Why Famous: American actor, known for many roles including the young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II", a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is also highly regarded for his role in the 1990 crime film "Goodfellas".
His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese began with "Mean Streets", and later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film "Raging Bull". He earned nominations for "Taxi Driver" in 1976 and "Cape Fear" in 1991. Also received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter" (1978), Penny Marshall's "Awakenings" (1990), and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012).
- 1997-06-17 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home
- 1974-12-20 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
- 1976-02-08 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)
- 1978-12-08 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)
- 1980-12-19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States
- 1981-01-31 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win
- 1981-03-31 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win
- 1990-09-19 "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta, is released