De Niro is widely regarded as one of the most talented of today's
living actors and one of the greatest movie stars of all time.
He came to prominence in the early seventies in a handful of films
directed by long-time companions Francis Ford Coppola and Martin
Streets, The Godfather II,
Driver), and his powerful method acting led to him being
dubbed the new Marlon Brando.
De Niro has
delivered fine (if safe) roles throughout the 80s and 90s, and has
maintained both his integrity and his status, despite showing signs
of stagnation during the 2000s with a stint of more uninspired