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).
- Several characters in his films refer to the legendary (noir) actor 'John Garfield (I)' (qv), star of the original _The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)_ (qv), which is also mentioned.
- He is a longtime friend and was once a housemate of 'The Band' (qv)'s 'Robbie Robertson (I)' (qv). He directed _The Last Waltz (1978)_ (qv), the documentary of their supposedly last gig which Robertson produced. Robertson later produced the soundtrack for Scorsese's _The Color of Money (1986)_ (qv).
- _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv) was his first movie to gross over $100 million in the U.S.
- (19 December 1996) Listed as one of 50 people barred from entering Tibet. Disney clashed with Chinese officials over the film _Kundun (1997)_ (qv), which Scorsese directed.
- 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).
- Was at one point slated to direct _Clockers (1995)_ (qv), but for reasons that are not entirely clear, handed the directing chores to his onetime NYU student 'Spike Lee' (qv), while staying on as producer. He was also at one point going to direct _Little Shop of Horrors (1986)_ (qv) for 'David Geffen' (qv), with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) as the executive producer. He was ultimately uninvolved, but claims that he wanted to shoot the movie in 3-D. It no doubt would have been a loving homage to 'Roger Corman' (qv), for whom he directed _Boxcar Bertha (1972)_ (qv).
- Is of Italian-Sicilian descent.
- Scorsese and _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv) are, among others, named as inspiration for the 'Massive Attack' (qv) debut "Blue Lines".