Robert De Niro cements stardom in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Actor Robert De Niro attends his Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 4, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images) Valerie Macon

Robert De Niro's status as a legendary actor was cemented Monday at Hollywood's famed TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre). De Niro pressed his hands and feet into wet cement during a ceremony celebrating the two-time Oscar winner's lengthy career.

"You know, Joe Pesci always said I'd end up with my feet in cement," De Niro told the crowd following speeches by Billy Crystal and "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell, according to E! News. "I don't think this is what he had in mind."

The New York-born De Niro first began acting professionally in the 1960s, training with the likes of Stella Adler, before achieving stardom in the '70s with roles in films like "Taxi Driver" and "The Deer Hunter."

De Niro won his first Oscar as a young Vito Corleone in 1974's "The Godfather, Part II" before going on to land a second Academy Award for 1980's "Raging Bull."

The 69-year-old is now up for a potential third Oscar win for his turn as a father with a mentally ill son in "Silver Linings Playbook." De Niro has also been keeping busy the last several weeks while filming his upcoming boxing film "Grudge Match," with Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger in New Orleans.

De Niro recently spoke to "CBS News Sunday Morning" about his childhood and career. Watch video of the interview at left, where De Niro attributes most of his success to good fortune.

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