Robert De Niro Biography |
  • Robert De Niro Biography

    Born: August 17, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA

    ROBERT DE NIRO launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in Bang the Drum Slowly and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets.

    In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young ‘Vito Corleone’ in The Godfather, Part II.  In 1980 he won his second Oscar®, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of ‘Jake La Motta’ in Scorsese's Raging Bull.

    De Niro has earned Academy Award® nominations for his work in five additional films: as ‘Travis Bickle’ in Scorsese's acclaimed Taxi Driver; as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter; as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's Awakenings; in 1992 as ‘Max Cady,’ an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic Cape Fear; and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.

    In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, which he won again in 2012, and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. In addition, AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award.

    De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe® Award. He also served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

    De Niro currently stars The Weinstein Co.’s Silver Linings Playbook and will be seen in CBS Films’ Last Vegas, Relativity Media’s Malavita and Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match.

    De Niro recently starred in Focus Features’ Being Flynn, Grindstone Entertainment’s Freelancers, Millennium’s The Killing Season and Red Lights, New Line Cinema’s New Year’s Eve, Relativity Media’s thriller Limitless, Little Fockers, the third installment of the highly successful Tribeca Productions’ Meet the Parents franchise, Filmauro’s Italian romantic comedy Manuale d'amore 3, Nu Image Films’ psychological thriller Stone, and 20th Century Fox’s Machete.

    His distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan's The Last Tycoon; Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900; Ulu Grosbard's True Confessions and Falling in Love; Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America; Scorsese's King of Comedy, New York, New York, Goodfellas, and Casino; Terry Gilliam's Brazil; Roland Joffe's The Mission; Brian De Palma's The Untouchables; Alan Parker's Angel Heart; Martin Brest's Midnight Run; David Jones' Jacknife; Martin Ritt's Stanley and Iris; Neil Jordan's We're No Angels; Penny Marshall's Awakenings; Ron Howard's Backdraft; Michael Caton-Jones' This Boy's Life; John McNaughton's Mad Dog and Glory;  Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Michael Mann's Heat; Barry Levinson's Sleepers and Wag the Dog; Jerry Zaks' Marvin's Room; Tony Scott's The Fan; James Mangold's Copland; Alfonso Cuarón's Great Expectations; Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown; John Frankenheimer's Ronin; Harold Ramis' Analyze This and Analyze That; Joel Schumacher's Flawless; Des McNuff's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle; George Tillman's Men of Honor; John Herzfeld’s Fifteen Minutes; Frank Oz’s The Score; Tom Dey’s Showtime; Michael Caton-Jones’ City By The Sea; Nick Hamm’s, Godsend; John Polson’s Hide and Seek; Mary McGuckian’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey; DreamWorks's Shark Tale Jay Roach's Meet The Parents, and Meet the Fockers, Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened, Jon Avnet’s Righteous Kill and Kirk Jones’ Everybody’s Fine.

    De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences.

    Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.

    Tribeca's A Bronx Tale in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut. He later directed and co-starred in The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.

    Other Tribeca features include Thunderheart, Cape Fear, Mistress, Night and the City, The Night We Never Met, Faithful, Panther, Marvin's Room, Wag the Dog, Analyze This, Flawless, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Meet the Parents, Fifteen Minutes, Showtime, Analyze That and Meet the Fockers.

    In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the acclaimed series “Tribeca.”  De Niro was one of the executive producers.

    In 1998, Tribeca produced a miniseries for NBC, based on the life of “Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano.”

    Tribeca Productions is headquartered at De Niro's Tribeca Film Center in the TriBeCa district of New York.  The Film Center is a state-of-the-art office building designed for the

    film and television industry.  The facility features office space, a screening room, banquet hall and restaurant. The center offers a full range of services for entertainment professionals.
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