Martin Scorsese Producer | Director | Actor
Date of Birth 17 November 1942, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name Martin Charles Scorsese
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese earned a B.S. degree in film communications in 1964, followed by an M.A. in the same field in 1966 at New York University's School of Film. During this time, he made numerous prize-winning short films including The Big Shave (1968), and directed his first feature film, Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967).
He served as assistant director and an editor of the documentary Woodstock (1970) and won critical and popular acclaim for Mean Streets (1973), which first paired him with actor and frequent collaborator Robert De Niro. In 1976, Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), also starring De Niro, was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and he followed that film with New York, New York (1977) and The Last Waltz (1978). Scorsese directed De Niro to an Oscar-winning performance as boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980), which received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and is hailed as one of the masterpieces of modern cinema. Scorsese went on to direct The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995) and Kundun (1997), among other films. Commissioned by the British Film Institute to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema, Scorsese completed the four-hour documentary, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995), co-directed by Michael Henry Wilson.
His long-cherished project, Gangs of New York (2002), earned numerous critical honors, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Director; the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator (2004) won five Academy Awards, in addition to the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Picture. Scorsese won his first Academy Award for Best Director for The Departed (2006), which was also honored with the Director's Guild of America, Golden Globe, New York Film Critics, National Board of Review and Critic's Choice awards for Best Director, in addition to four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Scorsese's documentary of the Rolling Stones in concert, Shine a Light (2008), followed, with the successful thriller Shutter Island (2010) two years later. Scorsese received his seventh Academy Award nomination for Best Director, as well as a Golden Globe Award, for Hugo (2011), which went on to win five Academy Awards.
Scorsese also serves as executive producer on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010) for which he directed the pilot episode. Scorsese's additional awards and honors include the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival (1995), the AFI Life Achievement Award (1997), the Honoree at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 25th Gala Tribute (1998), the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), The Kennedy Center Honors (2007) and the HFPA Cecil B. DeMille Award (2010). Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have worked together on five separate occasions: Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Helen Morris (22 July 1999 - present) (1 child)
Barbara De Fina (8 February 1985 - 5 October 1991) (divorced)
Isabella Rossellini (29 September 1979 - 1 November 1982) (divorced)
Julia Cameron (30 December 1975 - 19 January 1977) (divorced) (1 child)
Laraine Brennan (15 May 1965 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Often begins his films with segments taken from the middle or end of the story (Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)).
[slow-motion] Makes use of slow motion techniques (e.g., Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)).
Often uses diagetic music (i.e., source of music is visible on-screen)
Often uses long tracking shots (His most famous is from Goodfellas (1990), following Henry Hill and his future wife Karen through the basement of the Copacabana night-club and ending up at a newly prepared table). A notoriously difficult shot to perfect, he has been dubbed by some as the "King of the Tracking Shot".
Often uses freeze frames (Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Departed (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)).
Frequently uses music by The Rolling Stones, especially the song "Gimme Shelter" (Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), The Departed (2006)).
[Cameo] Cameo appearances by himself and family members like his parents, Charles Scorsese and Catherine Scorsese. Catherine played Joe Pesci's mother in Goodfellas (1990).
Frequently sets his films in New York City
Unflinchingly graphic and realistic violence
Frequently casts pop stars in small acting roles: Kris Kristofferson in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Clarence Clemons in New York, New York (1977), Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Ellen Foley, The King of Comedy (1982), Iggy Pop in The Color of Money (1986), David Bowie in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Debbie Harry and Peter Gabriel in New York Stories (1989), Marc Anthony and Queen Latifah in Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Gwen Stefani, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright in The Aviator (2004). Mark Wahlberg starred in The Departed (2006) long after ending his rapper days as "Marky Mark".
Cuts his movies to the music.
Frequently makes references to the work of Michael Powell.
Thick black horn-rimmed glasses
Thick, dark eyebrows and grey hair
Though he is particular about the aesthetics of every shot, he frequently encourages improvisation in dialogue.
Often when the formal end-credits song is over before the credit sequence, the remaining minute or so will have atmospheric sound footage pertaining to the movie. For instance, The Age of Innocence (1993) had sounds of a horse-drawn carriage; The Last Waltz (1978) had the Winterland audience filing out as "Greensleeves" was played on the organ; Gangs of New York (2002) had modern-day New York City traffic, and Raging Bull (1980) had sounds of Lamotta's nightclub.
