Jump To Robert Deniro's Stats
Believe it or not, Robert De Niro didn't make the cut in the first Godfather movie, but his performance in the second – as the young Don Corleone – cemented his stature as a premier dramatic actor and also earned him an Oscar for best Supporting actor in 1974. His association during that period in his life with Martin Scorsese also prompted another iconic role for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor.
If De Niro was in music, they would say that the hits kept coming. He appeared in Taxi Driver in 1976 as a wayward, misfit cab driver infatuated with a runaway prostitute. He appeared in New York, New York in 1977 and in Raging Bull in 1980. A string of other commercially successful flicks through the 80s earn him a reputation as one of Hollywood's go-to guys to make a film pay off.
In the late 80s and in an effort to break out of the type-cast gangster roles, De Niro dipped his toe into comedic roles. He appeared in Analyze This with Billy Crystal and then Ben Stiller in a series of comedy franchises that depended on his serious nature to parry off the caustic ways of the young comedians.
Besides his acting commitments, De Niro has dabbled with directing. His offering of The Bronx Tale – in which he appeared as a bus driver and father to the main character – gained critical acclaim depicting the life of a teenager enamored with mob life. He also directed a film with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie called The Good Shepard. This film dramatized the beginning of the C.I.A.
Now considered one of Hollywood's stalwart leading men, De Niro puts on the Tribeca Film Festival every year in New York in direct response to the 9/11 catastrophe. As one of its founding members, the festival mission is to show that New York is resilient with art, film and creativity despite all else.