One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop. De Niro first gained fame for his role in 战鼓轻悄 (1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in 穷街陋巷 (1973), which was his first film with director 马丁·斯科塞斯. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 教父2 (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in 出租车司机 (1976), 猎鹿人 (1978) and Cape Fear (1991). He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as 杰克·拉莫塔 in 愤怒的公牛 (1980).
De Niro has earned four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in 纽约，纽约 (1977), opposite 丽莎·明奈利, 午夜狂奔 (1988), 老大靠边闪 (1999) and 拜见岳父大人 (2000). Other notable performances include 妙想天开 (1985), 铁面无私 (1987), 回火 (1991), 科学怪人 (1994), 盗火线 (1995), Casino (1995) and 危险关系 (1997). At the same time, he also directed and starred in such films as 布朗克斯的故事 (1993) and 特务风云 (2006). De Niro has also received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010.