Creator / Robert De Niro

"Don't try it, you fucker. You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"
Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is one of the greatest actors in American film history. He appears in a lot of gangster/cop flicks, and is often compared to Al Pacino. De Niro's most memorable roles include Vito Corleone, Travis Bickle, and Jake LaMotta. Under Martin Scorsese's direction, he was one of the first actors to really take Dyeing for Your Art to the next level. Tends to enjoy his privacy, and being asked about his family on interviews is his personal Berserk Button.

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Tropes Associated with Robert De Niro

  • Adam Westing: Both Analyze This (and sequel) and Shark Tale have him lampooning his old mobster roles.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : Sometimes played straight, but often times deconstructed, downplayed, subverted, even zig-zagged, etc. (especially in his pure dramatic roles).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: He gained weight (The Untouchables) or muscle (Raging Bull) for a few roles, and even paid to screw up his teeth for Cape Fear.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Many of his villainous roles have him overacting as much as possible.