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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Robert De Niro

Robert Anthony De Niro was born in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, New York on August 17, 1943.

His father, Robert De Niro Sr. was a noted abstract Expressionist artist, and his mother was a painter. Later, his father came out as gay

At the age of 10, Robert De Niro played the Lion in a local production of the Wizard of Oz.

As a boy his nickname was 'Bobby Milk', after his pale skinny frame. The moment he left school he joined a gang.

De Niro spent $20,000 for a dentist to mess up his teeth for his role in the movie, Cape Fear.

Robert De Niro gained 60lb (27kg) tp play Jake LaMotto in Raging Bull.

De Niro ate pancakes every morning and went to Italy on an eating tour to gain weight to play Al Capone in The Untouchables.

Robert De Niro learned to play the saxophone for his role in New York, New York.

Bananarama, who had a hit in 1984 with "Robert De Niro is Waiting," had themselves to wait when De Niro, a fan of the song, set up a meeting. They were so nervous they got steaming drunk before he turned up.

De Niro at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49203466

Among the many film scripts the famously picky actor turned down was The Last Temptation of Christ, in which he was offered the role of Jesus. But he was happy to appear on Ricky Gervais' comedy show, Extras, during a break in the filming of the 2007 movie Stardust.

Source Mail on Sunday

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