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Mix Up Star: ROBERT DE NIRO


Age: 77

Birthday: 17th August


Robert De Niro is an American actor, producer, and director. He is particularly known for his nine collaborations with filmmaker Martin Scorsese, and is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.



Born in Manhattan in New York City, De Niro studied acting at HB Studio, Stella Adler Conservatory, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. He gained stardom with his role as young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's crime epic The Godfather Part II (1974), which won De Niro the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. For his portrayal of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976) and a soldier in the Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter (1978) he earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.



De Niro portrayed Jake LaMotta in Scorsese's biographical drama Raging Bull (1980), and won the Academy Award for Best Actor, his first in this category. He diversified to other roles, including playing a stand-up comic in The King of Comedy (1982), and gained further recognition for his performance in the religious epic The Mission (1986), and the comedy Midnight Run (1988). De Niro portrayed gangster Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas and a catatonic patient in the drama Awakenings (both 1990), and a criminal in the psychological thriller Cape Fear (1991). All three films received praise for De Niro's performances. He then starred in This Boy's Life (1993).



He is also known for his comic roles in Analyze This (1999), and Meet the Parents (2000). After appearing in several critically panned and commercially unsuccessful films, he earned a Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in David O. Russell's 2012 romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook. In 2017, De Niro portrayed Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.





ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 7 WINS: 2

2012 - Best Supporting Actor: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

1992 - Best Leading Actor: CAPE FEAR

1991 - Best Leading Actor: AWAKENINGS

1981 - WINNER: Best Leading Actor: RAGING BULL

1979 - Best Leading Actor: THE DEER HUNTER

1977 - Best Leading Actor: TAXI DRIVER

1975 - WINNER: Best Supporting Actor: THE GODFATHER PART II


BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 6

1991 - Best Leading Actor: GOODFELLAS

1984 - Best Leading Actor: THE KING OF COMEDY

1982 - Best Leading Actor: RAGING BULL

1980 - Best Leading Actor: THE DEER HUNTER

1977 - Best Leading Actor: TAXI DRIVER

1976 - Best Newcomer: THE GODFATHER PART II


GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 9 WINS: 1

2018 - Best TV Actor: THE WIZARD OF LIES

2001 - Best Leading Actor: MEET THE PARENTS

2000 - Best Leading Actor: ANALYZE THIS

1992 - Best Leading Actor: CAPE FEAR

1989 - Best Leading Actor: MIDNIGHT RUN

1981 - WINNER: Best Leading Actor: RAGING BULL

1979 - Best Leading Actor: THE DEER HUNTER

1978 - Best Leading Actor: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

1977 - Best Leading Actor: TAXI DRIVER



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WATCH ROBERT DE NIRO THIS WEEK




ON TV:

FILM: Last Vegas (2013) (Age 12A)

Sunday 6th June, Sky Cinema Comedy, 10:45pm

De Niro has fun with an ensemble cast of old timers for this likeable comedy.



FILM: Awakenings (1990) (Age 12A)

Tuesday 8th June, Great! Movies Classic, 9:00pm

ALSO ON AMAZON PRIME

One of De Niro's finest performances in this true tale of cathartic patients 'awakening'.



FILM: Shark Tale (2004)

Thursday 17th June, Sky Cinema Animation, 8:50am

ALSO ON NETFLIX

De Niro provides vocals as a gangster shark in this animated comedy.



30 Rock

Thursday 17th June, Sky Comedy, 3:00pm

De Niro guest stars in this comedy sitcom based at an American TV studio.



ON NETFLIX:

FILM: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) (Age 15)

De Niro stars as Frankenstein's monster in this Gothic adaptation of the classic horror novel.



ON AMAZON PRIME...

FILM: The King of Comedy (1982)

De Niro is hilarious in this black comedy.




What's your favourite Robert De Niro movie / performance?
















 

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