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).
- 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.
- _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv) was his first movie to gross over $100 million in the U.S.
- 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).
- Taught both 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv) and 'Spike Lee' (qv) at NYU.
- Is the subject of the song "Martin Scorsese" by alternative band King Missile.
- Has directed, as of 2008, 6 biopics: _Raging Bull (1980)_ (qv), _The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)_ (qv), _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv), _Casino (1995)_ (qv), _Kundun (1997)_ (qv) and _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv).
- Has asthma.
- Both _The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)_ (qv) and _Gangs of New York (2002)_ (qv) were personal passions of his that he had wanted to make since the 1970s. When he first starting considering them, 'Robert De Niro' (qv) was in his mind to play the lead characters in both (Jesus Christ in "Temptation" and Bill Cutting in "Gangs"). De Niro ultimately turned down the part in "Temptation" and it was decided he was too old to play Cutting by the time that "Gangs" finally went into production.