罗伯特·德尼罗 Robert De Niro


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.



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  • Had a long-term relationship with fashion model Toukie Smith, sister of the late fashion designer Willi Smith. They have twins sons together.
  • He married his second wife Grace Hightower in 1997, and she gave birth to their son, Elliot De Niro on March 18, 1998. In 1999, the couple renewed marriage vows at their Ulster County farm in New York's Catskill Mountains, but later that year De Niro filed for divorce. Their fallout continued into 2001 as a potential custody battle over their son, Elliott, heated up. However, the divorce was never finalized and they managed to smooth over their troubles. Their second child was born in December 2011 via surrogate.
  • When he was a child, he was an avid reader of playwrights.
  • Growing up in the Little Italy section of New York City, his nickname was "Bobby Milk" because he was so thin and as pale as milk.
  • Son of painter Virginia Admiral and abstract expressionist Robert De Niro Sr.. Despite being raised Presbyterian, Virginia was an atheist for most of Robert's childhood. Robert Sr. was raised Catholic but was not religious in any way. After De Niro was born, his father Robert Sr. came out as a homosexual and eventually divorced Robert's mother.
  • He formed his own production company, Tribeca Film Center (1989).
  • In his 1980 Oscar acceptance speech, he thanked Joey LaMotta (brother of 杰克·拉莫塔), who was at the time suing United Artists for the portrayal of him in 愤怒的公牛 (1980).
  • After being caught up in a Paris prostitution ring investigation, he, denying any involvement, vowed never to return to France again (1998).
  • Although he is sometimes referred to as an Italian-American actor, De Niro is actually one quarter Italian in ancestry. His father was of half Italian and half Irish descent. His mother was of Dutch, English, German, French and Irish ancestry on her own father's side, and of German ancestry on her own mother's side. Robert was quite close to his Italian paternal grandfather, whom he visited frequently in Syracuse, New York when he was young. De Niro has stated that he identifies "more with [his] Italian side". He was inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame (2002).
  • He is the second actor to receive an Academy Award for portraying Vito Corleone. He and 马龙·白兰度 are the only two actors to receive an Academy Award for playing the same character.
  • He first discovered his love for acting at age 10 when he portrayed the Cowardly Lion in a local production of "The Wizard of Oz". He dropped out of high school to join a gang.
  • Ranked #78 in Premiere magazine's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
  • In 1993, he was tapped to star as 恩佐·法拉利 in the film "Ferrari", which was budgeted at $65 million (U.S.) and had 迈克尔·曼 attached as director. The project fell through.
  • He organized the first Tribeca Film Festival in May 2002. He intended to revitalize the Lower Manhattan area after the September 11 attacks.
  • He was voted as the best actor of all time at FilmFour.com (2002).
  • In 1984, British pop group Bananarama had a song dedicated to him called "Robert De Niro's Waiting". De Niro heard about this and arranged to meet the three girls, but they got so nervous, while waiting for him, that they got drunk before he even arrived.
  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer, and expected to make a full recovery. [October 2003]
  • Spent four months learning to speak the Sicilian dialect in order to play Vito Corleone in 教父2 (1974). Nearly all the dialogue that his character spoke in the movie was in Sicilian.
  • According to a profile in Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue, is the first actor to do a method interpretation of a cartoon character as Fearless Leader in 波波鹿与飞天鼠 (2000).
  • He started the whole "awards show ribbon" tradition by wearing a green ribbon on his lapel at the 1981 Academy Awards. The ribbon was in rememberance of several African-American children who were victims of a serial killer in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980-1981. The ribbon was given to him by a fan in the bleachers as he arrived; the victims' families had been wearing them for months.
  • In the Egyptian film 麦地纳 (1999), the main actor Ali has a duck that he named De Niro after his favorite actor.
  • Was voted the No. #2 greatest movie star of all time in a Channel 4 (UK) poll, narrowly being beaten by 阿尔·帕西诺.
  • This was tricky to make him look huge as Frankenstein's monster in 科学怪人 (1994) , considering that 肯尼思·布拉纳, who played Dr. Frankenstein, is of similar height. Many of the tricks used to make humans, wizards and elves dwarf the hobbits later on for the Lord of the Rings trilogy were also employed to make De Niro appear much bigger than his co-stars, including using very large men as body doubles for shots where only the hands and feet are seen.
