American actor Robert De Niro was born on this day in 1943. The only child of two painters, De Niro found solace in acting at an early age and decided to pursue acting by age 16, studying at HB Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. His first role came in Brian de Palma's 1963 film, 'The Wedding Party', which not released until 1969, after he began gaining recognition for his work off-Broadway. His appearance in Martin Scorsese's film, 'Mean Streets' (1973) began a successful collaboration between the two filmmakers with works like 'Taxi Driver' (1976), 'Raging Bull' (1980), 'Goodfellas' (1990), and 'Casino' (1995). It was his portrayal of a young Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather Part II' (1974) that earned him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first such actor to win the award speaking mainly in a foreign language. His other Academy Award came for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull', also starring one of his frequent collaborators, Joe Pesci. Pictured above is De Niro as Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's, 'The Godfather Part II'.