Robert De Niro
Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, director, and producer. Robert De Niro is well-known for what some people call method acting and portrayals of conflicted, troubled characters and for his enduring collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. He studied Acting with Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting New York which boasts students including Marlon Brando, Steven Bauer (from Scarface), Melanie Griffith, and Australian Actor Christopher Elliott (from the film Under Jacob's Ladder). Robert De Niro gained critical acclaim in the early 1970s, culminating in his first Academy Award as best Supporting Actor for The Godfather Part II (1974), followed by a Best Actor Academy Award win for Raging Bull (1980). His film roles include the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, cabbie Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, soldier Michael Vronsky in The Deer Hunter, boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, mobster David Aarenson Once Upon A Time in America, plumber/terrorist Harry Tuttle in Brazil, mobster Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, Al Capone in The Untouchables, Louis Gara in Jackie Brown, Jack Byrnes in Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, Max Cady in Cape Fear, Cop. Moe Tilden in Cop Land, Cop. Newlan McCouley in Heat and Sam Rothstein in Casino.