Gallery images and information: Robert De Niro

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).