Robert De Niro is in contention for his first Emmy at this year’s ceremony for his role in HBO’s telefilm “The Wizard of Lies.” While this is his first time doing a television film, and thus his first Emmy nomination, the actor has a long history of awards for his astounding work in his 40-some odd year career. Click through our photo gallery above that ranks the Top 10 Robert De Niro movies from worst to best.
The actor has earned a total of seven Oscar nominations for his film work and won the awards for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. His first Oscar was for his supporting work in “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and his lead trophy came for his collaboration with Martin Scorsese on “Raging Bull” (1980).
De Niro was also nominated for Best Actor for the Scorsese films “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Cape Fear” (1991). His other nominations consist of two additional bids in the lead category for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Awakenings” (1990) and then a recent Supporting Actor citation for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).
The native New Yorker grew up in the city’s Little Italy and Greenwich Village areas of Manhattan and studied acting at a variety of acting schools in the New York area before making his film debut in an early Brian DePalma film. In recent years the actor has shown his continued love and support for his hometown by creating the Tribeca Film Festival which has become an important venue for films both new and old.
This year’s festival featured a reunion of Francis Ford Coppola and all the surviving principle players of the first “Godfather” films (Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire and of course De Niro). As Emmy night approaches, Gold Derby takes a look back at some of De Niro’s best work and creates our own list of his Top 10 performances.