Robert De Niro

Biography: A legendary actor who will forever be associated with some of the greatest films ever made, Robert De Niro has assured his place in entertainment history.
Born in Greenwich Village to artistically inclined parents, De Niro discovered his love of acting at the age of ten years old when he played the Cowardly Lion in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. Robert dropped out of high school when he was sixteen years old to study theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory. After cutting his acting teeth in several off-Broadway plays, he was cast by upcoming director Brian De Palma for his film, The Wedding Party. Although the film was shot in 1963, it was only released in 1969. In the meantime, De Niro continued to hone his acting skills on stage.
After several minor films, Robert co-starred in the baseball c, Bang the Drum Slowly alongside Michael Moriarty in 1973. Later that same year, he collaborated for the first time with director Martin Scorsese in the crime-drama Mean
Streets. The relationship between De Niro and Scorsese would become one of the most successful actor/director pairing of all time, leading to a total of eight highly acclaimed film efforts, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and the unforgettable Goodfellas.
After learning many of the cinematic "tricks of the trade" from Scorsese and having a creative eye of his own, De Niro tried his hand at directing himself. His first effort, A Bronx Tale, saw him divide his attention behind and in front of the camera. The result was a well received and commercially successful film which he referred to as his proudest professional achievement. Although his effort was a resounding success, Robert found the pressures involved in directing a major motion picture was far greater than acting in one. He said that he would not be in any hurry to try his hand at directing again anytime soon. He was true to his word. His second directorial effort came thirteen years after A Bronx Tale. When The Good Sheppard was released in 2006, it was met with good but not stellar reviews.
A very private man in his personal life, he usually shuns the limelight. He will lend his name to draw attention to causes he feels are worthwhile, such as the 9/11 documentary (which he narrated) or to help the political campaigns of people he feels strongly about, such as former Vice-President Al Gore in 2000 and Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
He and his second wife, Grace Hightower, live in Manhattan with their son, Elliot (born in 1998). Robert has several other children by previous relationships. With his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, he has a son, Raphael, and an adoptive daughter, Drena. He also has twin sons, Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick with his former girlfriend, Toukie Smith.
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Robert De Niro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 93 Taxi Driver (re-release)
Lowest Metascore: 22 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 64
  2. Negative: 17 out of 64
64 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
24 Godsend Apr 30, 2004 Richard Wells 4.6
37 Analyze That Dec 6, 2002 Paul Vitti 4.5
50 City by the Sea Sep 6, 2002 Vincent LaMarca 6.4
75 About a Boy May 17, 2002 Producer 7.8
32 Showtime Mar 15, 2002 Det. Mitch Preston 4.8
71 The Score Jul 13, 2001 Nick Wells 7.1
34 15 Minutes Mar 9, 2001 Detective Eddie Flemming 5.0
56 Men of Honor Nov 10, 2000 Chief 'Billy' Sunday 7.4
73 Meet the Parents Oct 6, 2000 Producer / Jack Byrnes 7.1
36 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Jun 30, 2000 Producer / Fearless Leader 5.2
50 Flawless Nov 24, 1999 Producer / Walt Koontz 6.4
61 Analyze This Mar 5, 1999 Paul Vitti 6.9
67 Ronin Sep 25, 1998 Sam 7.3
55 Great Expectations Jan 30, 1998 Prisoner/Lustig 6.9
73 Wag the Dog Dec 25, 1997 Producer / Conrad Brean 7.2
64 Jackie Brown Dec 25, 1997 Louis Gara 7.8
64 Cop Land Aug 15, 1997 Moe Tilden 7.2
68 Marvin's Room Dec 18, 1996 Producer / Dr. Wally 8.4
49 Sleepers Oct 18, 1996 Father Bobby 7.7
32 The Fan Aug 16, 1996 Gil Renard 5.6
76 Heat Dec 15, 1995 Neil McCauley 8.7
73 Casino Nov 22, 1995 Sam 'Ace' Rothstein 8.4
80 A Bronx Tale Sep 23, 1993 Director / Producer / Lorenzo Anello 8.7
60 This Boy's Life Apr 9, 1993 Dwight Hansen 8.2
71 Mad Dog and Glory Mar 5, 1993 Wayne 'Mad Dog' Dobie 7.2
73 Cape Fear Nov 13, 1991 Producer / Max Cady 7.7
38 Backdraft May 24, 1991 Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale 7.6
74 Awakenings Dec 20, 1990 Leonard Lowe 8.5
89 Goodfellas Sep 1, 1990 James 'Jimmy' Conway 9.2
78 Midnight Run Jul 20, 1988 Jack Walsh 8.3