Robert De Niro, born in 1943 is an American actor, film director and film producer of Italian origin. De Niro is considered one of the best actors in the history of cinema, especially for the important production between the seventies and nineties of the twentieth century, in which he had the opportunity to work with renowned directors on enormously successful films. A perfectionist known for his obsessive preparation and documentation of his roles, he has played some of the most famous, troubled and complex characters to appear on screen. He has also expanded his career by self-directing on a couple of occasions and in 2002 co-founded the Tribeca Festival.
He was nominated eight times for the Academy Award, winning it on two occasions: in 1975 as best supporting actor in the role of the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather and in 1981 as best leading actor for playing the boxer Jake LaMotta in the film Raging Bull. He famous his performance in Scorsese's Taxi Driver where he was nominated for best leading actor.
De Niro has seven children born to four different women. In October 2003 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, for which he underwent surgery in December 2003 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.