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Also Known As: Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese Died:
Born: November 17, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flushing, New York, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, producer, assistant film instructor, editor

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Arguably one of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese made some of the most daring films in cinema history. His impressive body of work was a meditation on the visceral nature of violence and male relationships that often reflected his own personal angst growing up in the violent streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Starting with "Mean Streets" (1973), a gritty look at life in Little Italy, Scorsese made his mark on Hollywood while simultaneously discarding many of its conventions. With his seminal films "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Raging Bull" (1980), Scorsese firmly established himself as a top director of his generation. Though he hit a brief creative lull in the 1980s, films like "After Hours" (1985), "The Color of Money" (1986) and "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988) would have been welcome additions on any director's résumé. He returned to top form with the hyperkinetic mob tale, "Goodfellas" (1990), widely considered by fans to be among his best films. With each passing film - "Casino" (1995), "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Aviator" (2004) - Scorsese cemented his legendary status, but failed to win the recognition of his peers. Five times nominated for Best Director at the...

Arguably one of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese made some of the most daring films in cinema history. His impressive body of work was a meditation on the visceral nature of violence and male relationships that often reflected his own personal angst growing up in the violent streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Starting with "Mean Streets" (1973), a gritty look at life in Little Italy, Scorsese made his mark on Hollywood while simultaneously discarding many of its conventions. With his seminal films "Taxi Driver" (1976) and "Raging Bull" (1980), Scorsese firmly established himself as a top director of his generation. Though he hit a brief creative lull in the 1980s, films like "After Hours" (1985), "The Color of Money" (1986) and "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988) would have been welcome additions on any director's résumé. He returned to top form with the hyperkinetic mob tale, "Goodfellas" (1990), widely considered by fans to be among his best films. With each passing film - "Casino" (1995), "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Aviator" (2004) - Scorsese cemented his legendary status, but failed to win the recognition of his peers. Five times nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, he finally won in 2007 for his exceptional Irish gangster thriller, "The Departed" (2006), which gave him the recognition he had long deserved.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Silence (2015)
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  Hugo (2011)
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  The Aviator (2004) Director
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  Gangs of New York (2002) Director

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 Life Itself (2014)
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 Casting By (2013)
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 Side by Side (2012)
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 Bad 25 (2012)
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 Showrunners (2012)
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 Kurosawa's Way (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

1963:
Made first short film while at NYU, "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?"
1966:
First feature-length film, "Who's That Knocking at My Door?" with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, both of whom were to become long-term collaborators
1967:
Made six-minute film, "The Big Shave" with the support of the Belgian Cinematheque
1968:
Hired as director of "The Honeymoon Killers" but replaced after one week
1970:
First documentary as director, "Street Scenes"
1971:
First feature as co-producer, Francois Reichenbach's "Medicine Ball Caravan"
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Commercial feature directing debut (for producer Roger Corman), "Boxcar Bertha"
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Fired from NYU for missing classes while filming "Mean Streets"
1973:
First cameo appearance, "Mean Streets"; also breakthrough as director
1974:
Helmed "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" starring Ellen Burstyn
1976:
Played an important one-scene supporting role in "Taxi Driver"'; also directed
1977:
Helmed the nostalgic movie musical "New York, New York" starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli
1977:
Stage directing debut, "The Act" starring Minnelli
1980:
Directed what many critics proclaimed the best film of the 1980s, "Raging Bull"; earned first Best Director Oscar nomination
1983:
Helmed "The King of Comedy" starring De Niro
1985:
Directed the comedy "After Hours"
1986:
Helmed "The Color of Money," a sequel to "The Hustler" with Paul Newman reprising his role as 'Fast Eddie' Felsen
1987:
Directed first music video, "Bad" starring Michael Jackson and scripted by Richard Price
1988:
Directed the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"; nominated for a Best Director Academy Award
1990:
Helmed and co-wrote "GoodFellas," based on Nicholas Pillegi's non-fiction <i>Wiseguy</i>; film earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay
1990:
Signed a six-picture film production deal with Universal; first film completed under deal, "Cape Fear" (1991) starring De Niro
1992:
Formed film preservation and distribution company Martin Scorsese Presents
1993:
Co-scripted (with Jay Cocks) and directed the elegant adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence"; nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award
1995:
Directed De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone in "Casino"
1997:
Directed the Dalai Lama biopic "Kundun"
1998:
Served as president of the Cannes Film Festival Jury
1999:
Helmed "Bringing Out the Dead"
2000:
Created the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) three-part documentary "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies"
2000:
Co-produced the film "Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire"
2000:
Directed "Il Dolce Cinema," a documentary about the Italian cinema through the 1970s; shown at the Venice Film Festival
2001:
Helmed the four-hour-plus history of Italian cinema, "My Voyage to Italy/Il Mio Viaggio in Italia"; screened at the New York Film Festival (released for one-week Oscar qualifying run, aired on TCM in 2002)
2002:
Executive produced the Katherine Lindberg directed "Rain"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival
2002:
Executive produced "Deuces Wild" starring Matt Dillon and Deborah Harry
2002:
Directed Leonardo DiCaprio in the period drama "Gangs of New York"; received nominations for a BAFTA and an Oscar for his achievement in directing
2003:
Executive produced the six-part series "The Blues" (PBS); episodes directed by Spike Lee and Wim Wenders
2003:
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 28)
2004:
Directed (also produced) the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" about the early life of Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio); received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Director; also nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
2004:
Lent his voice to the animated character Sykes in "Shark Tale"
2006:
Received first Academy Award for directing "The Departed"
2007:
Formed the World Cinema Foundation to preserve neglected films for posterity and restore others that have been damaged
2008:
Directed a documentary of Rolling Stones' <i>A Bigger Bang</i> tour titled "Shine a Light"
2010:
Re-teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio on the drama thriller "Shutter Island"; Scorsese directed and produced
2010:
Produced the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire"; also directed the pilot episode
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series ("Boardwalk Empire")
2011:
Produced and directed the adventure drama "Hugo"; ensemble cast included Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Ben Kingsley
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Education

