Currently alive, at 72 years of age.
1943 – He was born on the 17th day of August this year in New York City, New York, USA. He first attended the Little Red School House and was then enrolled by his mother at the High School of Music and Art in New York. He dropped out at the age of 13 and joined a Little Italy street gang.
1961 – At his age of 18, he flew to Paris to bring home his father, who had been suffering from depression.
1963 – At the age of 20, in this year, came his first film role and collaboration with Brian De Palma, when he appeared in The Wedding Party; it was not released until 1969.
1965 – He was an extra in the French film Three Rooms in Manhattan in this year.
1968 – He made his official film debut after he reunited with De Palma in Greetings this year, and later reprised his Greetings role in Hi, Mom in 1970.
1973 – He gained popular attention with his role as a dying Major League baseball player in Bang the Drum Slowly.
1974 – He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie “The Godfather part II”.
1976 – He married Diahnne Abbott this year and lived together until 1988. He also appeared, along with Gerard Depardieu, in Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic biographical exploration of life during World War II, Novecento (1900), seen through the eyes of two Italian childhood friends at the opposite sides of society’s hierarchy.
1978 – He played "Michael Vronsky" in the acclaimed Vietnam War film The Deer Hunter, for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role .
1980 – He won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Bes Actor in the movie “The Raging Bull”.
1995 – He starred in the movie “Heat” this year, Wag the Dog in 1997, and Ronin in 1998.
1997 – He married Grace Hightower this year.
2001 – He reunited with Marlon Brando in the movie “The Score” in this year.
2004 – He was due to be bestowed with honorary Italian citizenship at the Venice Film Festival in September of this year.
2006 – It was announced that De Niro donated his film archive, including scripts, costumes, and props, to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.