Nov. 17th, 1942
Queens, New York, USA
Martin Scorsese's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- Recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients that year were 'Leon Fleisher' (qv), 'Steve Martin (I)' (qv), 'Diana Ross (I)' (qv), and 'Brian Wilson (I)' (qv).
- Daughter 'Domenica Cameron-Scorsese' (qv) with 'Julia Cameron' (qv).
- 'John Woo (I)' (qv) dedicated his action film _Dip huet seung hung (1989)_ (qv) ("The Killer") to Scorsese on a commentary he did for the movie's DVD.
- (1976) Presented with a special tribute at the 1976 Telluride Film Festival. It was presented by 'Michael Powell (I)' (qv).
- 'Haig Manoogian' (qv) was Scorsese's mentor at NYU.
- Appeared in an "American Express" ad where he goes to pick up photos of his nephew's birthday party at a drug store, and then proceeds to nervously pick through what's wrong with each picture while trying to get the clueless photo-lab clerk's opinion on them. He proceeds to buy more film with an American Express card and calls the people on the pictures saying they need to reshoot. Scorsese says this funny ad is probably the closest he's come to accurately "playing" himself.
- In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 7 of Scorsese's films are listed: _Mean Streets (1973)_ (qv), _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv), _Raging Bull (1980)_ (qv), _The King of Comedy (1982)_ (qv), _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv), _Casino (1995)_ (qv) and _The Departed (2006)_ (qv).
- The 1912 American Mutoscope & Biograph Company short _The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)_ (qv) heavily influenced Scorsese in the making of his own gangster films _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv), and _Gangs of New York (2002)_ (qv). The film was picked by Scorcese for his 2005 tribute at _Beaubourg, centre d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (1977)_ (qv) in Paris, France. Biograph is the oldest movie company in America and in existence today, headed by producer/director 'Thomas R. Bond II' (qv).