Often works with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Leonardo DiCaprio
Most of his movies features narration (Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), The Departed (2006), Hugo (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)).
Fast track-ins and track-outs
Many of his films feature double-focus shots, which splice together two shots of characters in different depths in order to keep both in focus.
His films often contain extraordinary levels of bad language. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) has the most uses of the f-word in a film at 569 and Casino (1995) has the fourth.
Frequently uses The Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter" in his films.
Many of his films highlight the fun and glamorous side of immoral behavior while also unflinchingly showing the ultimate cost to both the person and everyone around them
Many of his films have at least one character who is known for being extremely violent, temperamental or generally unpredictable
(December 19, 1996) Listed as one of 50 people barred from entering Tibet. Disney clashed with Chinese officials over the film Kundun (1997), which Scorsese directed.
Awarded third annual John Huston Award for Artists Rights by the Artists Rights Foundation. 
Presented with a special tribute at the 1976 Telluride Film Festival. It was presented by Michael Powell. 
Is a longtime friend and was once a housemate of The Band's Robbie Robertson. He directed The Last Waltz (1978), the documentary of their supposedly last gig which Robertson produced. Robertson later produced the soundtrack for Scorsese's The Color of Money (1986).
Good friends with editor Thelma Schoonmaker and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Scorsese introduced Thelma to her husband Michael Powell and he often quotes Powell as an influence.
His name is pronounced "Scor-sez-see".
He directed Michael Jackson's music video Michael Jackson: Bad (1987). The full length video runs 16 minutes and is in both black and white and color. It is usually shortened down to just the color segment for television.
He appears as attached to his pet white Bichon Frise Zoe as he was to his beloved parents - except Zoe is right beside Marty every day in the office.
Has one daughter with Helen Morris: Francesca Scorsese. Has one daughter with Julia Cameron: Domenica Cameron-Scorsese.
John Woo dedicated his action film The Killer (1989) to Scorsese on a commentary he did for the movie's DVD.
Taught both Oliver Stone and Spike Lee at New York University.
Was at one point going to make a movie about the life of comedian Richard Pryor.
He was an altar boy at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was used in his early films Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967) and Mean Streets (1973). Old St. Patrick's is also where the baptism scene in The Godfather (1972) took place.
Was at one point slated to direct Clockers (1995), but for reasons that are not entirely clear, handed the directing chores to his onetime NYU student Spike Lee, while staying on as producer. He was also at one point going to direct Little Shop of Horrors (1986) for David Geffen, with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. He was ultimately uninvolved, but claims that he wanted to shoot the movie in 3-D. It no doubt would have been a loving homage to Roger Corman, for whom he directed Boxcar Bertha (1972).
He took a cameo in his film Taxi Driver (1976) (as a man about to kill his wife) only because the actor who was supposed to play the role was sick on the day the scene was to be shot. Says he is generally uncomfortable in front of the camera.
Has a dog named Silas.
Is the subject of the song "Martin Scorsese" by alternative band King Missile.
Father of actress Cathy Scorsese with Laraine Marie Brennan.
Is of Italian-Sicilian descent.
Of the three films he has been trying to make since the mid-1970s, he has done two: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Gangs of New York (2002). The third film, a biopic of Dean Martin called "Dino", has been on hiatus at Warner Brothers since the late 1990s. Scorsese has a very specific all A-list cast in mind, probably why this has yet to be produced. He wants Tom Hanks to star as Martin, Jim Carrey to play Jerry Lewis, John Travolta to play Frank Sinatra, Hugh Grant to play Peter Lawford, and Adam Sandler to play Joey Bishop.
Was voted the fourth greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him the only living person in the top 5 and the only working film director in the top 10 (Ingmar Bergman being retired as a filmmaker).
Has appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) as a shrill version of himself who comes to regret his decision to cast Larry David as a violent gangster in a movie after David repeatedly ruins the suit he needs to wear as the character.
Several characters in his films refer to the legendary (noir) actor John Garfield, star of the original film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), which is also mentioned.
He was one of three major directors to have been offered the opportunity to direct Schindler's List (1993) by producer Steven Spielberg, the other two being Roman Polanski and Billy Wilder. Scorsese thought a Jewish filmmaker should direct this; Polanski was not yet ready to deal with the painful subject (having lost his mother in the Holocaust); and Wilder (who was retired and who lost his mother and grandmother in the Holocaust) finally told Spielberg that he should do this himself.
