema classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, spouted off about his feelings on the Republican candidate in a clip produced by Anonymous Content for their VoteYourFuture campaign – but it wasn’t actually used in the final edit.

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro made the remarks in an used clip from a VoteYourFuture campaign

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Robert De Niro talks to the audience at the Friars Club Gala who honoured the Icon Award to Martin Scorsese held at Cipriani, 55 Wall Street, Manhattan, New York, United States - Wednesday 21st September 2016

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Noel Gallagher Admits Robert De Niro Had Never Heard Of Oasis After Eight Hour Lunch


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Noel Gallagher has admitted that Hollywood legend Robert De Niro didn’t have a clue who he was when the pair ended up having lunch together in the South of France. Gallagher set next to the Taxi Driver star during what became a marathon eight-hour lunch session last month, but afterwards Gallagher said De Niro was still none the wiser about Oasis.

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Jodie Foster Says Anthony Hopkins Was Too Scary To Speak To On 'Silence Of The Lambs' Set


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Jodie Foster has revealed that she was too scared of her co-star Anthony Hopkins to speak to him on the Silence Of The Lambs set. Appearing on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Foster said that after seeing Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter during the first day read through, the actor had scared her so much that she didn't want to talk to him again.

Jodie FosterJodie Foster has revealed she was terrified of Silence of the Lambs co-star Anthony Hopkins.

“I never spoke to him because he was so scary,” Foster told Norton. “The first day we had a read through and by the end of it I never wanted to talk to him again – I was petrified.”

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Robert De Niro Defends His Support For Anti-Vaccination Movie


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Robert De Niro has once again re-stated his reasons for including a controversial anti-vaccination movie on the schedule for his Tribeca Film Festival this year – even though he has already taken the decision to remove it from the bill following an online outcry.

The 72 year old actor, whose 18 year old son suffers from autism, appeared on the ‘Today’ show on NBC on Wednesday (April 13th) to re-state his belief that Vaxxed, a documentary about the widely discredited medical theory linking childhood vaccinations to autism, should have been shown at the annual film festival he curates.

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower, whose 18 year old son suffers from autism

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Tribeca Film Festival 2016: Tom Hanks Opens And 'Taxi Driver' Celebrates 40 Years


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The 15th year of Tribeca Film Festival is coming to New York with no less than 77 movie premieres and a total of 101 films altogether. Co-founder Robert De Niro will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his iconic film 'Taxi Driver' with a special screening co-hosted by Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster.

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The screening will take place at the Upper West Side's Beacon Theatre on April 21st 2016 and is not worth missing if you're a fan of the old classics. If you're not, well, there's a whole host of stuff that festival goers ought to check in on as the TFF arrives today (April 13th 2016).

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Dirty Grandpa Review

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There's nothing clever about this deliberately rude and vulgar comedy, but certain audiences will find it absolutely hilarious. Never afraid to head straight into the cheapest, nastiest gag, director Dan Mazar and writer John Phillips throw their odd-couple stars into a series of riotously awkward situations, usually involving nudity. And even if it's not as funny as it ought to be, at least there's some meaning to the chaos.

Zac Efron plays Jason, a bright young Atlanta lawyer who takes after his workaholic father (Dermot Mulroney). But Jason's grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) remembers a more interesting Jason, before ruthless ambition took over his life. So after Grandma's funeral, Dick asks Jason to drive him down to Florida a week before Jason is due to marry the high-maintenance Meredith (Julianne Hough). Jason quickly discovers that Grandpa is intent on sowing some very wild oats, detouring their journey through Daytona at spring break, where they meet a couple of girls (Aubrey Plaza and Zoey Deutch) who are up for pretty much anything. What Jason doesn't know is that Grandpa is doing all of this to remind Jason who he really is, and to show him how to enjoy life instead of control it.

The script sometimes lays on this message rather thickly in between a series of deliberately jaw-dropping gross-out sequences. Predictably, drugs and sex abound, and most of the jokes are so corny and ludicrous that they're not remotely believable. Everything that happens strains to shock the audience, which means that nothing is actually very shocking. But while the story has no tension at all, it also manages to grab hold of the audience simply because the characters are so vividly played by the fearless Efron and De Niro. Neither role is much of a stretch, but they dive into even the yucky and/or naked moments with gusto, developing some chemistry in the process.

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Jennifer Lawrence Talks Working With Her 'Theatrical Father' Robert De Niro In 'Joy'


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After starring together in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro have reunited for Joy, the true story of inventor Joy Mangano. This time De Niro is playing Lawrence’s father and thanks to their close bond, the actress couldn’t think of anyone more suited to play her on-screen dad.

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“Bob is so paternal and lovely to me,” Lawrence said. “He's just always been so nice to me, so it felt really natural that he would play my father, because in some ways he was this paternal figure that I had, raising me through this certain element of my life, through movies and fame.”

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Robert De Niro

Date of birth

17th August, 1943

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Robert De Niro Movies

The Comedian Trailer

The Comedian Trailer

Once, Jackie Burke was one of the biggest names in town; he was a comedian...

Hands Of Stone Trailer

Hands Of Stone Trailer

Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Duran was fierce in the ring, his poor upbringing on the...

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

There's nothing clever about this deliberately rude and vulgar comedy, but certain audiences will find...

Joy Movie Review

Joy Movie Review

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Dirty Grandpa Trailer

Dirty Grandpa Trailer

Dick Kelly has never been able to unwind, he's a retired army general and even...

The Intern Movie Review

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Heist Trailer

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The Intern - Extended Trailer

The Intern - Extended Trailer

Retired and, frankly, bored, 70-year-old Ben Whittaker decides the quiet life is not one he...

Joy Trailer

Joy Trailer

Joy Mangano always wanted to be an inventor and, after getting married, having three children...

The Intern Trailer

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Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old retiree who has little left in his life to keep...

Grudge Match Movie Review

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Last Vegas Movie Review

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American Hustle Movie Review

American Hustle Movie Review

David O. Russell deploys his deranged genius to explore the real events behind Abscam, cleverly...

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