Had earliest stage experience, playing the Cowardly Lion in a PS 41 production of "The Wizard of Oz"
Left school at age 16 to begin studying acting with Stella Adler
Landed bit part on the daytime soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, NBC)
Had a walk-on role in Marcel Carne's "Trois Chambre a Manhattan/Three Rooms in Manhattan"
Made feature starring debut in Brian De Palma's "The Wedding Party" (shelved until 1969)
First released feature, De Palma's "Greetings"
Reprised "Greetings" role for De Palma's "Hi, Mom!"
Co-starred with Shelley Winters in "Bloody Mama"
Made off-Broadway debut in Winters' play "One Night Stand of a Noisy Passenger"
First collaboration with producer Irwin Winkler, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"
Delivered the poignant portrayal of a dying catcher in the baseball picture "Bang the Drum Slowly"
First film with director Martin Scorsese, "Mean Streets"; the two had actually been boyhood acquaintances but had not seen each other in 14 years
Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as a young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather II"; spoke only eight words in English, rigorously researching and learning the Sicilian dialect which predominates
Portrayed pampered bourgeois grandson of the tyrannical landowner Burt Lancaster in Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900"
Re-teamed with Scorsese for "Taxi Driver"; his first solo billing above the title; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Essayed Irving Thalberg-like movie mogul in "The Last Tycoon"; was adapted from the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Re-teamed with Scorsese to portray a musician romancing a band singer (Liza Minnelli) in "New York, New York"; produced by Winkler
Starred as Pennsylvania steelworker-turned Green Beret Michael Vronsky in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"; received second Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Received Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of boxer Jake La Motta in Scorsese's "Raging Bull"; first film with Joe Pesci who played his brother
Played world class loser Rupert Pupkin, who kidnaps a famous late-night talk show host (Jerry Lewis) in Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"
Joined director Sergio Leone for his mob tale "Once Upon a Time in America"; second film with Pesci
Made Broadway debut in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"
Portrayed Al Capone in De Palma's "The Untouchables"; scripted by David Mamet
Matched wits with Charles Grodin in Martin Brest's socko action-comedy "Midnight Run"
Founded TriBeCa Films with Jane Rosenthal
Debut as an executive producer, the remake of "We're No Angels"; scripted by Mamet and co-starring Sean Penn
Earned another Best Actor Oscar nomination as a patient who regains consciousness after three decades in a coma in "Awakenings"
Reteamed with Scorsese and Pesci for "GoodFellas"
First film with Winkler as a director, "Guilty By Suspicion"; played a film director confounded by the blacklist
Played the monstrous Max Cady in Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear"; nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award
Starred in Winkler's "Night and the City" opposite Jessica Lange
First credit as producer on a film in which he did not act, "Thunderheart"
Debut as an executive producer, the anthology TV series "Tribeca" (Fox)
Feature directorial debut, "A Bronx Tale" (also acted and produced); fourth film with Pesci
Delivered low key turn as nerdy cop in John McNaughton's "Mad Dog and Glory"; Scorsese served as a producer
First onscreen pairing with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's "Heat"
Reunited again with Scorsese and Pesci for "Casino"
Produced and acted in "Marvin's Room," an adaptation of Scott McPerson's off-Broadway play
Cast in a supporting role as NYPD internal affairs special agent Moe Tilden in James Mangold's "Cop Land"
Played a political fixer who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to stage a nonexistent war in Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"
Essayed the small role of prisoner-benefactor in the remake of "Great Expectations"
Starred in John Frankenheimer's international thriller "Ronin"
Portrayed a New York gangland boss suffering from anxiety attacks in Harold Ramis' "Analyze This"
Played an ultra-conservative, retired security guard who takes singing lessons from his drag queen neighbor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Joel Schumacher's "Flawless"
Starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Men of Honor"
Enjoyed box office success as the oddball father in Jay Roach's "Meet the Parents"
Portrayed a decorated police detective teamed up with a fire department investigator (Ed Burns) in "15 Minutes"
Teamed on screen with Marlon Brando and Edward Norton in the heist thriller "The Score"
Made rare TV appearance as host of the two-hour CBS special "9/11"
Teamed with Eddie Murphy for the comedy "Showtime"
Played a NYC policeman investigating a murder that hits close to home in "City by the Sea"
Reprised role of gangster Paul Vitti in the sequel "Analyze That" opposite Billy Crystal
Voiced mob boss Don Lino in the animated feature "Shark Tale"
Reprised role of Jack Byrnes in the comedy sequel "Meet the Fockers"
Played a widowed father opposite Dakota Fanning in the thriller "Hide and Seek"
Directed second feature, "The Good Shepherd," loosely based on the life of CIA agent James Angleton; also co-starred in the film with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie
Co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes in the fantasy adventure film "Stardust"
Again teamed with Al Pacino as cops on the hunt of a serial killer in "Righteous Kill"
Starred as a fading Hollywood producer in Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened"
Played a widower who reunites with his children in the drama "Everybody's Fine"
Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez
Played a parole officer in the thriller "Stone"
Once again reprised the role of Jack Byrnes for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
Played a business mogul opposite Bradley Cooper in "Limitless"
Co-starred with Clive Owen and Jason Statham in the action feature "Killer Elite"
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
Played the title character's con man father in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book <i>Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir</i>
Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in the drama thriller "Red Lights"
Played the father of Bradley Cooper's character in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"