Nov. 17th, 1942
Queens, New York, USA
Martin Scorsese's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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).
- A huge fan of Fawlty Towers (1975). He describes the episode "The Germans" as "so tasteless, its hilarious.".
- He was an altar boy at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was used in his early films _I Call First (1967)_ (qv) and _Mean Streets (1973)_ (qv). Old St. Patrick's is also where the baptism scene in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) took place.
- Has a dog named Silas.
- He has famously collaborated with 'Robert De Niro' (qv) in 8 films. Scorsese has said that his creative collaboration with De Niro is very deep and that they can often understand each other without even talking. Their collaboration has had many dry spells (including recently), but Scorsese says he shows almost every script he writes or considers directing to De Niro to see what the actor's thoughts on them are even when De Niro ultimately has no involvement the film.
- Father of actress 'Cathy Scorsese' (qv) from his first marriage.
- President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
- Served as a guest critic on _"Siskel & Ebert & the Movies" (1986)_ (qv) following the death of 'Gene Siskel'.