Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is an American actor (b. August 17 1943) who often appears in Martin Scorsese films. Noted for his commitment to his roles, De Niro gained 50 pounds and learned how to box for his portrayal of Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, and learned to play the saxophone for Scorsese's film New York, New York

Although not articulate, De Niro is generally considered a skilled observer of physical tics and details, and an intense perfectionist.

De Niro made his first film appearance in 1968 in Greetings ( directed by Brian De Palma ). After that he played some major and minor roles in not too popular films, until he gained popularity with his role in Bang the Drum Slowly. He began to work with Martin Scorsese in the same year when the two collaborated on Mean Streets. Other Scorsese films which De Niro has participated in are Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear. In these films De Niro has primarily played charming, but emotionally unstable, characters who tend to have sociopathic tendencies.

He won the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in Raging Bull and Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather, Part II.

DeNiro is one of two people who have won an Academy Award for portraying the same person: He won for playing young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II, whereas Marlon Brando won for the (elder) portrayal in The Godfather.

Selected filmography

  • Mean Streets, 1973, as John "Johnny Boy" Civello
  • The Godfather, Part II, 1974, as Vito Corleone
  • Taxi Driver, 1976, as Travis Bickle
  • 1900, 1976, as Alfredo Berlinghieri
  • The Deer Hunter, 1978, as Michael Vronsky
  • Raging Bull, 1980, as Jake LaMotta
  • Once Upon a Time in America, 1984, as David "Noodles" Aaronson
  • The Mission, 1986, as Rodrigo Mendoza
  • Midnight Run, 1988, as Jack Walsh
  • Goodfellas, 1990, as Jimmy "The Gent" Conway
  • Awakenings, 1990, as Leonard Lowe
  • Cape Fear, 1991, as Max Cady
  • A Bronx Tale, 1993, as Lorenzo Anello
  • Casino, 1995, as Sam "Ace" Rothstein
  • Heat, 1995, as Neil McCauley
  • Sleepers, 1996, as Father Bobby
  • Wag the Dog, 1997, as Conrad Brean
  • Jackie Brown, 1997, as Louis Gara
  • Ronin, 1998, as Sam
  • Analyze This, 1999, as Paul Vitti
  • Meet the Parents, 2000, as Jack Byrnes
  • 15 Minutes, 2001, as Detective Eddie Flemming

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