- NAME: Robert De Niro
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Theater Actor, Director
- BIRTH DATE: August 17, 1943 (Age: 69)
- EDUCATION: High School of Music and Art, P.S. 41, Stella Adler Conservatory (Stella Adler Studio of Acting), The Actors Studio
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Robert De Niro Jr.
- AKA: Robert De Niro
- Nickname: "Bobby Milk"
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Legendary award-winning actor Robert De Niro has starred in such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II and Silver Linings Playbook.
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After the September 11th attacks Robert De Niro launched the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to revitalize lower Manhattan.
After turning down a role in the first Godfather film, Robert De Niro was given the chance to play a young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" putting himself on the road to major Hollywood success.
After his Oscar winning portrayal of young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" Robert De Niro took on the role of crazed taxi driver Travis Bickle.
After convincing director Martin Scorsese to make the film, Robert De Niro donned his boxing gloves to give one of his most revered performances to date in "Raging Bull."
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Born in New York City on August 17, 1943, actor Robert De Niro left school at age 16 to study acting with Stella Adler. He then worked with many acclaimed film directors, including Brian DePalma, Elia Kazan and, most importantly, Martin Scorsese. De Niro's role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) brought him his first Academy Award. He went on to make several other critically acclaimed films,
"Acting is a cheap way to do things that you would never dare to do yourself."
including The Deer Hunter (1978), and scored his second Academy Award for Raging Bull (1980). In the 1990s, De Niro saw continued success with such films as Goodfellas and Analyze This. He recently won acclaim for his work on Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Robert De Niro Jr. was born on August 17, 1943, in New York City. His parents were both respected artists who had met while attending Hans Hoffman's famed Provincetown painting classes. His mother, Virginia Admiral, was a cerebral and gifted painter, a Berkeley graduate who made a significant name for herself in the 1940s and '50s New York art scene. His father, Robert De Niro Sr., was a painter, sculptor and poet whose work received high critical acclaim. Known as the "golden couple" of the New York art circle, Virginia and Robert Sr. nevertheless split ways in 1945, when young Robert was only 2 years old. As his father remained singularly devoted to his art, De Niro was raised primarily by his mother, who took on work as a typesetter and printer in order to support her son.
A bright and energetic child, Robert De Niro was incredibly fond of attending movies with his father when they spent time together. He was especially taken with films starring Swedish actress Greta Garbo. De Niro's mother worked part-time as a typist and copyeditor for Maria Picator's Dramatic Workshop, and as part of her compensation, De Niro was allowed to take children's acting classes for free.
At the age of 10, De Niro made his stage debut as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Soon after, he earned a scholarship to New York's prestigious High School of Music and Art, a private school specializing in visual and performance arts. However, feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for the intense and competitive atmosphere, he dropped out to attend public school after only a few days.
Not long after beginning courses at P.S. 41 in Greenwhich Village, De Niro proved to be uninterested in school altogether and, as a teenager, joined a rather tame Italian street gang that gave him the nickname "Bobby Milk," in reference to his pale complexion. While De Niro was by all accounts only a very modest troublemaker, the gang provided him with ample experience to skillfully portray Italian mobsters as an actor.
In 1960, after a soul searching cross-country trip to visit relatives in California, Robert De Niro decided to drop out of high school to study acting. Once asked in an interview why he decided to take up the profession, De Niro responded, "Acting is a cheap way to do things that you would never dare to do yourself." He enrolled at the Stella Adler Conservatory (later renamed the Stella Adler Studio of Acting), and though he continued to take high school classes at night, he never graduated.
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