He then appeared in Roger Corman's film Bloody Mama (1970).He gained popular attention with his role as a dying Major League Baseball player in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and began his collaboration with Martin Scorsese when he played the small-time criminal Johnny Boy in Mean Streets (1973).His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.
He earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese.De Niro received additional nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter (1978), Penny Marshall's drama Awakenings (1990), and David O.De Niro always played edgy movie roles, obsessively studying the character he would play until he became the character – from the Vietnam Vet Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, the madman Max Cady in Cape Fear, boxing champ Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, Michael, the leader of the three ex-war vets in The Deer Hunter, gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables.Belushi was simply following his friend’s method: the comedian wanted to play a punk rock musician in a new movie and needed to know what heroin, favored by punk rockers, was all about. Getting no answer, Harry Dean and De Niro checked out Belushi’s bungalow and found him loaded on heroin and cocaine in the company of Cathy Smith, a woman who drifted through the music business and lives of musicians.In Los Angeles, the meeting ground was Belushi was ensconced in a bungalow for the ultimate wild partying privacy and De Niro in a suite in the hotel’s main building where he carried on his own partying with several women, alcohol and cocaine.
De Niro telephoned Belushi on the night of March 4th, 1982, to join him and actor pal Harry Dean Stanton at On the Rox, an infamous nightclub on the Sunset Strip where the best musicians drifted through and played in the company of boozing movie stars and celebrities.
He then went to Elisabeth Irwin High School, the private upper school of the Little Red School House, for the seventh and eighth grades.
De Niro's first film role came at the age of 20, when he appeared in Brian De Palma's 1963 film The Wedding Party, but the film was not released until 1969.
The couple were photographed in Paris but De Niro's pursuit of women had been going on for many years and they were to divorce in Court battle: Ten years after giving birth, Helena - by then married - went to court in Los Angeles to secure more maintenance from De Niro. But he was also a ferocious partygoer, spending time with De Niro as they shared a love of cocaine West coast scene: Belushi fitted in at the Chateau Marmont, where anything went and celebrities were regularly partying with vast quantities of drugs.
But there was a shock outcome when the court ordered tests which showed that he was not in fact the father'I'd go fast, he'd go fast. De Niro used it to play while he left his wife at home Tragic ending: On March 5 1982 John Belushi's body was taken out of the Chateau Marmont.
De Niro had grown up in the bohemian New York scene in Greenwich Village, his mother, Virginia Admiral - and known by that name after her brief two-year marriage to Robert De Niro, Sr, was 'an independent businesswoman' who also framed pictures and made jewelry. was an artist and regarded as a peer of - although not as successful as - Abstract Expressionist artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Partying in private: A rare picture of De Niro enjoying himself in public as he toasts his Oscar for the Godfather Part II.