Because so many of his actors win or are nominated for awards, actors are dying to work with him. The film With Friends Like These... (1998) pokes fun at this very real desire.
Both The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Gangs of New York (2002) were personal passions of his that he had wanted to make since the 1970s. When he first starting considering them, Robert De Niro was in his mind to play the lead characters in both (Jesus Christ in "Temptation" and Bill Cutting in "Gangs"). De Niro ultimately turned down the role in "Temptation" and this was decided he was too old to play Cutting by the time that "Gangs" finally went into production.
Has famously collaborated with Robert De Niro in eight films. Scorsese has said that his creative collaboration with De Niro is very deep and that they can often understand each other without even talking. Their collaboration has had many dry spells (including recently), but Scorsese says he shows almost every script he writes or considers directing to De Niro to see what the actor's thoughts on them are even when De Niro ultimately has no involvement in the film.
Has appeared in an "American Express" ad where he goes to pick up photos of his nephew's birthday party at a drug store, and then proceeds to nervously pick through what's wrong with each picture while trying to get the clueless photo-lab clerk's opinion on them. He proceeds to buy more film with an American Express card and calls the people on the pictures saying they need to reshoot. Scorsese says this funny ad is probably the closest he's come to accurately "playing" himself.
Apart from his legendary work as a filmmaker, he has been a vocal supporter of film preservation for almost three decades. His efforts to create a strong public awareness for the work of film archives include The Film Foundation, a non-profit organisation which he started together with other filmmakers. The Film Foundation regularly partners with the American film archives on the restoration of "lost" or endangered films.
With this background he has agreed to serve as Honorary President of the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna.
Personally spurns the notion of the "director's cut" feeling that once a film has been completed, this should not be further altered in any way.
He lost three best director - and best picture - Oscars to leading-man actors turned directors: Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood (Raging Bull (1980) lost to Redford's Ordinary People (1980); Goodfellas (1990) to Costner's Dances with Wolves (1990); The Aviator (2004) to Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004)). On the only two occasions when he was Oscar-nominated as Best Director in years ending in zero, he was beaten by actors making their directorial debuts (Redford and Costner). In similar circumstance, has lost two times the Best Director Oscar to directors who act occasionally. Nominations came from Gangs of New York (2002) (lost out to trained actor Roman Polanski in The Pianist (2002)) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) (lost to Barry Levinson for _Rain Man (1988)).
In 1975, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Ellen Burstyn, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony. She won for her performance in Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
Has mentioned that he thought Robert De Niro's best performance under his direction was as Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy (1982).
Ranked #3 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" 
His favorite films include: Citizen Kane (1941), The Red Shoes (1948) and The Leopard (1963).
Was friend, protégé, and employee of actor-director John Cassavetes.
When asked where audiences would find the next Martin Scorsese, he said to look to Wes Anderson, the young director of Rushmore (1998).
As of 2013, has directed seven biopics: Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Kundun (1997), The Aviator (2004) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
He received a Degree ad honorem in "Cinema, TV and Multimedia Production" from the University of Bologna on November 26, 2005.
Served as mentor to Georgia Lee and invited her to apprentice for Gangs of New York (2002) in Europe.
The 1912 American Mutoscope & Biograph Company short The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) heavily influenced Scorsese in the making of his own gangster films Goodfellas (1990), and Gangs of New York (2002). The film was picked by Scorcese for his 2005 tribute at Beaubourg (1977) in Paris, France. Biograph is the oldest movie company in America and in existence today, headed by producer/director Thomas R. Bond II.
Scorsese and Taxi Driver (1976) are, among others, named as inspiration for the Massive Attack debut "Blue Lines".
In November 2006, he signed a four-year, first-look deal to develop projects with studio executives of Paramount Pictures.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is the highest-grossing movie of his 47-year career with a worldwide gross of $389,600,694.
The Aviator (2004) was his first movie to gross over $100 million in the United States.
Has worked with big names of music business: Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, U2, Michael Jackson and David Bowie.
Directed 18 different actors in Oscar nominated performances: Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro (three times), Joe Pesci (twice), Leonardo DiCaprio (twice), Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Sharon Stone, Diane Ladd, Cathy Moriarty, Juliette Lewis, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Newman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Alda, Mark Wahlberg and Jonah Hill. Burstyn, De Niro, Newman, Pesci and Blanchett won Oscars for their roles in one of Scorsese's movies.
