Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro, Jr., known as Robert De Niro, was born on August 17, 1943. De Niro grew up on the streets of Little Italy (it's a neighborhood of compact national residence) and the streets of the Greenwich Village neighborhood. On the street everyone called him "Bobby Milk", for his too pale face.
Parents of the future actor - Robert De Niro (senior) - artist and abstractionist known sculptor, his mother - Virginia Admiral - poetess, fond of fine art. When De Niro Jr. was 4 years old - the marriage dissolved.
When Robert was 10 years old, he made his debut on stage - he played the role of Lion Coward in the school production of "The Amazing Wizard of Oz. After high school, he granted his mother's wish and enrolled at the High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York City. He took Stella Adler's classes (who was already familiar with Stanislavsky, and actively supported his theory of overachievement) and Lee Stresberg's acting studio.
Robert's first film role was that of a friend of the groom in the movie "The Wedding Party", which saw the light in 1969, despite the fact that it was filmed in 1963. It was later the film "Three Rooms in Manhattan," where De Niro got a cameo role, and this tape was released in 1965. Because "The Wedding Party" was later released, it is generally believed that it was "Three Rooms in Manhattan" was De Niro's debut. But that, as you can imagine, is a misconception.
One of the most important stages in the actor's career came in 1973. It was then that he accepted the role of baseball player Bruce Pearson in the film "Beat the Drum Slowly". It was after this film, he received the Award of the New York Film Critics Association in the category of best supporting actor. And with the award came popularity. In the same category, he received an award from the U.S. National Board of Film Critics for his role as Johnny Boy in the movie "Mean Streets. At the end of the year De Niro was cast for the role of Vito Corleone in the movie "The Godfather," for which he received an Oscar nomination. The films "Twentieth Century", "Taxi Driver", "The Deer Hunter", the musical "New York, New York" - they all played a big role in the career of Robert De Niro, and have received or been nominated for the most prestigious awards.
In 1980, De Niro starred in the films "Raging Bull" and "The King of Comedy. Four years later, Robert plays the role of David Aaronsonapo in the movie "Once Upon a Time in America," and this is followed by pictures where he plays only three roles: A cop (special agent) - "By Midnight," "Showtime," "Ronin"; a criminal - "The Untouchables,"The Fighter, Brazil, Goodfellas; the demonic villain, Cape Fear, Angel's Heart, The Fan.
In 1993 he tried his hand at directing The Bronx Story. This debut was well received by critics, and the film was dedicated to Robert De Niro Sr.
In 1995, De Niro, along with Al Pacino starred in "The Clash. In the same year, the screens come out the movie "Casino". It was these two paintings were the last, brightly noted by critics. Many say that after them the sunset of the actor's career began. At least all subsequent films were not included in the best cinematic lists.
Now Robert De Niro is starring without interruption. "War Diver," "15 Minutes of Fame," "The Bearcatcher," "The Show Begins." All of the actor's characters are still compelling and courageous, but reveal far from all of De Niro's talent. Currently, all of his roles are extremely commercial in nature. The films have good receipts, good plots, but critics who remember Robert in the 80-90s, can not help but notice that he plays completely different. In addition, after the events of September 11 in New York (suicide bombers sent their planes into the Twin Towers), De Niro starred in several films with huge royalties, all giving to charity - the families of the victims.
In 2009 the actor won the "Britannia Award" from the British Academy of Film for his personal contribution to filmmaking, and in 2011 he won the Golden Globe Award in the same category.
In 2011, there were three films with the actor - "Elite Killers," "Darkness," "Old New Year. In 2012, should leave more than 10 tapes with his participation. At the moment he is the most popular actor in cinema.
In addition to acting, Robert De Niro is engaged in business. Most of the income he invests in a variety of businesses in New York, is the creator of the film festival "Tribeca", the company "Tribeca Productions" (the production of television programs and films), owns a chain of restaurants Nobu, as well as the restaurant "Rubicon", co-owner of the restaurant "Locanda Verde", "Tribeca Grill", Hotel "Greenwich Hotel".
In his personal life De Niro is also "diverse". De Niro divorced in 1988 from his first wife, actress Dianne Abbott, and has two children from that marriage - son Rafael and daughter Drena (Dianne's child, whom he adopted).
For almost six years he lived with Tookie Smith, a former model. The surrogate mother gave birth to two twin boys for De Niro and Smith.
In 1997, he married a second time, to Grace Hightower, a former flight attendant. A year later the couple had a son, Elliot.