Robert De Niro is an American actor, director, and producer. Robert De Niro is considered one of the greatest actors of his generation. Robert De Niro first major film role was in 1973`s Bang the Drum Slowly. In 1974, Robert De Niro played the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
Robert De Niro longtime collaboration with Martin Scorsese began with 1973`s Mean Streets, and earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. Robert De Niro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: New York, New York, Midnight Run, Analyze This and Meet the Parents.
Robert De Niro was born in New York City. His father was of Italian and Irish descent, and his mother was of English, German, French, and Dutch ancestry. His Italian great-grandparents, Giovanni and Angelina Mercurio, emigrated from Ferrazzano, in the province of Campobasso, Molise.