Robert De Niro's Most Iconic Roles

Posted in Entertainment on Jan 20th, 2019


Robert De Niro is one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood. Throughout a career that started in the 60s and continues today, De Niro has made a name for himself embodying the most memorable characters in some of America's favorite cult classics. A native New Yorker with Italian heritage, his early roles in Italian mobster films including "Goodfellas” and “The Godfather”, cemented De Niro in many minds as one of the most skilled method actors of all time. De Niro’s sharp attitude, tough demeanor, and rough accent distinguish the acting style of his early career hits.

15. Johnny Boy , Mean Streets (1973)

For the 1973 film, Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese directs De Niro in the role of Johnny Boy Civello. De Niro is the supporting character to a low-level New York mobster. A foil to his boss, Johnny Boy is reckless and irresponsible. This character representation set the tone for the multiple later collaborations between De Niro and Scorsese that focus on the criminal escapades of Italian gangsters on the east coast.

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