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Who is Robert de Niro, apart from being an actor? His other creative facets

Commemorating Robert De Niro's birthday by exploring his multifaceted creative talents, apart from his acting prowess.

Robert De Niro then and now
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We are all aware of Robert De Niro's acting excellence, but few know that his talents extend far beyond the realm of his thespian brilliance. This versatile artist has a wide range of creative pursuits:

  • De Niro's creative prowess also reached the director's chair. He has directed and co-directed several films, including A Bronx Tale (1993) - a coming-of-age drama that deftly delves into issues of family, loyalty, and societal influences - and The Good Shepherd (2006). These films showed his ability to interpret stories from both sides of the camera.
  • De Niro co-founded Tribeca Productions in 1989, producing critically acclaimed films such as Awakenings (1990), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Joker (2019). 
  • De Niro is also a passionate restaurateur and has great business acumen. He co-founded the Nobu restaurant chain, which blends Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences. He has invested in and co-founded a range of business ventures, including boutique hotels and entertainment ventures. 
  • Out of his love for his hometown, New York City, the actor co-found the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. This platform was born out of a desire to revitalize Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.
  • Not just acting, De Niro's creative expression reaches up to the canvas. He's an accomplished painter and sculptor, with a penchant for abstract art. His visual artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums.
  • His creative interests also extend to visual arts and architecture. He's an avid collector of contemporary artwork and has even ventured into architectural projects, contributing to the reimagining of New York City's skyline.
  • Beyond his creative pursuits, De Niro is an advocate for social causes. He's been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, environmental awareness, and political issues. His involvement in various charitable endeavors showcases his commitment to making a positive impact beyond entertainment.
  • Also, De Niro's versatility extends even up to music and dance. In The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), his portrayal of fearless leader and his dance moves in Joy (2015) as the quirky QVC executive was remarkable.
  • He often uses his influence to raise awareness and funds. He co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, which promotes filmmakers from underrepresented communities and provides educational programs.
     

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