Robert De Niro 1943 biography

[Music] Robert De Niro Robert Anthony De Niro war in August 17th 1943 is an American actor producer and director who holds both American and Italian citizenship De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part 2 for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor his longtime collaboration with director martin scorsees earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull he received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003 the Golden Globe Cecil B deMille Award in 2010 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom From President Barack Obama in 2016 De Niro's first major film roles were in the sports drama bang the drum slowly 1973 and score ceases crime film in streets 1973 he earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers taxi driver 1976 and Cape Fear 1991 both directed by scorsees De Niro received additional nominations for Michael chewiness Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter 1978 penny Marshall's drama awakenings 1990 in David O Russell's romantic comedy-drama silver linings playbook 2012 his portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in scorsees as crime film Goodfellas 1990 and his role as Rupert Pupkin in the black comedy film the King of Comedy 1983 earned in ba FTA Award nominations DeNiro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor motion picture Musical or Comedy for his work in the musical drama new york new york 1977 the action comedy midnight run 1988 the gangster comedy analyzes 1999 and the comedy Meet the Parents 2000 other notable performances include roles in once upon the time in America 1984 Brazil 1985 the mission 1986 The Untouchables 1987 Heat 1995 and casino 1995 he has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama a Bronx Tale 1993 and the spy film The Good Shepherd 2006 early life Robert Anthony De Niro was born on August 17 1943 in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan New York the son of painters Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro senior he is of Irish and Italian descent on his father's side while his mother had Dutch English French and German ancestry De Niro's parents who had met at the painting classes of Hans Hoffman in Provincetown Massachusetts divorced when he was two years old after his father announced that he was gay De Niro was raised by his mother in the Greenwich Village and Little Italy areas of Manhattan his father lived within walking distance and De Niro spent much time with him as he grew up his mother was raised Presbyterian but became an atheist as an adult while his father had been a lapsed Catholic since the age of 12 against his parents wishes his grandparents had him secretly baptized into the Catholic Church while he was staying with them during his parents divorce De Niro attended PS 41 a public elementary school in Manhattan through the sixth grade he then went to Elizabeth Irwin High School the private upper school of the little red schoolhouse for the seventh and eighth grades he was accepted into the High School of Music and Art for the ninth grade but only attended for a short time before transferring to a public Junior High School De Niro began high school at the private McBurney school and later attended the private Rhodes preparatory school although he graduated from neither nickname Bobby milk for his pallor De Niro hung out with a group of street kids as a youth in Little Italy some of whom have remained his lifelong friends his stage debut was at age ten when he played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz along with finding relief from shyness through performing he was also fixated by cinema and he dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue acting he studied acting at HB studio the Stella Adler conservatory as well as Lee Strasberg Actors Studio career acting and filmmaking De Niro's first film role came at the age of 20 when he appeared in Brian De Palma's 1963 film the wedding party but the film was not released until 1969 he then appeared in Roger Corman film bloody mama 1970 he gained popular attention with his role as a dying major league baseball player in bang the drum slowly 1973 and began his collaboration with martin scorsees when he played the small-time criminal Johnny boy in Mean Streets 1973 De Niro had a pivotal role in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather Part 2 1974 playing the young Vito Corleone Coppola had remembered his previous auditions for the roles of Sonny Corleone Michael Corleone Carlo Rizzi and Polly got OH in The Godfather his performance earned him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor although Coppola accepted the award as tenure was not present at the ceremony De Niro became the first actor to win an Academy Award speaking mainly a foreign language in this case several sicilian dialects although he delivered a few lines in english he and Marlon Brando who played the older Vito Corleone in the first film are the only actors to have won Oscars