Aug. 17 - Iconic Italian-American actor Robert De Niro turns 70 on August 17. Lindsay Claiborn reports.
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Robert De Niro, who has wowed filmgoers since the 1960s, turns 70 years old on Saturday (August 17).
The Italian-American actor, known for his Oscar winning roles as mob boss Vito Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) and boxer Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" (1980), has become a staple of cinema and is considered an archetype of the classic New York actor.
De Niro started appearing in films in the mid-1960s, and began to make a name for himself in 1973 with "Bang the Drum Slowly," in which he played a dying major league baseball player.
Soon after, he was cast as a young version of Vito Corleone in the second installment of Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" film series, winning an Academy Award for best supporting actor in a role that consisted of him speaking in several Sicilian dialects.
De Niro went on to win an Oscar for best actor for his turn in "Raging Bull." He also was nominated for lead performances in "Taxi Driver," "The Deer Hunter," "Awakenings" and "Cape Fear."
He earned his second supporting actor nomination for the 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook."
Other notable roles include comedic turns in the "Analyze This" films with Billy Crystal and the "Meet the Parents" series opposite Ben Stiller.
In addition to his film roles, De Niro invests in a handful of restaurants, including Nobu sushi in New York, founded TriBeCa productions, and co-founded the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2002.
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