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).
- He directed 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv)'s _Bad (1987) (V)_ (qv) music video. The full length video runs 16 minutes and is in both black & white and color. It is usually shortened down to just the color segment for television.
- Of the three films he's been trying to make since the mid-1970s, he has done two: _The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)_ (qv) and _Gangs of New York (2002)_ (qv). The third film, a biopic of 'Dean Martin (I)' (qv) called "Dino", has been on hiatus at Warner Brothers since the late 1990s. Scorsese has a very specific all A-list cast in mind, probably why it has yet to be produced. He wants 'Tom Hanks' (qv) to star as Martin, 'Jim Carrey' (qv) to play 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv), 'John Travolta' (qv) to play 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Hugh Grant (I)' (qv) to play 'Peter Lawford' (qv), and 'Adam Sandler (I)' (qv) to play 'Joey Bishop (I)' (qv).
- Personally spurns the notion of the "director's cut" feeling that once a film has been completed, it should not be further altered in any way.
- He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
- Because so many of his actors win or are nominated for awards, actors are dying to work with him. The film _With Friends Like These... (1998)_ (qv) pokes fun at this very real desire.
- (1976) Presented with a special tribute at the 1976 Telluride Film Festival. It was presented by 'Michael Powell (I)' (qv).
- A huge fan of Fawlty Towers (1975). He describes the episode "The Germans" as "so tasteless, its hilarious.".
- 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).