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ROBERT DE NIRO (Paul Vitti) launched his prodigious career in Brian Dc Palma's "The Wedding Party" in 1959. By 1973, De Niro had twice won the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his performances in "Bang the Drum Slowly" and Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."

In 1974, De Niro received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleane 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." De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in four additional films: for his role as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's "The Deerhunter," as a catatonic patient brought back to life in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings," and in 1992 for his role as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic "Cape Fear."

De Niro's distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan's film of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel 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," Ron Howard's "Backdraft," Michael Caton-Jones' "This Boy's Life," John MeNaughton'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 Cuaron's "Great Expectations," Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and John Frankenheimer's "Ronin."

In 1988, De Niro founded his production company, Tribeca Productions, and the Tribeca Film Center with Jane Rosenthal, who also serves as producer on "Analyze This." The film "A Bronx Tale" marked De Niro's directorial debut.


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