When he won his Best Director Oscar for The Departed (2006), he received the award from legendary directors, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg. The four were part of the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s and combined have nine Academy Awards and 38 nominations.
As a teenager in the Bronx, Scorsese frequently rented Michael Powell's The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) from a store that only had one copy of the reels. When this was not available the owner told him, "that Romero kid has it", referring to George A. Romero who was also a huge fan of the film. Today, both directors cite the film as a major influence.
Says he was happy with the fact that it took so long for him to win Best Director, because if he had won it earlier, it would have affected his directing and films.
Recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients that year were Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, and Brian Wilson.
Says the only thing he regrets in his career is that he was only able to make The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) on a small budget although he imagined it to be a grand version.
Was originally going to direct The Honeymoon Killers (1970), but was replaced after a week of shooting.
Served as a guest critic on Siskel & Ebert (1986) following the death of Gene Siskel. The episode was "The Best Films of the 90s" in which Roger Ebert cited Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990) as one of the best films of the 1990s (#3). Scorsese's full list of his favorite films of the 1990s: 10.) Tie: Malcolm X (1992) and Heat (1995), 9.) Fargo (1996), 8.) Crash (1996), 7.) Bottle Rocket (1994), 6.) Breaking the Waves (1996), 5.) Bad Lieutenant (1992), 4.) Eyes Wide Shut (1999), 3.) A Borrowed Life (1994), 2.) The Thin Red Line (1998), 1.) The Horse Thief (1986).
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
Resides in New York City. His production offices are located on West 57th Street in Manhattan.
Attended Cardinal Hayes high school in the Bronx as a young man. Fellow alumni included George Carlin, George Dzundza, Regis Philbin, Jamal Mashburn and Don DeLillo.
Is a huge fan of the British Hammer Films series.
Is a huge fan of Fawlty Towers (1975). He describes the episode, Fawlty Towers: The Germans (1975), as "so tasteless, it's hilarious".
In the fifth edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), seven of Scorsese's films are listed: Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Departed (2006).
Haig Manoogian was Scorsese's mentor at NYU. He eventually produced Scorsese's first film (Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)) and when he died in 1980, Scorsese dedicated Raging Bull (1980) to Manoogian.
Roger Ebert is a great admirer of Scorsese's work. 14 of Scorsese's films were given four stars by Ebert (Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), After Hours (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Kundun (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shine a Light (2008)), seven of his films are in Ebert's Great Movies list (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas and The Age of Innocence), and Ebert has written an entire book of his reviews, interviews and essays on Scorsese's work simply titled "Scorsese By Ebert".
As of March 2016, seven of his films are on the IMDb's Top 250 Films list: Goodfellas (1990), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Departed (2006), Casino (1995), Shutter Island (2010) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
The first movie he saw at the cinema was Duel in the Sun (1946), he was age 4.
On Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he said the directors that inspired him the most are John Cassavetes, Orson Welles, John Ford, Federico Fellini, Elia Kazan, Roberto Rossellini, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Other than his short films and documentaries, all his film from 1972 to 1990 were shot in Widescreen aspect ratio (1.85:1) and all his film from 1992 onward were shot in CinemaScope aspect ratio (2.35:1).
The death of Federico Fellini was very similar to his father's death. Bypass surgery, a stroke and then a coma. Scorsese also noted that they both lasted exactly the same days in the coma.
Scorsese's elaborate 2010 docu-commercial for "Bleu de Chanel" men's French fragrance, flashes a very brief image of a clapper board with the name - "C Cappa" - written on the Director credit space. Apparently this is an homage to his mother whose maiden name was C(atherine) Cappa.
Directed three films on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Movies: Raging Bull (1980) at #4, Taxi Driver (1976) at #52 and Goodfellas (1990) at #92.
The Magic Box (1951) was the film that created the biggest impression on him and made him think he could do film making himself.
According to lifelong collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker, Marty's favorite facet of the filmmaking process is the editing.
Donated his collection of papers, photographs, memorabilia and other film-related ephemera to the Wesleyan University Cinema Archive, where it is conserved along with the collections of such film luminaries as Frank Capra, Clint Eastwood, Ingrid Bergman, John Waters, Elia Kazan and others. The Archive is kept under the supervision of renowned film historian, scholar and Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger.