for portraying the same fictional character after working with scorsees in Mean Streets De Niro went on to have a successful working relationship with him in films such as taxi driver 1976 New York New York 1977 Raging Bull 1980 the King of Comedy 1983 Goodfellas 1990 Cape Fear 1991 and casino 1995 they also acted together in guilty by suspicion 1991 and provided their voices for the animated feature shock tail 2004 taxi driver was particularly important to De Niro's career his iconic performance as Travis Bickle catapulted him to stardom and forever linked to sneem with Bickle's famous you tell kotomi monologue which De Niro largely improvised the role of Bickle earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor his portrayal of Jake almota in Raging Bull was lauded as well as his interpretation of Max Cady in Cape Fear De Niro in 1988 in 1976 De Niro appeared in 1900 Bernardo Bertolucci's biographical exploration of life in Italy before world war ii seemed through the eyes of two italian childhood friends at the opposite sides of society's hierarchy he also starred in the Last Tycoon 1976 directed by liya casein casein recalls that De Niro would do almost anything to succeed and noted that he cut his weight down from 170 pounds to 128 pounds for the role in this film casein adds that De Niro is one of a select number of actors are directed who work hard at their trade and I'm the only one who asked to rehearse on Sundays most of the others play tennis Bobby and I would go over the scenes to be shot Bobby is more meticulous he's very imaginative he's very precise he figures everything out both inside and outside he has good emotion he's a character actor everything he does he calculates in a good way but he calculates 766 casein developed and used those personality traits for his character in the film 766 and although the film did poorly at the box office reviewers praised DeNiro's acting film critic Murray Brenner wrote that for De Niro it is a role that surpasses even as brilliant and daring portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part two his performance deserves to be compared with the very finest De Niro played Michael Vronsky in the acclaimed Vietnam War film The Deer Hunter 1978 for which he was nominated for a Best Actor in a leading role fearing he had become typecast in mob roles he began expanding into occasional comedic roles in the mid-nineteen and has had much success there as well with such films as Brazil 1985 Midnight Run 1988 analyzes 1999 meet the parents mm and Meet the Fockers 2004 other films include true confessions 1981 falling in love 1984 once upon the time in America 1984 the mission 1986 angel heart 1987 The Untouchables 1987 Goodfellas 1990 awakenings 1990 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 heat 1995 the fan 1996 sleepers 1996 wag the dog 1997 Jackie Brown 1997 Ronin 1998 and flawless 1999 in 1987 DeNiro was the president of the jury at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival he appeared in this boy's life 1993 around this time he was offered the role of Mitch leery and in the line of fire 1993 however due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut a Bronx Tale 1993 he gave up the role to John Malkovich who later received an Academy Award nomination for it in a Bronx Tale which died near agreed to direct after seeing the screenwriters one-man off-broadway play he played a bus driver who struggles to keep his son away from a local mobster at the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997 he was awarded an honorable prize for contribution to cinema DeNiro in April 2011 at Rebekah film festival De Niro would reference in the line of fire along with Dirty Harry 1971 and Magnum force 1973 do more of Eastwood's films in Righteous Kill 2008 he also appeared in the crime drama Copeland 1997 he starred in the police action thriller heat 1995 along with fellow actor and longtime friend Al Pacino the dua drew much attention from fans as both have generally been compared throughout their careers though Pacino and De Niro both starred in The Godfather Part 2 1974 they shared no screen time they once again appeared together in Righteous Kill 2008 De Niro played master chief Billy Sunday in the biographical film men of honour 2000 based on the life of Carl Brashear the first african-american to become a u.s. navy master diver he also hosted 9/11 2002 a documentary about the 9/11 attacks shown on CBS and focusing on video footage made by Jules and gedion now dead that shut the role of firefighters following the attacks he reprised his role as Jack burns in Meet the Fockers 2004 and was featured in Stardust 2007 all of the films were successful at the box office but received mixed reviews DeNiro in 2011 De Niro had to turn down a role in The Departed 2006 due to commitments with preparing the Good Shepherd 2006 he said I wanted to I wish I could have been able to but I was preparing the Good Shepherd so much that I couldn't take the time to I was trying to figure a way to do it while I was