ROBERT DE NIRO
Actor, Director, and Entrepreneur
Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's "The Wedding Party" in 1969. By 1973 Mr. De Niro had twice won the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performances in "Bang the Drum Slowly" and Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."
In 1974, Mr. De Niro received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II." In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese's "Raging Bull."
Mr. De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations in four additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's acclaimed "Taxi Driver," as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter," as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings," and in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic "Cape Fear."
Mr. De Niro's upcoming projects include "What Just Happened," which premieres at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and the crime-drama "Righteous Kill," in which he co-stars with Al Pacino and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Mr. De Niro's distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon;" Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900;" Ulu Grosbard's "True Confessions" and "Falling in Love;" Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America;" Scorsese's "King of Comedy;" "New York, New York;" "Goodfellas;" and "Casino;" Terry Gilliam's "Brazil;" Roland Joffe's "The Mission;" Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables;" Alan Parker's "Angel Heart;" Martin Brest's "Midnight Run;" David Jones' "Jacknife;" Martin Ritt's "Stanley and Iris;" Neil Jordan's "We're No Angels;" Penny Marshall's "Awakenings;" Ron Howard's "Backdraft;" Michael Caton-Jones' "This Boy's Life;" John McNaughton's "Mad Dog and Glory;" "A Bronx Tale;" Kenneth Branagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein;" Michael Mann's "Heat;" Barry Levinson's "Sleepers" and "Wag the Dog;" Jerry Zaks' "Marvin's Room;" Tony Scott's "The Fan;" James Mangold's "Copland;" Alfonso Cuarón's "Great Expectations;" and Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown;" John Frankenheimer's "Ronin;" Harold Ramis' "Analyze This" and "Analyze That;" Joel Schumacher's "Flawless;" Des McNuff's "Rocky and Bullwinkle;" Jay Roach's, "Meet The Parents;" George Tillman's "Men of Honor;" John Herzfeld's "Fifteen Minutes;" Frank Oz's "The Score;" Tom Dey's "Showtime;" Michael Caton-Jones' "City By The Sea;" and Nick Hamm's, "Godsend." His most recent works are John Polson's "Hide and Seek;" Mary McGuckian's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey;" DreamWorks's "Shark Tale" and Roach's "Meet the Fockers."
Mr. De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and the Tribeca Film Festival which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture, the festival's mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience.
Through Tribeca Productions, Mr. De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. Tribeca's "A Bronx Tale" marked Mr. De Niro's directorial debut. Other Tribeca features include "The Good Shepherd;" "Thunderheart;" "Cape Fear;" "Mistress;" "Night and the City;" "The Night We Never Met;" "Faithful;" "Panther;" "Marvin's Room;" "Wag the Dog;" "Analyze This;" "Flawless;" "Rocky and Bullwinkle;" "Meet the Parents;" "Fifteen Minutes;" "Showtime;" "Analyze That" and "Meet the Fockers."
In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the critically acclaimed series "Tribeca." Mr. De Niro served as one of the series' executive producers. In 1998, Tribeca produced a miniseries for NBC, based on the life of "Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano."
Tribeca Productions is headquartered at Mr. De Niro's Tribeca Film Center in the TriBeCa district of New York. The Film Center is a state-of-the-art office building designed for the film and television industry. The eight-story facility features office space, a screening room, banquet hall and restaurant, in addition to a full range of services for entertainment industry professionals.