Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

  • Born on
    • November 17th, 1942
Martin Charles Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. One of the major figures of the New Hollywood era, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in film history. Scorsese's body of work explores themes such as Italian-American identity, Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, nihilism, crime and sectarianism. Many of his films are known for their depiction of violence and the liberal use of profanity. Scorsese has also dedicated his life to film preservation and film restoration by founding the nonprofit organization The Film Foundation in 1990, as well as the World Cinema Foundation in 2007 and the African Film Heritage Project in 2017. Scorsese studied at New York University (NYU), where he received a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1964, and received a master's degree in fine arts in film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1968. In 1967 Scorsese's first feature film Who's That Knocking at My Door was released and was accepted into the Chicago Film Festival, where critic Roger Ebert saw it and called it "a marvelous evocation of American city life, announcing the arrival of an important new director". He has established a filmmaking history involving repeat collaborations with actors and film technicians, including nine films made with Robert De Niro. His films with De Niro are the psychological thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the satirical black comedy The King of Comedy (1982), the musical drama New York, New York (1977), the psychological thriller Cape Fear (1991), and the crime films Mean Streets (1973), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Irishman (2019). Scorsese has also been noted for his collaborations with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, having directed him in five films: the historical epic Gangs of New York (2002), the Howard Hughes biography The Aviator (2004), the crime thriller The Departed (2006), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), and the Wall Street black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). The Departed won Scorsese an Academy Award for Best Director, and for Best Picture. Scorsese is also known for his long-time collaboration with film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has edited every Scorsese film beginning with Raging Bull. Scorsese's other film work includes the black comedy After Hours (1985), the romantic drama The Age of Innocence (1993), the children's adventure drama Hugo (2011), and the religious epics The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Kundun (1997) and Silence (2016).


Acting (29 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2011Hugo as Photographer
2010A Letter to Elia as Narrator
2008Shine a Light
2007Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows as Narrator
2004Shark Tale as Sykes (voice)
2004Lightning in a Bottle
2002Gangs of New York as Wealthy Homeowner (uncredited)
1999My Voyage to Italy as Host
1999Bringing Out the Dead as Dispatcher (Voice)
1999The Muse as Martin Scorsese
1995Search and Destroy as The Accountant
1995A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
1994Quiz Show as Martin Rittenhome
1993The Age of Innocence as Photographer (uncredited)
1991Guilty by Suspicion as Joe Lesser
1990Dreams as Vincent Van Gogh
1990The Grifters as Opening voice-over (uncredited)
1989New York Stories as Man Having Picture Taken with Lionel Dobie
1988The Last Temptation of Christ as Isaiah (uncredited)
1986'Round Midnight as Goodley
1986The Color of Money as Voiceover at the beginning
1985After Hours as Club Berlin Searchlight Operator (uncredited)
1982The King of Comedy as TV Director
1980Raging Bull as Barbizon Stagehand
1976Taxi Driver as Man in Cab
1976Cannonball! as Mafioso
1973Mean Streets as Jimmy Shorts (Uncredited)
1972Boxcar Bertha as Brothel Client (uncredited)

Himself (37 Credits)

2021Pretend It’s a City as Self
2019The Irishman: In Conversation as Self
2019Once Were Brothers as Self
2017Spielberg as Self
2017Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World as Himself
2016Lumière! as Himself
2016Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown as Self
2015Mifune: The Last Samurai as Himself
2015The Audition as Himself
2015Hitchcock/Truffaut as Himself
2014Life Itself as Self - FilmmakerWatch Free
2014Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles as Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
2013One Direction: This Is Us as Himself
2013Milius as Himself
2013Seduced and Abandoned as Himself
2013Trespassing Bergman as Himself
2012Side by Side as SelfWatch Free
2012Bad 25 as Self
2012Casting by as Self
2011Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel as Himself - Filmmaker
2011Woody Allen: A Documentary as Himself
2010Public Speaking as Himself
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Himself – Interviewee
2010Stones in Exile as Himself
2007The Key to Reserva as Himself
2007Glass as Himself
2007Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project as Himself
2005No Direction Home: Bob Dylan as Self (voice) (uncredited)
2004The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing as Self
2003A Decade Under the Influence as Himself
2001Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures as Himself
1998With Friends Like These as Self
1995A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies as Himself - Host / Narrator
1978American Boy: A Profile of - Steven Prince as Himself
1978The Last Waltz as Self
1974Italianamerican as Himself
1971Directed by John Ford as Himself (uncredited)


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