preparing it just didn't seem possible in June 2006 it was announced that De Niro had donated his film archive including scripts costumes in props to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin on April 27 2009 it was announced that the De Niro collection at the Ransom Center was open to researchers and the public De Niro directed and starred in The Good Shepherd 2006 the film reunited him on screen with Joe Perske with whom he had starred in Raging Bull Goodfellas a Bronx Tale Once Upon a Time in America and Casino De Niro announced that he would appear in the film version of the BBC crime series Edge of Darkness in 2010 however just after he arrived to begin shooting De Niro left the film due to creative differences he was replaced by Ray Winstone he appeared as Senator John McLaughlin in the action film machete 2010 and starred in the thriller stone 2010 he again reprised his role as Jack burns and Little Fockers 2010 he appeared in the action film Killer Elite 2011 limitless 2011 and the romantic comedy film New Year's Eve 2011 De Niro's starred in the film Manu Ali d amore 3 2011 in January 2011 CBS picked up De Niro's crime pilot NYC 22 originally titled rookies but it was cancelled after airing only four episodes in 2011 De Niro was the president of the jury for the 64th can Film Festival 38 in 2012 he starred in the film silver linings playbook freelancers red lights and Bing Flynn he received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in silver linings playbook other work included co-founding the film studio tribeca productions the Tribeca Film Festival the restaurants Nobu in Tribeca grill which he co-owns with Broadway producer Stuart offlane the Greenwich Hotel located in Tribeca and the restaurant inside the hotel Locanda Verde run by executive chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini according to the July 2010 issue of Gourmet magazine De Niro is in negotiations with an internationally renowned chef Natalia Jablonski an unnamed restaurant in Manhattan under his rebecca trademark won in Malaysia in 2010 he dined with the Malaysian Prime Minister's wife and was asked to open a mainly restaurant in ala setter kena acting style and legacy De Niro having his hand and shoe prints placed in cement at TCL Chinese Theatre in February 2013 damira studied with Stella Adler from whom he learned about the techniques of the Stanislavski system technique encouraged him to explore both internal and external aspects to fully realize the character being portrayed he is praised for his commitment to roles he gained 60 pounds 27 kilograms and learned how to box for his role as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull ground his teeth down for Cape Fear lived in Sicily for the Godfather Part two worked as a cab driver for a few weeks for taxi driver and learned to play the saxophone for New York New York he again put on weight for his performance as Al Capone in the Untouchables De Niro's brand if acting includes employing whatever extreme tactic he feels is necessary to elicit the best performance from those with whom he is working during the filming of the King of Comedy he directed a slew of anti-semitic epithets at co-star Jerry Lewis to enhance and authenticate the anger demonstrated by Louie's character according to People magazine the technique was successful with Lewis recalling I forgot the cameras were there I was going for Bobby's trout personal life De Niro and wife Grace Hightower in 2016 family De Niro married his first wife Dion Abbott in 1976 they have a son Raphael a former actor who works in New York real estate De Niro also adopted Abbott's daughter Trina De Niro from a previous relationship they divorced in 1988 De Niro has twin sons Erin Kendrick and Julian Henry De Niro conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995 from a long relationship with former model Tookie Smith in 1997 De Niro married his second wife actress Grace Hightower at their marble townhome their son Elliott was born in 1998 and the couple split in 1999 the divorce was never finalized and in 2004 they renewed their vows in December 2011 a daughter named Helen grace was born via surrogate in addition to his six children De Niro has four grandchildren when from his daughter Trina and three from his son Raphael Nero announced on March 25th 2016 that his son Elliot has autism and explained his interest in its causes and treatment it was reported in October 2003 that DeNiro had been diagnosed with prostate cancer he underwent surgery at the Memorial sloan-kettering cancer center in December 2003 properties De Niro who has long resided in New York City has been investing in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood since 1989 he has residences on the east and west sides of Manhattan he also has a 78 acre 32 ha estate in Gardiner New York which serves as his primary residence legal issues during a film shoot in France in February 1998 De Niro was questioned as a witness about the bourgeois prostitution ring De Niro denied any involvement 