Went to see The Searchers (1956) on the afternoon of the day that he graduated from Parochial school.
Named after his maternal grandfather, Martin "Filippo" Cappa.
Was given the script of Taxi Driver (1976) by his friend Brian De Palma.
Honorary president of the Vienna Film museum 
Just confirmed to make a biopic of Frank Sinatra. [May 2009]
Was at one time interested in making a remake of Scarface (1932) with Robert De Niro.
President of the jury at the 13th Marrakech Film Festival in 2013.
Despite being known for his gangster films, he has only made five films out of almost 50 about the Mob: Mean Streets (1973), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Departed (2006). His other films vary in genre and style, from period epics to musical to biopic of the 14th Dalai Lama.
Admits he made Hugo (2011) so he would have at least one film his daughter could watch.
Despite being known for directing extremely dark and often very violent movies, he is known in real life to be a very friendly, polite and mild-mannered person who gets along very well with his cast and crew.
Once surprised Dave Chappelle by saying he was a fan and quoting from "The Playa Haters Ball".
Has written three books on the cinema - "A Director's Diary: the Making of Kundun", "The Magic Box: 201 Movie Favourites" and "A Personal journey with Martin Scorcese Through American Movies" (A literary adaption of his Channel 4/British Film Institute documentary).
Has been directed by such directors as Robert Altman, Robert Redford, Akira Kurosawa, Albert Brooks and Irwin Winkler.
The film that had the greatest influence on him is Duel in the Sun (1946).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 28, 2003.
Is a huge fan of comedians. He has also directed comedians such as Alan King, Kevin Pollak, Don Rickles, Dick Smothers and Jerry Lewis.
In two of his films, After Hours (1985) and Cape Fear (1991), writer Henry Miller is mentioned.
Once considered producing a remake of Akira Kurosawa's High and Low (1963) with Mike Nichols as the director.
Eric Clapton gave Martin Scorsese the gold record of the song "Sunshine of Your Love" as a gift. Martin Scorsese used this song in Goodfellas (1990).
Martin Scorsese presented both Robert De Niro and Mel Brooks their AFI Lifetime Achievement awards.
Martin Scorsese made cameo appearances as a photographer in two films that he directed. The two films are The Age of Innocence (1993) and Hugo (2011).
Leonardo DiCaprio thanked him when he won the Best Actor Oscar for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant (2015). During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio thanked Scorsese for "teaching him so much about the cinematic art form" [February 28, 2016].
Despite the fact that Martin Scorsese does not like remakes, he has directed two. The first was Cape Fear (1991) and the second was The Departed (2006). The Departed is a remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs (2002).
St. Patrick's Old Cathedral is used as a location in two Martin Scorsese films, which are "Who's That Knocking at My Door" and Mean Streets (1973).
Has a phobia of flying on airplanes.
Was Francis Ford Coppola's choice to direct The Godfather: Part II (1974), but Paramount Pictures wanted Coppola back, with the promise of his own creative freedom.
Peter Bogdanovich and George Cuckor signed Martin Scorsese's directing card that allowed him into the Directors Guild.
President of the 'Cinéfondation and Short Films' jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival in 2002.
Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro were brought up blocks apart in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, but never formally met when they were young. When introduced at a party in 1972, the two came to realize that they had seen each other many times but had never spoken.
First heard of Leonardo DiCaprio through old friend Robert De Niro who had co-starred with Leo in This Boy's Life (1993). He later spotted him on television one night in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) which he thought, at first, was a documentary. By the time Leo had had his breakthrough outing in the blockbuster Titanic (1997), he was now in a position to help greenlight the production of Gangs of New York (2002).
All but three of his feature films have received at least one Academy Award nomination: New York, New York (1977), The King of Comedy (1982) and After Hours (1985).
(November 30, 2016) For the very first time the director had the great privilege of a private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican in the company of his wife Helen Morris, daughters Francesca Scorsese, Cathy Scorsese and fellow producer Gastón Pavlovich. Scorsese screened his religious epic Silence (2016) (Nov. 29th) at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome for an international group of Jesuits and again (Nov. 30th) in the Vatican for a select group of guests.
He directed Victor Argo in six films: Boxcar Bertha (1972), Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), After Hours (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and New York Stories (1989).
He has directed Illeana Douglas in four films: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991).
Is the only director to have two films that were selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in their first year of eligibility (Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990)).