Actor: Robert De Niro Best Quotes

Actor: Robert De Niro Top Quotes

Actor: Robert De Niro Top Quotes

De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016.

De Niro’s first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Scorsese’s crime film Mean Streets (1973). He earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional nominations for Michael Cimino’s Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter (1978), Penny Marshall’s drama Awakenings (1990), and David O. Russell’s romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (2012). His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in Scorsese’s crime film Goodfellas (1990), and his role as Rupert Pupkin in the black comedy film The King of Comedy (1983), earned him BAFTA Award nominations.

De Niro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in the musical drama New York, New York (1977), the action comedy Midnight Run (1988), the gangster comedy Analyze This (1999), and the comedy Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include roles in 1900 (1976), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Brazil (1985), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Heat (1995), and Casino (1995). He has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993) and the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006).

I didn’t have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you’re rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You’re behind the eight ball when you go in there.
Robert De Niro

I spent lunchtime in a grave during the filming of ‘Bloody Mama.’ When you’re younger, you feel that’s what you need to do to help you stay in character. When you get older, you become more confident and less intense about it – and you can achieve the same effect.
Robert De Niro

If it’s a very emotional scene, you’re kind of relieved when you’ve done it, kind of spent. And there are times when you can be rattled, certain characters if they’re hyper, that can carry over, the residue of that. But I try to leave it on the set.
Robert De Niro

Movies are hard work. The public doesn’t see that. The critics don’t see it. But they’re a lot of work. A lot of work.
Robert De Niro

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.
Robert De Niro

In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.
Robert De Niro

My mother worked for a woman, Maria Ley-Piscator, who with her husband founded the Dramatic Workshop, which was connected to the New School. My mother did proofreading and typing and stuff or her, and as part of her payment, I was able to take acting classes there on Saturdays when I was 10.
Robert De Niro

With ‘Silver Linings,’ I didn’t feel – I was thinking of certain things, but I just said, ‘Let me go with it.’ You have to know what you’re doing, where you’re going with the scenes, and I put a lot of work into that. But when you’re out there, at the same time you gotta be ready for anything.
Robert De Niro

I’ll work with a director if I think I’m going to get into a comfortable situation, and if it’s someone I respect and who respects me, even if they’re not so well known. Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic and do your best.
Robert De Niro

I don’t like to watch my own movies – I fall asleep in my own movies.
Robert De Niro

I like to visit L.A., but I wouldn’t want to live there.
Robert De Niro

I have so much respect for directors. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure; you have to keep steadfast and keep what you know is right.
Robert De Niro

I’m not a big football person at all.
Robert De Niro

The director respects what they’ve hired you for and chosen you for: to do the part and respect what you’re doing.
Robert De Niro

When I was 15, 16, I studied with Stella Adler at the Conservatory of Acting, then I stopped again and went to the Actors Studio when I was 18.
Robert De Niro

I don’t get into these long-winded heavy discussions about character – do we do this or that or what. At the end of the day, what you gotta do is just go out there and do it.
Robert De Niro

You draw on whatever’s relevant to the part you’re playing; it makes it more personal.
Robert De Niro

My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.
Robert De Niro

When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody’s face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.
Robert De Niro

I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.
Robert De Niro

I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.’
Robert De Niro

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
Robert De Niro

If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.
Robert De Niro

Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.
Robert De Niro

I love to find new people. It’s not for the sake of their being new; it’s because if you find someone who perfectly fits a part, that’s such a great thing.
Robert De Niro

There’s nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.
Robert De Niro

You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.
Robert De Niro

Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong.
Robert De Niro

There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
Robert De Niro

One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.
Robert De Niro

You never know what you do that could be totally out of left field, which actually might work and give something fresh to the whole scene, to the character, whatever. If you have that with a director who then knows how to shape it, either in the direction, in the moment, or in the editing, then that’s good.
Robert De Niro

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.
Robert De Niro

I mean, the actors that I admired were Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, an actress named Barbara Harris. And Greta Garbo. They were great actors.
Robert De Niro

I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.
Robert De Niro

It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.
Robert De Niro

I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they’re running the asylum.
Robert De Niro

Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.
Robert De Niro

The talent is in the choices.
Robert De Niro

I always go back to how people behave. If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it’s very simple and honest and contained. You don’t need to use as much expression, as much feeling. Some characters will boil over, and that’s another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.
Robert De Niro

I think it’s important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.
Robert De Niro