60 later filing a complaint despite saying at the time that he would not return to friends he later filmed there and presided over the jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in 2006 the trust that owns deniro's Gardiner estate sue the town to have its property tax assessment reduced arguing that at six million dollars it was too high and should be compared only with similar properties in Ulster County where Gardiner is located the town which have been comparing its value to similar estates in Dutchess County across the Hudson River in Connecticut's Litchfield County east of Dutchess or many other wealthy New York City residents maintain estates on large properties when in state Supreme Court but in 2014 the Trust's lawyers appealed the decision in the town was unsure if it should continue to defend the state because of its own financial limitations it would have earned far less impact on the increased taxes than it had spent in legal bills this has made many residents who initially sympathize with DeNiro angry and some proposed to raise money privately to help the town continue the suit a local newspapers report on the continued dispute was picked up by the New York Times and made international news when he wrote about it on election day he went bananas due to the negative publicity said God in her town cones Suleman weakened he had apparently been unaware that the Trust had filed a lawsuit its accountants took the blame citing their fiduciary duty a short time later his lawyer met with town officials at De Niro's direction and offered them withdrawal of the suit and 129 thousand dollars in reimbursement for the town's legal bills paid by the accounting firm he made it very clear that dinero didn't want to screw the town that he didn't know about any of it him that he wanted it settled as quickly as possible Whedon said political activism in 1998 he lobbied Congress against impeaching President Bill Clinton while promoting the film The Good Shepherd with co-star Matt Damon on the December 8 2006 episode of hardball with Chris Matthews at George Mason University De Niro was asked whom he would like to see as president of the United States De Niro responded well I think of two people Hillary Clinton and Obama on February 4th 2008 De Niro supported Obama at a rally at the Izod Center in New Jersey before Super Tuesday in 2012 De Niro joined the anti-fracking campaign artists against fracking during the 2016 presidential campaign De Niro was an outspoken critic of candidate Donald Trump calling him so blatantly stupid and spitting he wants to punch people in the face I'd like to punch him in the face this was in reference to the similar desire Trump expressed towards the DNC speakers at one of his rallies religious views De Niro was raised by an atheist mother in the Lapps Catholic father who left the Catholic Church at age 12 his grandparents had him secretly baptized Catholic and his grandmother was the main advocate of Catholicism in the family he refuses to be asked about religion in interviews when asked why he would not play jesus christ in martin scorsees as 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ he explained on at least two different occasions Last Temptation was something I was never interested in doing but I did tell scorsees if you really have a problem if you really want to do it and you need me I'll do it if you're against the wall and have no other way I'll do it as a friend I was not interested in playing Christ it's like playing helmet I just didn't want to do it Marty and I talked about it we do things with each other because we like to work together but also for our separate reasons I of mine is an actor he has is as a director that's the best way in addition De Niro had played a number of Catholic characters in his movies he played a Catholic penitent in the 1986 film the mission De Niro initially supported the inclusion of the controversial documentary about an alleged vaccinations cover-up my guest at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival he explained his interest in the film resulted from his family experience with an autistic son De Niro withdrew his recommendation after discussion with the scientific community he said he was pressured by some festival filmmakers to remove vanished from the festival lineup he also said that he intends to be a part of the conversation about vaccines and autism in the future the director of the film Andrew Wakefield who is considered the father of the anti-vaccination movement had reportedly been communicating with grace Hightower and once reportedly told them that your family's life has been blighted by autism citizenship De Niro received an Italian passport in 2006 your license has expired or you do not have a valid license verification file please contact our sales support team for more information his Italian citizenship was granted by the Prime Minister despite strong opposition by the Sons of Italy who believe that De Niro damaged the public image of Italians by portraying criminals