Actor and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival Robert De Niro at the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival, October 30, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
Born in New York City in 1943 to two accomplished painters, Robert De Niro grew up in Little Italy and was attracted to acting from a very young age. He studied with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, and at age 20 made his first movie with director Brian De Palma, "The Wedding Party," which was not released until 1969.
He has since appeared in nearly 100 films, winning two Academy Awards, while earning the accolade of the finest actor of his generation.
By CBSNews.com senior editor David Morgan
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