Robert De Niro (1943- ) is one of the most popular screen actors of his generation. The native New Yorker honed his craft at La Guardia High School, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and the Actor's Studio. He made his first film, Greetings, in 1968, and has worked prolifically ever since. His wide range includes roles in films such as Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Mean Streets (1973), The Last Tycoon (1976), The Untouchables (1987), Goodfellas (1990), Frankenstein (1994), Casino (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequel Meet the Fockers (2004), Analyze This (1999) and its sequel Analyze That (2002), and Righteous Kill (2008). De Niro has also directed--and acted in--two critically acclaimed films: A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006).
De Niro's highly decorated career includes two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Best Actor for Raging Bull (1980). He received four more Best Actor nominations for Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Awakenings (1990), and Cape Fear (1991). He has also received six BAFTA nods and eight Golden Globe nominations, including one win for Raging Bull. De Niro was honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He heads his own production company, TriBeCa Film Center, and co-founded TriBeCa's Film Festival. He also co-owns three New York City restaurants: Nobu, TriBeCa Grill, and Locanda Verde. De Niro is currently filming Machete, which is scheduled for release in 2010.