Martin Scorsese

Filmmaker

Born: 17 November 1942
Birthplace: Queens, New York
Best known as:

The famed director of Taxi Driver and The Departed

Martin Scorsese's films about mobsters, mean streets and the violence of modern life made him one of America's most respected modern filmmakers. Scorsese studied film at New York University, and, like Francis Ford Coppola, got his start directing movies for producer Roger Corman. After directing Corman's Boxcar Bertha (1972), Scorsese was able to make the more personal Mean Streets the next year. That movie launched the careers of actors Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro and earned critical raves for Scorsese himself. He had further success with Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974, starring Ellen Burstyn) and then Taxi Driver (1976, with DeNiro and Jodie Foster). Taxi Driver, with DeNiro as crazed assassin-wannabe Travis Bickle, became an iconic film of the 1970s and put DeNiro on the map for good. Following in the distant footsteps of Coppola's Godfather films, Scorsese has made a number of films exploring the rush and despair of organized crime, including Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995, with Sharon Stone), Gangs of New York (2002, with Leonardo DiCaprio), and the Boston undercover drama The Departed (2006, with Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon). The Departed won the Academy Award as the best picture of 2006, with Scorsese also winning the Oscar as the year's best director. Martin Scorsese's many other movies include Raging Bull (1980, with DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMotta), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, starring Willem Dafoe as Jesus of Nazareth), The Color of Money (1986, with Paul Newman in a sequel to The Hustler), The Aviator (2004, with DiCaprio as Howard Hughes), the George Harrison documentary Living in the Material World (2011), and Scorsese's sentimental homage to film history, Hugo (2011). 

Extra credit:

Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro have made eight movies together as of 2011: Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995)... Martin Scorsese's mother, Catherine, has appeared in several of his movies; she played Joe Pesci's mom in Goodfellas... Scorsese directed the Michael Jackson video "Bad."

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