De Niro still a raging bull at 74
THE 'Raging Bull' of cinema - Robert De Niro - will celebrate his 74th birthday.
A New Yorker though and through, De Niro was born in Greenwich Village to Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr in 1943.
He attended several schools throughout his youth but once he discovered acting, and more importantly cinema, he dropped out at the age of 16 and focused on his future career.
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De Niro's grabbed his first movie role in Brian De Palma's 1963 film The Wedding Party but gained some attention with his role as a dying baseball player in Bang The Drum Slowly (1973).
But it was in 1974 when he made his major breakthrough, scoring the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather II. The award created a slice of history: De Niro and Marlon Brando becoming the only two actors to win Oscars for portraying the same fictional character.
However, his career path was set in stone when he met lifelong collaborator, director Martin Scorsese, on the set of Mean Streets (1973).
Together, director and actor produced several critically acclaimed films including Raging Bull (1980), for which he again won an Oscar, Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995) and the movie that shot De Niro into stardom, Taxi Driver (1976), in which De Niro's Travis Bickle uttered one of cinema's most famous lines: "You talkin' to me?".
De Niro's tough guy persona worked just as well in comedies where he was often cast as the humourless offsider in films such as Meet The Parents (2000), Analyze This (1999) and Showtime (2002).
He is also just as adept behind the camera as he was in front of it, directing A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006), while helping organise the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival.
De Niro's latest film The War With Grandpa is scheduled for release in October.