The first major film roles for actor, director and producer Robert De Niro were
in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. In 1974, he played
the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, a role that won him the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also earned a best actor
Oscar for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.
Robert DeNiro was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991). In addition, he
received nominations for his acting in Michael Cimino‘s The Deer Hunter
(1978) and Penny Marshall‘s Awakenings (1990).