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When the little Robert was two years old, his parents divorced because of the sexual orientation of his father. The boy was living with his mother in Greenwich Village, Little Italy in Manhattan, and his father settled in the next quarter.
After the divorce, De Niro Sr. continued being interested in the fate of his son and often helped him in difficult situations that were many in Robert’s life. The mother did not have enough time to raise her son; the boy was on his own for a lot of time. At that time the street homeless children were his friends, who called him «Bobby Milk» for his being pale and puny. But, despite the thinness and small complexion, Robert was always able to stand up for himself, having earned a reputation in his street company.
In the first class, the boy went to elementary school in Lower Manhattan. There, for the first time, he acted in the children's play «The Wizard of Oz». His acting debut was successful, and Robert gradually became interested in acting. As a teenager, he attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and in high school, he studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Here he became acquainted with the system of Stanislavsky and finally chose his future profession.
Over the next eight years, the young actor starred in seven movies but still remained unknown to the general public. The situation changed with the release of the sports drama «Bang the Drum Slowly» (1973), in which De Niro played one of the lead roles. This work was awarded by the prestigious New York Film Critics and attracted famous directors.
In the same year, the famous Martin Scorsese invited the young actor to play a lead role in the action movie «Mean Streets». According to the director, the events take place in Little Italy, the native quarter of De Niro, so the actor has not made any efforts to become a criminal character in a masterful way. This work initiated a creative collaboration between Robert and Martin, who became not only his guiding star in the world of cinema but also a good and loyal friend.
In 1974, it was the release of the second part of the cult trilogy «The Godfather» by Francis Ford Coppola, in which Robert De Niro played the role of Don Corleone in his youth. This work brought Robert the worldwide success and recognition and was deservedly awarded the main prize of the American Academy Awards - «Oscar» for Best Actor.
The second half of the 1970s was the prosperity of the creative tandem of De Niro and Scorsese. The actor starred in four movies of this master: «Taxi Driver» (1976), «New York, New York» (1977), «The Deer Hunter» (1978) and «The Raging Bull» (1980). For the role in the last one, Robert had to put on twenty-seven kilograms and learn professional boxing in the ring. His efforts were not in vain, and De Niro’s creative box gained another «Oscar».
Robert De Niro in «Taxi Driver»
In 1984, the gangster movie «Once Upon a Time in America» was released. It finally turned Robert into the protagonist of crime action movies. The directors were willing to use the usual image, but the actor wanted to try himself in other genres. He played a comedy role in the next Scorsese's movie «The King of Comedy» (1983), starred with Meryl Streep in the romantic movie «Falling in Love» (1984), appeared in the historical drama «The Mission» (1986) and turned into a patient of the mental hospital in «Awakenings» (1990).
Robert De Niro at the Oscar award ceremony (1981)
However, he did not forget about his special role: to the beginning of the 2000s, such successful movies as «The Untouchables» (1987), «Goodfellas» (1990), «Casino» (1995), «Heat» (1995), «The Fan» (1996), «Ronin» (1998) were added to the list of Robert De Niro’s action movies. At this time, the popularity of the actor peaked; he became well-known outside the USA and more than once headed the jury of the prestigious film festivals. In 1993, it was released «A Bronx Tale», the directorial debut of Robert De Niro, in memory of his father who died of cancer.
In 2001, after the terrorist attack in New York, Robert co-founded the Tribeca festival, designed to draw attention to the affected areas of Manhattan and return them to full economic and cultural life.
His second directorial work was the action movie «The Score» (2001) with the legendary Marlon Brando. In 2006, Robert presented to the audience the fascinating detective story «The Good Shepherd» with many leading Hollywood actors, such as Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon, but this movie did not impress the audience very much.
In 2011, the actor was awarded the «Golden Globe» for his invaluable contribution to the development of world cinema. Many people had remembered the testimonial speech of deeply moved De Niro. It was later recognized as the best public speaker in the history of this award.
In the same year, the audience was pleased with the melodrama «The Ages of Love», in which Robert starred with the brilliant actress Monica Bellucci. It is impossible to ignore the comedy «Last Vegas», where Robert’s partners are Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman, and the melodrama «Silver Linings Playbook», nominated for «Oscar» eight times. In 2013, it was released «Grudge Match», in which Robert had met Sylvester Stallone in the boxing ring. By the way, according to the audience, the physical form of the 70-year-old De Niro impressed them no less than the iron biceps of famous Sylvester Stallone.
The outstanding event of 2015 was the elderly actor’s acting in the hilarious comedy «Dirty Grandpa», in which De Niro was not afraid to appear in a rather ridiculous image before the audience.
Robert De Niro in the comedy «Dirty Grandpa» (a trailer)
De Niro and Francis Ford Coppola have their cooperative restaurant. The interior is decorated with paintings of Robert's father that he has chosen for this institution himself.
Robert De Niro at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Having lived in the first marriage for eight years, in 1988, the actor divorced with his wife and had an affair with model Toukie Smith. The couple did not officially register their relationship. They attempted to have a child, but it ended in a miscarriage. Their feeling gradually faded, but it did not prevent Toukie from using Robert’s biomaterial. With the help of a surrogate mother, there were born two children - Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick, who De Niro officially adopted.
In 1997, Robert married Grace Hightower, a former model, stewardess, and actress. This couple had been dating for about ten years, before Grace, despite the constant faithlessness of Robert, decided to formalize their relationship. Their son Elliot was born in 1998. In December 2011, the girl Helena was born of a surrogate mother.
In September 2019, the Netflix platform introduced Martin Scorsese’s 3.5-hour drama “The Irishman,” where, according to tradition, Robert De Niro plays the main role. The film is based on a real biography of Frank Sheeran, a man who has gone from a truck driver with meat to the right hand of a mafia boss. Frank frankly tells the true story of gangster America.
Robert De Niro in the ending scene of «Joker»
Irish is the ninth joint film by De Niro and Scorsese, but not the last. In 2021, the premiere of the film "Murderers of the Moon Flower" is planned, in which the main roles are hidden by Martin Scorsese's favorites - De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The director decided to move away from the mafia theme; the story of the life of the American Indians at the beginning of the 20th century will be presented to the audience.
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