Taxi Driver (1976) De Niro
took on the role of Travis Bickle, a mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran who works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City in 1976's Taxi Driver. The role earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
De Niro has worked frequently
with director Martin Scorsese, left. Here, Scorsese, De Niro and Jodie Foster present "Taxi Driver" at Cannes in 1976. The film won the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the festival.
De Niro performs a scene
in "The Godfather Part II" in 1974 in New York. The actor won his first Oscar, for best supporting actor, for his performance as the young Vito Corleone.
Robert De Niro -- now
70 years old! -- has been an indelible presence on the big screen for more than 40 years. In 1976's "Taxi Driver," De Niro plays troubled veteran Travis Bickle, who takes a job as a late-night cabbie and hates what he sees.
De Niro received his latest
Oscar nomination for his performance in 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook," in which he plays the obsessive-compulsive father of Bradley Cooper, right.
De Niro has been nominated
for Oscars seven times and won twice. He earned a best supporting actor nod for "Silver Linings Playbook."
De Niro and wife Grace
Hightower attend the 2013 Actors Fund's Annual Gala Honoring Robert De Niro at The New York Marriott Marquis on in April 2013.
The Deer Hunter (1978) In
1978's The Deer Hunter, De Niro plays a character scarred by his experiences during the Vietnam War: at a prison camp, Vronsky was forced to play Russian roulette against his two friends.
Raging Bull (1980) This Martin
Scorsese classic highlighted the actor's intensity and versatility as LaMotta, a middleweight boxer with violent, self-destructive impulses.
Once Upon a Time in
America (1984) This Sergio Leone classic tells the story of David 'Noodles' Aaronson, a 1930s Jewish gangster forced to confront demons from his past.
Casino (1995) In the eighth
collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro, the actor depicts the rise and fall of real-life casino boss Same 'Ace' Rothstein.
Meet the Parents (2000), Meet
the Fockers (2004), Little Fockers (2010) De Niro broke his mob role streak and surprised fans when he played an absurdly stern father-in-law in the Ben Stiller comedy Meet the Parents. He followed up with two sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.
Robert De Niro on the
Set of Raging Bull Photographer Brian Hamill. The following photographs were taken in New York in 1979.