Robert De Niro is an actor, director and producer. His first major film roles were in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. In 1974, he was cast as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese began with 1973’s Mean Streets, and later earned De Niro an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He would also garner nominations for Taxi Driver in 1976 and Cape Fear in 1991. De Niro received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978), Penny Marshall’s Awakenings (1990), and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012). His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in Scorsese’s Goodfellas earned him a BAFTA nomination in 1990.
Robert De Niro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in New York, New York (1977), Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999), and Meet the Parents (2000). He has also simultaneously directed and starred in films such as 1993’s A Bronx Tale and 2006’s The Good Shepherd. De Niro has received accolades for his career, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Robert De Niro’s capital ventures have included: cofounding the film studio TriBeCa Productions; the popular Tribeca Film Festival; Nobu and TriBeCa Grill, which he co-owns with a developer Paul Wallace and Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane, The Greenwich Hotel, located in Tribeca, and the restaurant inside the hotel, Locanda Verde, formally known as Ago, which is run by executive chef and co-owner, Andrew Carmellini. According to the July 2010 issue of Gourmet magazine, De Niro is in negotiations with an internationally renowned chef, Natalia Jibladze, to launch a yet unnamed restaurant in Manhattan under his Tribeca trademark. He was in Malaysia recently, and while having lunch with the Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife, was asked to open a Malay restaurant in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.
In 1987 Robert De Niro was the President of the Jury at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival. At the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, he was awarded an Honorable Prize for contribution to cinema. In June 2006 it was announced that De Niro had donated his film archive — including scripts, costumes, and props — to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. On April 27, 2009, it was presaged that the De Niro collection at the Ransom Center was open to researchers and the public. De Niro has said that he is working with Martin Scorsese on a new project. “I’m trying to actually work… Eric Roth and myself and Marty are working on a script now, trying to get it done.”
How Robert De Niro Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $185 Million
Birthday: August 17, 1943
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