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Definition: De Niro, Robert from The Columbia Encyclopedia

(də nĭr'ō), 1943–, American film actor, b. New York City. After studying for the stage, he acted in films directed by Brian De Palma. In 1973 he made his first major movies, Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets. In these and other motion pictures he has shown an impressive dramatic range and expressiveness. His other films include The Godfather Part II (1974; Academy Award), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1979), Raging Bull (1980; Academy Award), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995), Wag the Dog (1997), and The Good Shepherd (2006), a finely crafted espionage drama that De Niro also directed.

  • See biography by S. Levy (2014).

Summary Article: De Niro, Robert from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US actor. He has frequently appeared in the works of the film-maker Martin Scorsese, for example in Taxi Driver (1976). He won Academy Awards for his performances in The Godfather Part II (1974) and Raging Bull (1980), in which he played a boxer struggling to control his emotional aggression. He is known for his portrayal of violent characters and total immersion in his roles.

Born in New York City, De Niro achieved his first critical success with Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), and in the same year he began his long association with Scorsese in Mean Streets. It was his role in Francis Coppola'sThe Godfather Part II which cemented his reputation as a powerful method actor. In 1988 he founded a production company, Tribeca Films, based in New York City. He made his directorial debut with A Bronx Tale in 1993, following with The Good Shepherd in 2006.

His magnetism and physical presence can also be seen in, among others, The Deer Hunter (1978), The Untouchables (1987), GoodFellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995), and Heat (1995). From the late 1990s he made a number of successful lightweight comedies, such as Analyze This (1999) and its sequel Analyze That (2002), Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequels Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010), Showtime (2002), and Everybody's Fine (2009).

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