Cardinal Hayes High School: Bronx , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1964
New York University: New York , New York - 1966

Notes

Scorsese suffers from chronic asthma

He was honored with a Congressional Arts Caucus Award for his vision in making and preserving movies in 1991.

Scorsese received a honorary doctorate from New York University in 1992.

Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1998

He received the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU in 1999. There was some controversy over the award as the ACLU had defended the Hollywood Ten during the 1950s McCarthy era and Scorsese had championed the honoring of Elia Kazan (who "named names") at the 1999 Academy Awards.

"Once we're thrown into the middle of the characters' world, and we start to feel comfortable with them, they hopefully become less strange and different to us--whether it's Nicky [Santoro, played by Joe Pesci] or the Dalai Lama." --Martin Scorsese quoted in American Cinematographer, February 1998

On "Kundun": "Basically, it's the story of a little boy, and we only see what he sees; that's why it's the perfect Disney movie." --Scorsese in Interview, January 1998

"I would love to be able to--and this ego speaking--grow as a filmmaker. Which means that I have to assume I had something as a filmmaker to start with, and I'm not sure about that anymore. Some of my films are very strong, I think. I'll sign them any day. But I wonder if I had any place to go to begin with. I know I had it with 'Mean Streets', I'll tell you that. I honestly don't think I had enough money or time to execute it the way I wanted to, but the force of the actors blasted through it. The other stuff? I don't know. ... I would like my pictures to speak to people in the future, and to mean something to them. And I'm trying like hell, but it's very hard in this marketplace." --Scorsese in Interview, January 1998

Question: "What do you think people's biggest misconception about you is?

Scorcese: "Because of the movies I make, they get nervous, because they think of me as difficult and angry. I AM difficult and angry [laughs], but they don't expect a sense of humor. And the only thing that gets me through is a sense of humor. ..."

--From "Good Fella" in Time Out New York, December 24, 1997-January 8, 1998

Made a chevalier in the French Legion of Honor in 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Laraine Marie Brennan. Former actor. Married on May 15, 1965; divorced c. 1971; has one daughter, Catherine, with Scorsese.
companion:
Sandy Weintraub. Producer. Had relationship with Scorsese c. 1971-75.
wife:
Julia Cameron. Writer. Married in December 1975; has one daughter, Domenica, with Scorsese.
companion:
Liza Minnelli. Actor.
wife:
Isabella Rossellini. Actor, model. Married on September 29, 1979; divorced in 1983; daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
wife:
Barbara De Fina. Producer. Married in February 1985; separated during 1991; began association with Scorsese when she worked as post production supervisor on "The King of Comedy" (1983); executive produced "GoodFellas" (1990) and continued working with him on "The Age of Innocence" (1993) after their separation; divorced.
companion:
Ileana Douglas. Actor. Born c. 1964; granddaughter of actor Melvyn Douglas and Congresswoman/actress Helen Gahagan Douglas; hired to scream in "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988); appeared in "New York Stories" (1989), "GoodFellas" (1990) and "Cape Fear" (1991); no longer together.
wife:
Helen S Morris. Book editor. Works at Random House; married on July 22, 1999; her second marriage.
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father:
Luciano Charles Scorsese. Garment worker, actor. Sicilian-American; worked for 40 years as a pants presser; appeared as himself in Scorsese's "Italianamerican" and acted in small roles in a number of his son's films as well as Brian DePalma's "Wise Guys"; also served as a wardrobe consultant; consultant to Francis Coppola on "The Godfather, Part III"; died after a lengthy illness at age 80 on August 23, 1993; married to Scorsese's mother for 60 years.
mother:
Catherine Scorsese. Garment worker, actor. Sicilian-American; appeared as herself in Scorsese's "Italianamerican"; has played small roles in several of her son's films, including "Mean Streets" and "GoodFellas", as well as films directed by others ("Moonstruck" 1987, "The Godfather Part III" 1990); published "The Scorsese Family Cookbook"; died January 6, 1997 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
brother:
Frank Scorsese. Born c. 1935.
daughter:
Catherine Scorsese. Property assistant, grip, actor. Has worked on a number of her father's films as well as projects directed by others; mother, Laraine Brennan.
daughter:
Domenica Elizabeth Scorsese. Actor. Born c. 1976; mother, Julia Cameron; has appeared in a couple of films directed by father.
daughter:
Francesca Scorsese. Born on November 16, 1999; mother, Helen Morris.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Scorsese on Scorsese" Faber and Faber
"Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino" Scarecrow Press
"Martin Scorsese: A Journey" Thunder's Mouth Press
"A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies" Hyperion/Mirimax
"A Director's Diary: The Making of 'Kundun'" Random House
"Martin Scorsese Interviews" University of Mississippi Press
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