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Hollywood Stands To Applause As Ace Actor Robert De Niro Celebrates His 75th Birthday

Date August 17, 2018 18:20

He is the ever-scowling, tough-talking boss from American television that everybody loves to love. De Niro was born on August 17, 1943, in New York City, New York. He cut his teeth at 20 in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party,” a film shot in 1963, but released in 1969.

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In 1980, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor after playing Jake LaMotta in 1990’s “Raging Bull” after winning Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather Part II” (1974).

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Well before his face became popular on television, De Niro was already trying his hands out at acting, playing the Cowardly Lion in a school production of “The Wizard Of Oz”. Ironically, his portrayals of Italian gangsters are highly appreciated even among Italians.

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In 2006, he was granted Italian citizenship, a testament to his charm and appeal even on the international scene. He made history as the first actor to win the Best Supporting Actor award in a character that barely spoke English. De Niro had to learn Sicilian to pull off the role, a feat only so many other actors can boast of.

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De Niro is in his own rights a bundle of contradictions made manifest in the diverse range of roles he has taken on in the span of his career. His millions of fans are using this opportunity to celebrate the iconic actor on social media.

De Niro is far from retirement as he continues to clinch major Hollywood deals. Here is wishing him the very best in years to come. Salute!

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