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Robert de Niro - Short Biography, Films and Interesting Facts

Robert de Niro
Robert Anthony De Niro Jr.
(17 August 1943, New York, New York)
Nationality: United States of America
Category: Celebrities,
Occupation: Actors
Unique distinction: Iconic Italian-American film actor, two-time Academy Award-winning.
Gender: Male
Quotes: 1. The characters that I play are real. They are real so they have as much right to be portrayed as any other characters. 2. I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on wether I was to be an actor or a personality. 3. Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky. 4. I only go to Los Angeles when I am paid for it. 5. When you're directing, you think of everything ... The few times I've directed, if someone comes up with something you missed, you're glad to hear that. 6. The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day. 7. Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it’s a benefit. It forces you to come up with a more creative way.


Social and professional position: Italian-American actor and producer.
The main contribution to (what is known): Robert de Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time. He wons Two Academy Awards: for Best Supporting Actor (1974) for The Godfather Part II, for Best Actor (1981) for Raging Bull. Two Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Raging Bull (1981), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2011). He was the Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Robert de Niro is an Italian-American actor and producer, who has made nearly 100 movies since 1990.
His wins and awadrds.

Overall: 50 wins & 83 nominations.
Academy Awards, USA. Wins -2, nominations -5.
He wons Two Academy Awards: for Best Supporting Actor (1974) for The Godfather Part II and  for Best Actor (1981) for Raging Bull.
5 Nominations on Academy Awards: Best Actor, Taxi Driver (1976); The Deer Hunter (1978); Awakenings (1990); Cape Fear (1991), Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Golden Globe Awards. Wins -2, nominations -7.
He wons Two Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Raging Bull (1981), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2011). 
7 Nominations on Golden Globe Award for Best Actor: Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The Deer Hunter ( 1978), Midnight Run (1988), Cape Fear (1991), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000).
BAFTA Awards. Nominations -6 .
7 Nominations on Golden Globe Award for Best Actor:  The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980) , The King of Comedy (1982),   Goodfellas (1990). 
Berlin International Film Festival. Win -1.
Silver Berlin Bear (2007) for  Outstanding Artistic Contribution. Film The Good Shepherd (2006). 
He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003.
His notable performances include roles in The Godfather Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The Deer Hunter ( 1978), Raging Bull (1980), The Untouchables (1987),  Goodfellas (1990), Awakenings (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Heat (1995), Casino (1995), Cop Land (1997), Jackie Brown (1997), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000), Machete (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012). 
He has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993), and the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006).
De Niro is  the Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, co-founding the film studio TriBeCa Productions, and owner of the restaurants Nobu. As a long resider of New York City, he invested in Manhattan's  Tribeca neighborhood.

Honors and Awards: Two Academy Awards and Two Golden Globe Awards.
Major works: Producing of 32 films, includes: Rent ( 2005); The Good , Shepherd (2006), What Just Happened (2008), Public Enemies (2009), Little Fockers, 20% Fiction, 36, (2010), Warrior Queen The Undomestic Goddess (2011) Directed: A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006, starred Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie). And last Being Flynn, Red Lights, Freelancers, Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Big Wedding, Killing Season, The Family, Last Vegas, American Hustle, Grudge Match (2013), The Bag Man (2014), Bus 657, The Intern, Joy (2015), Hands of Stone, Dirty Grandpa, The Wizard of Lies (2016).


Origin: Robert De Niro was born on 17 August 1943 in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, New Yor. His Italian great-grandparents, Giovanni De Niro and Angelina Mercurio, emigrated from Ferrazzano, Molise. His father Robert De Niro, Sr., an abstract expressionist painter and sculpto and mother - Virginia Admiral, a painter and poet. His father was of half Italian and half Irish descent, while his mother was of Dutch, English, French, German, and Irish ancestry.
Education: De Niro attended a public elementary school in Manhattan and later a Elisabeth Irwin High School, the private upper school of the Little Red School House. Niro shortly attended the High School of Music and Art and later the private McBurney School and the private Rhodes Preparatory School, although he never graduated from either. He studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, as well as Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio.

Career highlights:

At the age of 10, De Niro made his stage debut as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. He also took children's acting classes in Maria Picator's Dramatic Workshop.
His First Major Screen Credit were Greetings (1968) and Bloody Mama (1970).
In 70's: He began gaining popularity in the beginning of 1970s after appearing in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets (1973). Later he earned Academy Award nominations for the two films directed by Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991).
In 1974 he starred in the  film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 
In 1976 de Niro appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 with Gérard Depardieu, Stefania Sandrelli and Donald Sutherland and  in drama film directed by Elia Kazan The Last Tycoon, with  Jack Nicholson and Tony Curtis.
In 1978 De Niro  starred in the  film The Deer Hunter, for which he was nominated on Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
In 80's: In 1980 De Niro scored his second Academy Award  Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in the film Raging Bull.
Other films of 80's include: True Confessions (1981), romantic-drama film Falling in Love (1984), with Meryl Streep, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Mission (1986), Angel Heart (1987), The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery.
In 90's he succefully starred in films Goodfellas (1990), Awakenings (1990), Heat (1995), The Fan (1996), Sleepers (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Jackie Brown (1997), Ronin (1998) and  Flawless (1999).

Later De Niro starred in the biographical film Men of Honor (2000),  in the comedy films Meet the Parents (2000) wiht Ben Stiller,  Meet the Fockers (2004) with Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand. He reprised his roles  in the films: The Departed (2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, The Good Shepherd (2006) with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie andAlec Baldwin,  in the romantic fantasy film Stardust (2007) with Michelle Pfeiffer. 
In 2010 he reprised his roles  in the action film Machete  and  in the thriller Stone with Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich and  in the comedy film Little Fockers with Jessica Alba, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.
In 2011 he appeared in the action film Killer Elite, Limitless  and the romantic comedy film New Year's Eve  and in the film Manuale d'amore 3 
In 2012, he starred with  Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the films Silver Linings Playbook, garnering the 7th Oscar nomination of his career, and also in Freelancers, Red Lights, and Being Flynn with Julianne Moore.

Personal life:

De Niro married his first wife, African-American actress and singer Diahnne Abbott, in 1976 and the couple split in 1988. They have a son, Raphael and De Niro also adopted Abbott's daughter from a previous relationship. Later De Niro has long relationship with former African-American fashion model Toukie Smith.
They have twins sons together conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995. In 1997, De Niro married his second wife, actress Grace Hightower. Their son Elliot was born in 1998. They divorced in 1999.
In 2004 they renewed their vows and in December 2011, a daughter named Helen Grace was born via surrogate. De Niro has six children and four grandchildren, one from his daughter Drena and three from his son Raphael.

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