Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

His role as young Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974)
Are You Talking to Me?Background: "I don't like to watch my own movies - I fall asleep in my own movies." Robert De NiroOscar winning actor Robert De Niro received rave reviews while portraying young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) andboxer Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980). The actor, who is famous with his movie line, "Are you talking to me?" in Taxi Driver (1976),later gained more recognition acting in such films as The Deerhunter (1978), The Untouchables (1987), Awakenings (1990), Goodfellas (1990),Cape Fear (1991), and Frankenstein (1994), as well as Sleepers (1996). De Niro, who first rose to fame for portraying violent New York bruteJohn 'Johnny Boy' Civello in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973), was also involved in the comedies Midnight Run (1988), Wag The Dog(1997, with Dustin Hoffman), Analyze This (1999), and Meet The Parents (2000, with Ben Stiller).An actor since the 1960s, half Italian, half Irish De Niro was inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2002 and wasawarded a Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute in 2003. Recently, he could be seen in the films Meet the Fockers (2004)and Hide and Seek (2005).Off screen, the award-winning actor has been connected to severalnames, including actresses Leigh Taylor-Young and Toukie Smith (also a restaurateur and TV host; sister of designer Willi Smith; gave himtwin sons) as well as supermodel Naomi Campbell. "It's important not to indicate. People don't try to show theirfeelings, they try to hide them." Robert De NiroBobby MilkChildhood and Family: On August 17, 1943, Robert De Niro Jr. was born in New York to artist parents Robert De Niro Sr. (Italian, abstract expressionist, died onMay 3, 1993) and Virginia Admiral (Irish, painter). When De Niro Jr. was 2 years old, his parents divorced and he was raised by his motherin New York's Greenwich Village. In his Little Italy community, pale and shy De Niro Jr. was nicknamed Bobby Milk by his friends. As achild, he spent his time reading playwrights and eventually joined a Little Italy street gang in his adolescence.De Niro Jr., whose boyhood favorite actors included MontgomeryClift, Robert Mitchum and Marlon Brando, left high school at age 16 to hone in on his acting skills with Luther James and Lee Strasberg, as wellas sign up with the Stella Adler Conservatory and American Workshop. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York University in1996.In 1976, Robert De Niro married actress and singer Diahnne Abbott,but they were later divorced in 1988. Nine years later, on June 17, 1997, De Niro tied the knot with Grace Hightower (former flightattendant) and they separated in 1999. The couple renewed their wedding vows on November 20, 2004. De Niro has four sons, Elliott(born on March 18, 1998, mother: Grace Hightower), Aaron Kendrick and Julian Henry (twins, born on October 20, 1995, mother: ToukieSmithtwin), and Raphael (born in 1978, mother: Diahnne Abbott). He also has one adopted daughter, Dreena (model), who is Diahnne Abbott'sdaughter from a previous marriage.Raging BullCareer: "The talent is in the choices." Robert De Niro Playing the cowardly lion in his school's production of The Wizard ofOz at age 10, Robert De Niro sharpened his acting skills with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, and subsequently performed in severaloff-Broadway productions. He eventually landed on the big screen, playing a tiny part in the French film, Marcel Carné's drama, Troischambres à Manhattan in 1965.In the late 1960s, De Niro started to receive major roles. He starred as a Vietnam Veteran living in Greenwich Village, Jon Rubin,in Brian De Palma's drama Greetings (1968), a role that he later reprised in its sequel, Hi, Mom! (1969). He also played lead roles inthe comedy The Wedding Party (1969, shot in 1963) and in the drama The Swap (1969, a.k.a. Sam's Song, a.k.a. Line of Fire (1971)).Entering the 1970s, De Niro became Shelley Winters' drug-addicted son, Lloyd, in Roger Corman's biopic, Bloody Mama (1970) and played amember of an Italian cycling team who gets lost in New York, in an adaptation of Jimmy Breslin's novel, The Gang That Couldn't ShootStraight (1971). He also teamed with George Segal in Ivan Passer's Born to Win (1971).The next years were probably De Niro's most brilliant. It was hisdebut work with director Martin Scorsese in Mean Streets (1973) that helped De Niro launched his name towards recognition. He received aNew York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics award for playing psychotic John 'Johnny Boy' Civello. He also earnedan Oscar nomination for portraying a baseball player stricken with Hodgkin's disease, Bruce Pearson, in John D. Hancock's adaptation ofMark Harris' novel, Bang the Drum Slowly (1973, with Michael Moriarty).De Niro took home his first Oscar in 1974, thanks to the role ofyoung Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's big hit, Mario Puzo's novel adaptation, The Godfather Part II (alongside Al Pacino). Hesubsequently received critical acclaim for portraying lonely, impotent, insomniac ex-marine Travis Bickle in another MartinScorsese's crime drama, Taxi Driver, in 1976. The role handed him a New York Film Critics Circle award, Los Angeles Film CriticsAssociation award, and a National Society of Film Critics award for Best Actor. He also gained popularity for his movie quote, "Are youtalking to me?"De Niro continued to nab significant roles. He was cast as wealthyAlfredo, in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 (1976), reunited with Scorsese as saxophonist Jimmy Doyle in the musical New York, New York (1977),and was seen as 1930s movie mogul Monroe Stahr in Elia Kazan's powerful adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's last, unfinished novel,The Last Tycoon (also in 1977). De Niro was nominated for an Oscar again after portraying one of three Pennsylvania