->''"Don't try it, you fucker. '''You talkin' to me?''' You talkin' to me?"''
-->--'''Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle''' in ''Film/TaxiDriver''

Robert Anthony De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is one of the greatest actors in American film history. [[TypeCasting He appears in a lot]] of gangster/cop flicks, and is often compared to Creator/AlPacino. De Niro's most memorable roles include a young Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'', Travis Bickle in ''Film/TaxiDriver'', and Jake [=LaMotta=] in ''Film/RagingBull''.

Under Creator/MartinScorsese's direction, he was one of the first actors to really take DyeingForYourArt to the next level and considered to be the heir of Creator/MarlonBrando in the honor roll of MethodActing and a major inspiration for actors in the generations that have followed, including Creator/DanielDayLewis and Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio among many others.

Tends to enjoy his privacy, and being asked about his family on interviews is his personal BerserkButton. In recent years he has become known as a prominent supporter of the Democrat Party and likewise has become known for playing a number of parts in comedies, and has often been commended as a public speaker.

!! Notable for:

* ''Film/MeanStreets'' (1973) - Johnny Boy
* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' (1974) - Vito Corleone
** He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for that role, which is the only role for which two different actors have won acting Oscars.
* ''[[Film/{{Novecento}} 1900]]'' (1976) - Alfredo Berlinghieri
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (1976) - Travis Bickle
* ''Film/NewYorkNewYork'' (1977) - Jimmy Doyle
* ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' (1978) - Michael Vronsky
* ''Film/RagingBull'' (1980) - Jake [=LaMotta=]
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (1985) - David "Noodles" Aaroson
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' (1985) - Harry Tuttle
* ''Film/TheMission'' (1986) - Rodrigo Mendoza
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' (1987) - Al Capone
* ''Film/AngelHeart'' (1987) - Louis Cyphre[[spoiler:/Satan]]
* ''Film/MidnightRun'' (1988) - Jack Walsh
* ''Film/{{Awakenings}}'' (1990) - Leonard Lowe
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' (1990) - Jimmy Conway
* ''Film/CapeFear'' (1991) - Max Cady
* ''Film/ABronxTale'' (1993) - Lorenzo Anello, also his [[DirectedByCastMember directorial debut]]
* ''This Boy's Life'' (1993) - Dwight Hansen
* ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'' (1994) - [[FrankensteinsMonster The]] [[NotUsingTheZWord Creature]]
* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' (1995) - Sam "Ace" Rothstein
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' (1995) - Neil [=McCauley=]
* ''Film/TheFan'' (1996) - Gilbert "Gil" Renard
* ''Film/{{Sleepers}}'' (1996) - Father Bobby Carillo
* ''Film/WagTheDog'' (1997) - Conrad "Connie" Brean
* ''Film/JackieBrown'' (1997)
* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' (1998) - Sam
* ''Film/AnalyzeThis'' (1999) and ''Analyze That'' (2002) - Paul Vitti
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (2000), ''Meet The Fockers'' (2004), and ''Little Fockers'' (2010) - Jack Byrnes
* ''Film/TheScore'' (2001) - Nick Wells
* ''15 Minutes'' (2001) - Eddie Flemming
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' (2004) - Don Lino
* ''Film/{{Godsend}}'' (2004) - Dr. Richard Wells
* ''Film/HideAndSeek'' (2005) - David Callaway
* ''Film/TheGoodShepherd'' (2006) -- Bill Sullivan (also director)
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' (2007) - Captain Shakespeare
* ''Film/RighteousKill'' (2008) - Turk
* ''Film/WhatJustHappened'' (2008) - Ben
* ''Film/EverybodysFine'' (2009) - Frank Goode
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'' (2010) - Senator [=McLaughlin=]
* ''Film/{{Limitless}}'' (2011) - Carl Van Loon
* ''Film/RedLights'' (2012) - Simon Silver
* ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' (2012) - Pat Solitano, Sr.
* ''Film/{{Malavita}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/GrudgeMatch'' (2013)
* ''Film/TheIntern'' (2015) - Ben Whittaker
* ''Film/{{Joy}}'' (2015) as Rudy Mangano
* ''Film/TheWizardOfLies'' (2017) as Bernie Madoff
!! Tropes associated with Robert [=De Niro's=] roles:

* AdamWesting: Both ''Analyze This'' (and sequel) and ''Shark Tale'' have him lampooning his old mobster roles. Also in ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'', where Fearless Leader asks "You talkin' to me"?
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* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Sometimes played straight, but often times {{Deconstructed}}, {{Downplayed}}, {{Subverted}}, even {{Zig Zagged}}, etc. (especially in his pure dramatic roles).
* DyeingForYourArt: He gained weight (''Film/TheUntouchables'') or muscle (''Film/RagingBull'') for a few roles, and even paid to screw up his teeth for ''Film/CapeFear''.
* EvilIsHammy: Many of his villainous roles have him overacting as much as possible.
* LargeHam: See Main/EvilIsHammy.
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: One of the most famous examples. Plays despicable characters so well, but is a humble and absolute sweetheart off-camera. Scorsese has noted that it was [=DeNiro's=] great personal empathy that allowed him to play dark characters since he had a real-life tendency to try and relate to others.
* MethodActing: De Niro gained 60 1b. for his role in Film/RagingBull.
* MoneyDearBoy: He isn't shy to admit this was the reason why he did ''Little Fockers''.
* PlayingAgainstType: His type is that of Italian-American violent AntiHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist tough guys who are often unlikable, but a number of his parts expanded on it:
** ''Film/{{Novecento}}'' and ''The Last Tycoon'' were both roles that cast him as a romantic leading man. In the former he played an IdleRich BourgeoisBohemian landowner, and the latter had him play Monroe Starr, the ByronicHero lead of Creator/FScottFitzgerald's last novel. Strangely enough, both parts are actually closer to [=DeNiro=] in real life than his more famous roles[[note]]He is the child of an abstract impressionist painter (Robert [=DeNiro=]Sr.) and Virginia Admiral (an OldMoney {{socialite}} who was a painter) and that it was only in his adolescence in New York that he really hung out with street toughs as a kid.[[/note]].
** His supporting turn in Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' as a BombThrowingAnarchist who was a LoveableRogue was another turn from the ordinary. Among Creator/MartinScorsese's films, his role in ''Film/TheKingOfComedy'' as Rupert Pupkin is the least typical of his roles. Pupkin is a LoonyFan and he is entirely different in terms of character (i.e. a PerpetualSmiler who primarily ingratiates himself) and performance (low-key, no shouting and little physical violence) but it's generally considered one of his scariest characters (and Scorsese considers it his best performance).
* ProductionPosse:
** He was previously Creator/MartinScorsese's go-to actor, a role since taken by Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, who made his film debut appearing alongside De Niro in ''This Boy's Life'' and who so impressed the elder actor that he recommended him to Scorsese, who finally did work with him in TheOughties.
** Is now a part of Creator/DavidORussell's general ensemble of actors, alongside Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/BradleyCooper.
* StarMakingRole: Johnny Boy in ''Film/MeanStreets''. He was the supporting character next to Creator/HarveyKeitel, but [=DeNiro=] stole all his scenes, and it was this role that led to him being cast in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'' as Young Vito (and won him an Oscar) while ''Film/TaxiDriver's'' critical acclaim and box-office success turned him into a star and proved that ''he'' could carry an entire film despite the often unlikable and dangerous characters he played.