Robert De Niro

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  • Birth Name: Robert De Niro Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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Biography

A legendary actor revered for his searing screen portrayals of gangsters and other intense characters, De Niro became a star because of his association with three Italian-American directors: Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola and particularly Martin Scorsese. In the '60s, the Stella Adler-trained actor got his start in a trio of now quite dated anti-establishment flicks helmed by De Palma: Greetings, The Wedding Party and Hi, Mom! In 1973, he earned raves as a street tough in Scorsese's Mean Streets, the first of their eight collaborations. And the next year he essayed his true breakthrough role, the young Vito Corleone in Coppola's Godfather II, a performance that snagged De Niro his first Oscar. But it was his relationship with Scorsese---a fellow native New Yorker---that would be his most fruitful. Whether playing a washed-up boxer (Raging Bull, which earned him a second Academy Award), an unhinged cabbie (Taxi Driver) or a wannabe late-night talk-show host (The King of Comedy), De Niro inhabited these varied sociopaths with intensity and honesty. In the '80s, he branched out into more whimsical fare---his unrecognizable turn as a plumber/terrorist in the satire Brazil, a delightfully over-the-top performance as Al Capone in The Untouchables---and even tried his hand at romance (the tepid Falling in Love). Although he presumably had his pick of projects, the star didn't always make the best choices (Backdraft, Guilty by Suspicion), but his collaborations with Scorsese were always worthwhile. In the '90s he branched out into producing and directing (A Bronx Tale) and as the decade wore on, he became well-known for his comic turns. He was hilarious as a psychiatrist-dependent mobster in Analyze This, and scored a monster hit with Meet the Parents, playing a retired CIA operative who hates his daughter's boyfriend. A longtime downtown New York resident, De Niro was personally devastated by the September 11, 2001, attacks, and the next year founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to help his beloved neighborhood get back on its feet. Despite his involvement in the fest, De Niro always found time to act, even directing his second feature, The Good Shepherd, in 2006. Off screen, De Niro is a successful restaurateur, owning several high-end eateries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Awards

  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1993, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 2007, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1992, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Helen Grace De Niro — Daughter
  • Julian Henry De Niro — Son
  • Drena De Niro — Stepdaughter
  • Virginia Admiral — Mother
  • Elliott De Niro — Son
  • Grace Hightower — Wife
  • Raphael De Niro — Son
  • Robert De Niro Sr. — Father
  • Aaron Kendrick De Niro — Son
  • Toukie Smith — Ex-significant Other
  • Diahnne Abbott — Ex-wife

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert De Niro Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer