Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #16

Robert De Niro (b. 1943)


While many actors work hard to lose their accents and regionalisms, native New Yorker Robert De Niro glories in his. With a distinct “Noo Yawk” dialect, he has given some of the most iconic performances in the history of urban cinema, including two Oscar-winning turns in NYC-set films, The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull. He has also done unforgettable work in Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, The King of Comedy, Once Upon a Time in America, Awakenings, and Sleepers, all intrinsically set in Gotham. He also directed A Bronx Tale and is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, initially intended to revitalize the downtown area after 9/11, now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. In addition to his two Oscars, he has won four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the Golden Globe, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.


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