  • He was voted the 34th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Singer PJ Harvey refers to De Niro in a song, "Reeling", from her album "4-Track Demos".
  • Finley Quaye mentions him in the song "Sunday Shining", in the line "I'm a hero like Robert De Niro".
  • Was good friends with comedian 约翰·贝鲁西, who died of a drug overdose on March 5, 1982. In fact, De Niro and 罗宾·威廉姆斯 were the last stars to see Belushi alive, albeit on separate visits to Bungalow #3 of L.A.'s Chateau Marmont hotel that fateful day. De Niro visited Belushi at 3:00 am on the morning of his death, but, according to eyewitnesses, left minutes later after seeing that Belushi was sick. Less than an hour earlier, Belushi had been visited by Robin Williams, who also left straight away.
  • Ranked #1 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest Living Actor (Gods Among Us)" list. [October 2004]
  • At age 17, after leaving the movies with a friend, he unexpectedly stated that he was going to be a film actor. No one believed him until he dropped out of his senior year of high school and joined Stella Adler's acting school.
  • Rarely does interviews and is known as one of the most ultra-private celebrities. He was the subject of a late 1990s interview (and cover photo) for Esquire magazine. Most of the article focused on how guarded he is with his personal life, what few details are known about him, what rumors are speculated while only a minority of the article dealt with the actual interview itself. The writer noted that while the interview was ultimately agreed upon, he was given a substantial list of off-limit subjects not to ask De Niro about. They included: politics, religion, his family, his reported interest in fine wines, and so on.
  • When they met shortly before making 穷街陋巷 (1973) De Niro and 哈威·凯特尔 became fast friends. De Niro was from Greenwich Village in Manhattan and was taught by Stella Adler and Keitel was from the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn and was mainly mentored by 李·斯特拉斯伯格. But the two guarded actors bonded and remain close to this day.
  • He and 马丁·斯科塞斯 were brought up blocks apart in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, but never formally met when they were young. When introduced at a party in 1972, the two came to realize that they had seen each other many times but had never spoken.
  • Limousine drivers in Los Angeles joke about his less than generous tips by referring to him as "No Dinero".
  • In October 1997, he ranked #5 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. In 2005, Premiere magazine ranked him as #38 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.
  • Both of his Oscar-winning performances involved 马龙·白兰度. His first Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor, had him playing the younger version of Brando's character Vito Corleone. His second, for Best Actor in 愤怒的公牛 (1980), he recited Brando's famous lines from 码头风云 (1954).
  • Underwent surgery for prostate cancer at New York's Sloan-Kettering Hospital. The cancer has now gone into remission. [December 2003]
  • Co-owns the Rubicon restaurant in San Francisco with Bay area residents 弗朗西斯·福特·科波拉 and 罗宾·威廉姆斯. Much of his father's art work adorns the walls of the business. He also owns a restaurant in West Hollywood, Ago, and co-owns several restaurants in New York, including Nobu and Layla.
  • First performer to receive an Academy Award (for 教父2 (1974)) for a performance in a sequel.
  • He is a staunch supporter of the US Democratic Party. He lobbied Congress against impeaching President 比尔·克林顿 in 1998. He supported 阿尔·戈尔 in the 2000 Presidential election and supported John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election. Supported Democratic senator 巴拉克·奥巴马 for the 2008 presidential election.
  • His performance as Travis Bickle in 出租车司机 (1976) is ranked #42 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • After 美国往事 (1984), director 赛尔乔·莱昂内 planning to cast De Niro in a film he was working on about the siege of Leningrad in World War II, but that project never came about due to Leone's death in 1989.
  • For the role of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991), he paid a dentist $5,000 to make his teeth look suitably bad. After filming, he paid $20,000 to have them fixed. For this film, he was tattooed with vegetable dyes, which faded after a few months.
  • Accidentally broke a rib of 乔·佩西 in a sparring scene in 愤怒的公牛 (1980). This shot appears in the film: De Niro hits Pesci in the side, Pesci groans, and there is a quick cut to another angle.
  • Owns residences on the east and west sides of Manhattan as well as near Marbletown, New York.
  • Mentioned in the song "Gun Love" by the rock band ZZ Top, in the line "Runnin' with the Wild Bunch, makin' like Robert De Niro".
