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).
- 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).
- 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.
- His name is pronounced "Scor-sez-see".
- 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).
- 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).
- Taught both 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv) and 'Spike Lee' (qv) at NYU.
- Attended Cardinal Hayes high school in the Bronx as a young man. Fellow alumni included 'George Carlin' (qv), 'George Dzundza' (qv), 'Regis Philbin' (qv) and 'Jamal Mashburn' (qv).
- Has mentioned that he thought 'Robert De Niro' (qv)'s best performance under his direction was as Rupert Pupkin in _The King of Comedy (1982)_ (qv).