From Travis Bickle to Jake LaMotta to Vito Corleone Robert de Niro has brought to life some of Hollywood's most iconic characters. In this comprehensive profile discover how de Niro went from being a low-key quiet kid from a bohemian family in Greenwich Village to one of the greatest silver screen actors of all time. A passionate Method actor who has been known to push himself to dangerous extremes to inhabit some of his most recognizable roles de Niro has always had a fierce dedication to film-sometimes to the detriment of his health and personal relationships. Through incisive interviews with film critics and journalists uncover surprising details of de Niro's legendary career-including how he originally turned down a part in Francis Ford Coppola's the Godfather. Featuring footage from his most celebrated performances and interviews with de Niro himself BIO-« presents a rare look at the lifetime achievements of this two-time Academy Award winning actor.