Robert De Niro – biography
Legendary Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro is one of the most prominent people in this industry. He was born in New York City on August 17, 1943. From his early days, he was never into school, and at the age of 16, he left school to study acting with Stella Adler. His parents were known as a golden couple in New York’s art scene. His mother was a gifted painter, she graduated from Berkley University and made a significant name for herself. His father, Robert De Niro senior, was a painter, poet, and sculptor and received great critics for his work. While De Niro’s father stayed devoted to his art, he was primarily raised by his mother.
When he was a child, De Niro often spend time with his dad attending different movie premiers, and he has been particularly fond of Swedish actress Greta Garbo. His mother, Virginia, was working part-time as a typist and copyeditor for Dramatic Workshop which owned Maria Picator. This situation allowed Robert De Niro to attend acting classes for free. When he was 10, De Niro debuted as the Cowardly Lion in famous Wizard of Oz. After this, he was accepted at High School of Music and Art, the most prestigious school of visual and performance art. While attending this school he was under a lot of pressure, he soon gave up and moved to the public school.
In 1960, after he spent months traveling to California to visit relatives, De Niro left high school and started to study acting. During that time, he was attending classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and taking high school classes at night, but never managed to graduate.
Later, his mother borrowed him the money she saved for his college education and invested in his career. He started studying shortly with Lee Strasberg and then started auditioning.
In 1974, De Niro became an established actor when he played the role of Vito Corleone, in Coppola’s movie The Godfather. This role brought him the most prestigious award in the entertainment industry, the Oscar. Later he played in many movies, but he always took the profound roles that would leave some trace in cinematic history. He played various characters with different psychological profiles and audience recognized his funny side, which earned him the respect from the people around the world. Millions of people enjoyed laughing while he performed stunts.