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Robert De Niro
Forecourt Ceremony held on Monday, February 4, 2013
 
Born: August 17, 1943, in New York City, New York
Age at the time of the ceremony: 69
 
Robert De Niro is certainly one of the best-known actors on earth. A performer with great insesity and virtually no limits, De Niro has been in a huge number of popular and influential films.

Robert De Niro's parents divorced when young Robert Jr. was only two years old. Growing up with his mother, Robert Jr. spent much time with Robert Sr., who lived nearby. While in school, De Niro appeared as the Cowardly Lion in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school to study acting with the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Actor's Studio.

De Niro had always wanted to act in films. Consequently, he took a role as the best man in Brian De Palma's super low-budget The Wedding Party (filmed in 1963, released in April 1969) with Jill Clayburgh as the bride. He also starred in De Palma's next two features, often paired together: Greetings (released in December 1968) with Jonathan Warden, and Hi, Mom! (released in April 1970) with Allen Garfield.

De Niro was pushing 28 when he landed a role in The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (released in December 1971) with Jerry Orbach. The film bombed. De Niro turn many heads in Hollywood with his turn as a slow-witted baseball player in Bang the Drum Slowly (released in August 1973) with Michael Moriarty, then blew everyone away with his performance as Johnny Boy in director Martin Scorsese's breakthrough film Mean Streets (released in October 1973) with Harvey Keitel.

De Niro wowed everyone (and bagging a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) by playing the young Don Vito Corleone for director Francis Ford Coppola in The Godfather: Part II (released in December 1974) with Al Pacino. The whole world waited for De Niro's next movie.

Which turned out to be Taxi Driver (released in February 1976) with Jodie Foster. De Niro's performance in this nightmarish film has become the stuff of legend. Only a few months later, De Niro appeared in Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's epic Novocento - 1900 (premiered in May 1976 at the Cannes Film Festival) with Gérard Depardieu.

Working again for Scorsese, De Niro played wildman musician Jimmy Doyle in New York, New York (released in June 1977) with Liza Minelli; while the film nosedived, De Niro was busy shooting Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (released in December 1978) with Christopher Walken.

Die Niro and Scorsese now felt comfortable enough to make a tough uncompromizing film on the life of boxer Jake LaMotta. Raging Bull (released in December 1980) with Cathy Moriarty, squeaked by at the box-office, and brough De Niro an Oscar as Best Actor.

He and Scorsese were not done, however. Their next collaboration was the multi-tonal comedy The King of Comedy (released in December 1982) with Jerry Lewis. De Niro then worked for Italian director Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in America (released in June 1984) with James Woods.

For director Terry Gilliam, De Niro appeared as a bad guy / good guy in Brazil (released in December 1985) with Jonathan Pryce. The following year, De Niro made his Broadway debut in the drama Cuba & His Teddy Bear for 53 perfs from July to September 1986.

For newcoming director Roland Joffé, De Niro played a slave trader in The Mission (premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1986, where it won the Palme d'Or) with Jeremy Irons.

Re-uniting with Brian De Palma, De Niro played gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables (released in June 1987) with Kevin Costner; the film was a worldwide smash hit. Some poeple consider Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (which played the Chinese in September 1990) with Ray Liotta to be one of the greatest films ever made.

In order for Scorsese to make his dream project, The Last Tempation of Christ (released in September 1988), he agreed to put De Niro in a remake of Cape Fear (released in November 1991) with Nick Nolte. It was a hit. Meanwhile, De Niro starred in and directed A Bronx Tale (released in October 1993) with Chazz Palminteri.

Again for Scorsese, De Niro played Sam "Ace" Rothstein, a gambler put in charge of a Las Vegas casino in Casino (released in November 1995) with Sharon Stone. For director Michael Mann, he co-starred in Heat (which played the Chinese in December 1995) with Al Pacino.

Director Barry Levinson co-produced, with De Niro, who starred as a spin doctor in Wag the Dog (released in December 1997) with Dustin Hoffman. In the comedy Analyze This (which played the Chinese in March 1999) with Billy Crystal, De Niro plays a mob boss going to a psychiatrist.

Getting along in years, De Niro has accepted a great number of supporting roles in features. Among the better ones are: Meet the Fockers (released in December 2004) with Ben Stiller, Silver Linings Playbook (released in December 2012) with Bradley Cooper, and The Intern (released in September 2015) with Anne Hathaway.

De Niro co-directed A Bronx Tale The Musical, which ran for 700 perfs on Broadway from December 2016 to August 2018.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Robert De Niro Forecourt ceremony, Monday, February 4, 2013. Robert De Niro places his hands in the wet cement.
 
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