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Get this – if there were a Hollywood Walk of Fame just for the cool cats of the movie world, Robert De Niro would have a star at the very front. Yeah, he’s that good. Known for his killer performances, ability to play just about any character, and full-throttle dedication to acting, De Niro has owned the silver screen for decades.

The Kid with a Dream

Robert De Niro was born August 17, 1943, and raised in the Big Apple to two parents who knew something about art. Their influence planted an artsy seed in Bobby (as his friends call him), which bloomed when he played the Cowardly Lion in his school’s take on “The Wizard of Oz” at just ten years old. Pretty rad, right? From then on, acting was his jam. He trained at unique places like the Stella Adler Conservatory and Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio.

So, What’s Next? Stardom!

In the 1970s, De Niro hit the jackpot with his partnership with director Martin Scorsese. Talk about a dynamic duo! They cooked up some of the biggest film hits, like “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” and “Goodfellas” – remember those? With each role, Bobby got a little closer to the stars.

His crazy-good performance as the troubled taxi driver Travis Bickle got him his first Oscar nomination. But his jaw-dropping transformation into boxer Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull” won him the big one – the Oscar! With these roles, De Niro proved he was a severe contender in Hollywood, always ready to dive headfirst into his characters.

More than Just an Actor: The De Niro Brand

De Niro isn’t just a one-trick pony, no sir! In 1989, he co-created Tribeca Productions and has been part of some massive hits. But Bobby didn’t stop there.

It all started with him dipping his toes into directing. Remember “A Bronx Tale” from ’93 and “The Good Shepherd” in 2006? Yeah, those were his babies. And mind you, and he did all that without a fancy schmancy degree to his name. It shows you don’t need a piece of paper to be a Jack of all trades!

Our Bob’s got his mantelpiece groaning under the weight of awards – Academy Awards, Golden Globes, you name it. Plus, the bigwigs even honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Talk about red-carpet royalty! And let’s remember that classy nod from the Kennedy Center. Oh, la la!

But guess what? De Niro’s not the type to kick back and let the moss grow. He’s still lighting up the screen with one killer performance after another. He once said, “Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, could you do it? Could you do it now? Don’t wait,” and boy, does he live by those words.

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