steel-town friendsthrown into the Vietnam War, in Michael Cimino's classic, The Deer Hunter (1978, costarring Christopher Walken, John Savage and MerylStreep).In 1980, De Niro rejoined with Martin Scorsese in his adaptation ofJake LaMotta and Joseph Carter's biographical book, the Oscar-nominating drama Raging Bull. He brilliantly portrayedmiddleweight boxer Jake La Motta, which nabbed him a second Oscar award.De Niro also starred in such average success films as: True Confessions (1981), The King of Comedy (1982), Falling in Love (1984),Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Brazil (1985), The Mission (1986) and Angel Heart (1987). He later returned on stage, playing a drugdealer in the New York Public Theater production of Cuba and His Teddy Bear.Reuniting with Brian De Palma in his crime drama The Untouchables(1987, opposite Oscar winners Sean Connery and Kevin Costner), his portrayal of head mobster Al Capone brought De Niro back into thespotlight. After costarring with Mickey Rourke in the screen version of William Hjortsberg's novel, the horror Angel Heart (1987), De Nirostarred as a cynical ex-cop-turned-bounty-hunter in Martin Brest's blockbuster comedy, Midnight Run (1988). In the rest of the 1980s, DeNiro played roles in We're No Angels, Jacknife (both in 1989), and Stanley & Iris (1990). He also set up his own production company,Tribeca Film Center, in 1989.In the early 1990s, De Niro hit the box office again. He playedgangster Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese's hit Goodfellas (with Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci) and became Robin Williams' experimental patientin the screen version of Oliver Sacks' true-story book, Awakenings. The latter role earned him another Oscar nomination for Best Actor.He subsequently starred in an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel, the hit thriller Cape Fear (1991) and was involved in suchless-received films as Backdraft (1991), Guilty by Suspicion (1991), Mistress (1992), Night and the City (1992), Mad Dog and Glory (1993),and This Boy's Life (1993).De Niro made his directional debut in 1993, with a crime drama filmbased on Chazz Palminteri's play, A Bronx Tale, in which he also starred. After gaining mixed reviews for portraying Kenneth Branagh'screature in his adaptation of the classic Mary Shelley tale, Frankenstein (1994), De Niro regained public praise for starring inthe following films, the 1995 and 1996 films, Casino, Heat, Marvin's Room, and Sleepers. However, he was also involved in such rarely seenfilms as The Fan (1996), Cop Land, and Jackie Brown (both in 1997), before he caught moviegoers' attention again with the films Wag theDog (1998, comedy), Ronin (1998, crime/action), Great Expectations (1998, romance/drama), comedy Analyze This (1999, also in itscontinuation, Analyze That, in 2002), and Flawless (1999, drama/comedy).In the new millennium, De Niro played Ben Stiller's future father-in-law in Jay Roach's hit comedy, Meet The Parents (2000), arole that he reprised in its second installment; Meet the Fockers (2004). He also played characters in several other 2000 films,including Men of Honor (2000), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), 15 Minutes (2001), The Score (2001), City by the Sea (2002),and Showtime (2002).De Niro has maintained star and super-stardom status in the moviescene for almost half a century. He was inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2002 and was awarded a LifetimeAchievement Award by the American Film Institute in 2003. Recently, he was also was seen on the silver screen in such films as Shark Tale(2004, voice of Don Lino), Nick Hamm's Godsend (2004), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004), and Hide and Seek (2005). De Niro is alsoscheduled to finish his upcoming film works; the self directed The Good Shepherd (with Matt Damon) and Jonathan Glazer's remake of aJapanese film, the mystery drama Chaos."I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to bean actor or a personality." Robert De NiroAwards: American Film Institute: Life Achievement Award, 2003 MTV Movie: Best Line, Meet The Parents (Are you a pothead, Focker?), 2001 Gotham Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Comedy Team, Analyze This (shared with Billy Crystal), 2000 Venice Film Festival: Career Award, 1993 National Board of Review: Best Actor, Awakenings, 1990 New York Film Critics: Best Actor, Goodfellas and Awakenings, 1990 Theatre World Award for, Cuba and His Teddy Bear, 1987 Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1981 New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980 Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980 National Board of Review: Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980 Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), Raging Bull, 1980 Academy Award: Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980 New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor, Taxi Driver, 1976 Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor, Taxi Driver, 1976 National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, Taxi Driver, 1976 Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974 New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actor, Mean Streets and Bang the Drum Slowly, 1973 National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, Mean Streets, 1973
Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work.More Robert De Niro quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.More Robert De Niro quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.”More Robert De Niro quotes [12/01/2006 12:12:00]
“We had thought of doing a film festival before, and if there was ever a time to do it, after 9/11 was it. I hope at this point we've accomplished our goals and made a contribution.”More Robert De Niro quotes [12/01/2006 12:12:00]
In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all...More Robert De Niro quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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