Nov. 17th, 1942
Queens, New York, USA
Martin Scorsese's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Shine a Light
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - The Key to Reserva
2005 - No Direction Home
2004 - The Aviator
2004 - The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
2004 - Shark Tale
2003 - A Decade Under the Influence
2002 - Gangs of New York
1999 - Bringing Out The Dead
1999 - The Muse
1994 - Quiz Show
1993 - The Age of Innocence
1991 - Guilty by Suspicion
1990 - The Grifters
1989 - New York Stories
1986 - The Color of Money
1986 - 'Round Midnight
1985 - After Hours
1983 - King of Comedy
1980 - Raging Bull
1978 - American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince
1978 - The Last Waltz
1976 - Taxi Driver
1976 - Cannonball!
1973 - Mean Streets
1972 - Boxcar Bertha
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Director (segment "Alec Baldwin")
Martin Scorsese (Voiced)
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock (1970)), Scorsese directed the gritty exploiter Boxcar Bertha (1972). Mean Streets (1973) followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the Scorsese style: New York settings, loners struggling with inner demons, pointed-shoes rock-meets-opera soundtracks and unrelenting cathartic violence. "Mean Streets" also featured Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, two actors who would help shape that style. After Scorsese directed Ellen Burstyn to a Best Actress Oscar in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). The film achieved additional notoriety five years after its release when Bickle's (De Niro) concern for a teenaged hooker played by Jodie Foster inspired John Hinckley (I)'s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan (I) in 1981. After New York, New York (1977) (which one critic described as a wife-abuse musical) and The Last Waltz (1978), Scorsese released Raging Bull (1980) dedicated to his mentor Haig Manoogian. The biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta earned two Oscars (Actor - DeNiro, Editing - Thelma Schoonmaker) and was later selected as the best film of the decade by U.S. critic gods Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Scorsese then explored fans as pariah (The King of Comedy (1982)), dark-comic dreams (After Hours (1985)), and revisited pool shark Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1961) ( The Color of Money (1986) with Paul Newman (I)). Scorsese outraged some religious groups by attempting to portray a human son of God in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) before returning to more familiar territory with the Mafia in Goodfellas (1990). He followed with two films which were remakes, Cape Fear (1991) and The Age of Innocence (1993). Besides directing and co-writing, Scorsese has also acted. It's interesting to note he played the gunman at the finale of Mean Streets (1973) and the cab passenger planning to kill his wife in Taxi Driver (1976). He also had a role in Dreams (1990).
- Directed 17 different actors in Oscar nominated performances: 'Jodie Foster' (qv), 'Robert De Niro' (qv), 'Joe Pesci' (qv), 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv), 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv) , 'Cate Blanchett' (qv), 'Winona Ryder' (qv), 'Ellen Burstyn' (qv), 'Sharon Stone (I)' (qv), 'Diane Ladd' (qv),'Cathy Moriarty' (qv), 'Juliette Lewis (I)' (qv), 'Lorraine Bracco' (qv), 'Paul Newman (I)' (qv), 'Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio' (qv), 'Alan Alda' (qv) and 'Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv). (Burstyn, De Niro, Newman, Pesci and Blanchett won Oscars for their roles in one of Scorsese's movies).
- In 1975, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of 'Ellen Burstyn' (qv), who wasn't present at the awards ceremony. She won for her performance in Scorsese's _Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)_ (qv)
- Says he was happy with the fact that it took so long for him to win Best Director, because if he had won it earlier, it would have affected his directing and films.
- Was originally going to direct _The Honeymoon Killers (1970)_ (qv), but was replaced after a week of shooting.
- Was at one point going to make a movie about the life of comedian 'Richard Pryor' (qv).
- His name is pronounced "Scor-sez-see".
- He has worked with big names of music business: 'Elvis Presley' (qv), 'Bob Dylan' (qv), 'Jimi Hendrix' (qv), 'The Rolling Stones' (qv), 'Michael Jackson (I)' and 'David Bowie (I)' (qv).
- Good friends with editor 'Thelma Schoonmaker' (qv) & cinematographer 'Michael Ballhaus (I)' (qv). Introduced Thelma to her husband 'Michael Powell (I)' (qv). Scorsese often quotes Powell as an influence.