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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.

Early beginnings of Tom Cruise

If we told you a name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, you probably wouldn’t have an idea we are talking about Tom Cruise. He was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse New York to Mary and Thomas Mapother. His mother was an amateur actor and school teacher, while his father was an engineer. Because of his father’s career, Tom’s family had to move a lot, and eventually, they divorced when he was 11. Tom and his siblings inherited dyslexia, which caused him significant problems during his growing up. He was great in athletics, so he thought of perusing a career in professional wrestling, but injured knee stopped him at those intentions.

At age 14, Tom enrolled in a Franciscan seminary school with the thought of becoming a priest, but he left a school after a year. Later in his life devotion to church has come out in different forms and Tom became one of the most famous members of Scientology.

tom2When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in a school musical, Guys and Doll. He found that stage suited him well and he felt like home. At this point, his future path has been formed.

When Tom started acting, he determined a ten-year deadline for himself, where he will try to create a successful career. He Left Syracuse and moved to New York. While struggling through auditions, he landed the first role in 1981 in an Endless Love. At the same time, he was playing in a drama Taps, together with Sean Penn.

His role in Taps was improved after some time when a director of the play saw Tom’s potential. He was outstanding, and his performance caught an eye of critics and filmmakers. In 1983, Tom started working with Francis Ford Coppola on the movie The Outsiders, but the movie wasn’t well received by the audience. Even though The Outsiders haven’t made a huge success in theaters around the U.S., it allowed Tom to get an A-list status.

Three years later, Tom Cruise is already an established actor and when the Top Gun came out. But, this move brought him even bigger success, and it was the film with the highest gross in that years. From there Tom’s career has only been growing up and nowadays, he is one of the most famous actors in the world, well known for action movies.