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|Also Known As:||Robert Mario De Niro Jr.,Robert Deniro||Died:|
|Born:||August 17, 1943||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor director producer restaurateur|
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Returning to high-profile broad comedy, De Niro scored another major hit with "Meet the Parents" (2000), playing a former CIA agent who takes an instant disliking to his potential son-in-law (Ben Stiller) and puts him through intense scrutiny â¿¿ and the occasional lie-detector test â¿¿ to make sure he is right for his first-born daughter (Teri Polo). De Niro again was rewarded for his unusually comic efforts with another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. He rounded out the year with a strong performance as a formidable Master Chief Navy Diver who helps a young man (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) become the Navy's first African-American Master Diver in the well-received, but overlooked true-life tale, "Men of Honor" (2000). After phoning it in as a criminal ready to make one last heist before he retires in "The Score" (2001), he was easily dismissed as a New York homicide detective who enlists the help of a young arson investigator (Ed Burns) in tracking down a pair of Eastern European psychos embarked on a killing rampage in "15 Minutes" (2001).
The string of lackluster films continued when he appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in the limp comedy "Showtime" (2002), playing an LAPD detective roped into starring in a reality show after an on-camera mishap attracts a television producer (Rene Russo). After playing yet another homicide detective in the bleak crime thriller "City by the Sea" (2002), De Niro revived paranoid mob boss Paul Vitti for "Analyze That" (2002), a box office dud that generated enough enmity to avert a third installment. Meanwhile, inspired by the terrorist attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal started the TriBeCa Film Festival, which sought to revitalize and celebrate the city as a major filmmaking center. The first festival took place in 2002 and was a resounding success for the local community, which saw upwards of 150,000 people descend upon lower Manhattan and generated over $10 million in revenue for local businesses. As the festival grew over the years, attracting more widely-recognized talent, some criticized the lack of local representation and complained that it was merely a launching point for Hollywood vanity projects. Despite the criticism, TriBeCa remained a well-regarded staple on the festival circuit.
Back on the big screen, De Niro struck gold with the animated adventure "Shark Tale" (2004), voicing Don Lino, the head of a family of sharks chasing after a small fish (voiced by Will Smith) who may have accidentally killed another shark (voiced by Michael Imperioli). After another late-career misfire with "Godsend" (2004), a forgettable supernatural thriller about human cloning, De Niro revived angry father and ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes for the mega-successful, but unfunny sequel "Meet the Fockers" (2004). He then starred opposite kid phenom Dakota Fanning in the rather routine thriller, "Hide and Seek" (2005), perhaps confirmation that his career was indeed on the wane, creatively speaking. De Niro next journeyed to Spain to film the foreign-made period drama, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (2005), a poignant adaptation of Thorton Wilder's novel about the Archbishop of Lima (De Niro) tasked with finding out why God chose to allow five people to perish in a bridge collapse.
After nearly 15 years, De Niro decided to step back behind the camera and direct "The Good Shepherd" (2007), a sprawling historical look at the creation of the CIA through the eyes of an intelligence officer (Matt Damon) struggling to keep his secret life away from his frustrated wife (Angelina Jolie). De Niro had a small role as the former head of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor agency to the CIA. Despite sharp attention to period details, a strong cast and sweeping scope, "The Good Shepherd" suffered from flat pacing, convoluted storylines and few twists, turning what could have been an intriguing study into an overlong bore. After returning to animated features with a small voice role as The King in "Arthur and the Invisibles" (2006), De Niro chewed up the scenery as a brute pirate looking to unleash his inner queen in the comic fantasy, "Stardust" (2007). After an amusing, though brief cameo as himself on "Extras" (HBO, 2005-07), De Niro starred alongside Al Pacino for a decidedly longer period of time in the crime thriller "Righteous Kill" (2008). Turning to Hollywood satire, De Niro was the focus of "What Just Happened?" (2008), playing a middle-aged producer struggling to grab hold of his flailing career while trying desperately to deal with his spiteful ex-wife (Robin Wright Penn) and his suddenly grown-up daughter (Kristen Stewart). After playing a widower who reunites with his children in "Everybodyâ¿¿s Fine" (2009), he had a supporting role as a corrupt Texas senator in "Machete" (2010), before playing portraying an officer in "Stone" (2010) and reprising Jack Byrnes for the second sequel "Meet the Fockers" (2010). De Niro next joined Jason Stratham and Clive Owen for the critically maligned action thriller "Killer Elite" (2011) and played a powerful tycoon who opens new worlds for a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper) with an experimental drug in the underwhelming thriller "Limitless" (2011).
De Niro closed out yet another exceptionally busy year with a small turn in one of the many vignettes that comprised director Gary Marshallâ¿¿s "New Yearâ¿¿s Eve" (2011), the uninspired sequel to his earlier holiday-themed romantic comedy hit. Continuing to work at a notoriously relentless pace, the veteran actor took leading roles in a pair of modestly-budgeted thrillers the following year. Opposite Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, De Niro played an enigmatic psychic in "Red Lights" (2012), while in "Freelancers" (2012) he portrayed the leader of a rogue police task force. Also seen in limited release was the biographical drama "Being Flynn" (2012), in which the versatile performer was seen as Jonathan Flynn, a failed writer and estranged father of Nick (Paul Dano), himself an emerging author, whose life Jonathan abruptly reenters. While "Being Flynn" earned De Niro some of the best critical praise he had received in years, the film as a whole failed to excite most reviewers. His next effort, however, would score on both fronts. In writer-director David O. Russellâ¿¿s romantic comedy-drama "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), De Niro delivered a perfectly nuanced performance as an out-of-work aspiring restaurateur and father of a son (Bradley Cooper) struggling with mental health issues after being released from a treatment facility. For his work in the critically-hailed charmer, De Niro was nominated for both a SAG award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. After appearing in the ensemble romantic comedy "The Big Wedding" (2013), De Niro reteamed with Russell for a role in "American Hustle" (2013). De Niro teamed with Anne Hathaway for the workplace comedy "The Intern" (2015) by writer-director Nancy Meyers, played a retired widower who becomes an intern at a growing corporation.Niro made the broad comedy, "Analyze This" (1999), in which he gave a comical send-up of former onscreen mobsters as a New York gang boss who seeks help for his anxiety attacks from a nebbish psychologist (Billy Crystal). Not too surprisingly, De Niro received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. He took a drastic step backwards with his next project, however, playing a homophobic stroke victim who tries to regain his power of speech by learning how to sing with the help of a drag queen (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Joel Schumacher's melodrama "Flawless" (1999). Luckily, the film was a low-profile indie which generated little attention. The same, however, could not be said of the tent pole disaster, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2000), which saw De Niro's painful portraprewas rele
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