  • (November 11, 2008) Attended the star-studded opening of Dubai's lavish Atlantis Palms resort. Guests were welcomed in style with a display of one million fireworks, said to be visible from space.
  • He based the movement of his character Travis Bickle in 出租车司机 (1976) on that of a crab. He thought the character was indirect and tended to shift from side to side.
  • Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.
  • Is almost perfectly imitated by St. Louis Cardinals' Shortstop, Brendan Ryan, especially during post game interviews.
  • He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
  • Receive the 塞西尔 Award at the Golden Globe Awards. [January 2011]
  • Unlike 马龙·白兰度, who preceded him as Don Vito Corleone, he actually has Italian ancestry in his background. He and Brando both have Dutch ancestry.
  • He was originally cast in the role of Bill the Butcher in 纽约黑帮 (2002), but pulled out when he discovered this would mean spending six months in Europe and was replaced by 丹尼尔·戴.
  • President of the jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Became a father for the second and third time at age 52 when his twins Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick De Niro with [now ex] partner Toukie Smith were born via a surrogate on October 20, 1995.
  • Became a father for the fourth time at age 54 when his second wife Grace Hightower gave birth to their son Elliot De Niro on March 18, 1998.
  • Became a father for the fifth time at age 68 when his daughter Helen Grace De Niro with second wife Grace Hightower was born via a surrogate in December 2011.
  • 教父 (1972) predicts both of his Oscar-winning roles. In a scene with Vito Corleone, a poster advertising a 杰克·拉莫塔 fight can be seen.
  • In the 1950s, Robert lived with his mother in the top floor apartment at 219 West 14th Street in Manhattan's "Little Spain".
  • Walked out of a Radio Times interview after saying the journalist was asking him questions with a "negative inference".
  • He gained 60 pounds for a single scene playing an older Jake La Motta in 愤怒的公牛 (1980).
  • There is a "De Niro Men's Clothing Shop" in Chengdu, China.
  • Prefers making movies to acting on stage.
  • De Niro revealed in March 2016, that his son Elliot is autistic.
  • In an interview with Total Film magazine in 2007, he praised 埃迪·雷德梅恩, whom he directed and starred with in 特务风云 (2006), when asked about younger actors whom he liked.
  • Maternal grandson of Donald (1890-1949), born in the state of Illinois, and Alice (née Groman) Admiral (1887-1962), born in the state of Iowa.
  • Maternal great grandson of Nicholas (1853-1918), born in Holland, and Virginia (née Holton) Admiral (1848-1928), born in the state of Kentucky.
  • Maternal great grandson of August (1856-1947) and Gesina (née Beckman) Groman (1860-1949). Both were born and raised in the state of Indiana and died in the state of Iowa.
  • Robert De Niro's Best Actor Oscar nomination for Cape Fear (1991) is the only time he was nominated for his performance in a film which was not nominated for Best Picture.
  • Speaks fluent Italian and French.
  • At the 31st AFI Life Achievement Awards, 朱迪·福斯特 credited De Niro with introducing her to the true craft of acting. During production of 出租车司机 (1976), he would insist that they'd meet for coffee and rehearse their scenes from together at a local diner. After a while, Jodie became bored of the routine until De Niro began improvising lines during their rehearsals. Jodie soon learned to follow his improv as he weaved back and forth to the original script, in essence teaching her how to effectively build a character.
  • His father left home when he was 2.
  • He left school at 16 and trained with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.
  • He appeared in off - Broadway productions and with touring companies before making his film debut in Brian de Palma's 'Greetings' in 10968.
  • As a teenager he ran with the Greenwich Village 'Kenmare Street Gang'.
  • In 1988 he and Jane Rosenthal founded Tribeca production company which develops projects for him to produce, direct or appear in.
  • Has the most films in the IMDB top 250 of any actor with 10 films represented. The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull(1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Heat (1995), Joker (2019) and The Irishman (2019).


  • Characters prone to brutal violence and/or characters who are borderline psychotics
  • Method acting, heavily studying his characters' backgrounds
  • Mole on his right cheek
  • Intense physical and mental preparation for roles
  • Distinctive New York accent
  • Often plays antiheroes and/or ambiguous, shifty characters