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Robert De Niro is an actor, director, producer and founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Winner of two Oscars, he was rightly named one of the greatest actors of his time.

Known primarily for his roles as gangster, mafia boss, or conflicted and problematic individual, he often played roles in films by director Martin Scorsese.

De Niro is known for his dedication and responsibility to his roles: he gains about 25 pounds and learns to box in order to play Jake La Motta in the Raging Bull ; grits his teeth for Cape Fear ; he learns to play the saxophone for the Scorsese movie New York, New York.

He has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993) and the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006).

He is a great actor and director, we all know that, and from some of his most famous quotes we can learn a little about what kind of person he is:

Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.

Write down everything you want to do with your life and then spend the next 25 years doing them.

A lot of young actors have the idea that, „I’ve got to do this right. There’s a right way to do this.“ But there’s no right or wrong. There’s only good and bad. And „bad“ usually happens when you’re trying too hard to do it right. There’s a very broad spectrum of things that can inhibit you. The most important thing for actors – and not just actors, but everybody – is to feel loose enough to create what you want to create, and be free to try anything. To have choices.

If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.

Passion should always trump common sense.

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.

If you don’t co-operate you’re gonna suffer from fistophobia.

Better to be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime.

I always say people can call me anything they want as long as they don’t call me late for supper.

The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.

There is only one way to gain access to the truth and that is to not expect anything.

Sometimes if you have financial restraints, it’s a benefit. It force you to come up with a more creative way.

According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful.

When you love someone you gotta trust them, there’s no other way. You gotta give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point?

It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.

In civilized societies, we spend our lifetimes trying to become what is socially acceptable. We’re dark and we’re light. We all have both sides to us.

The hardest thing about being famous is that … in a conversation everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying. … You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.

As I get older, I think that things have been pre-determined for me, whether I liked it or wanted it, wished for it, whatever, way before in some way. And with others, you do have a choice that you can change. And that choice that you make is still part of this grand scheme.

Feeling a little bit alive is a lot better than just waiting to die.

Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.