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Martin Charles Scorsese was born on Nov. 17, 1942, in New York City. He grew up in Little Italy, which positively affected his work throughout his career, providing him with much needed inspiration.
In 1973, he directed one of his first feature films, Mean Streets, starring Robert De Niro. The two would become good friends and De Niro became one of Scorsese’s favorite actors to work with. He would eventually be a part of more than a half dozen of Scorsese’s films.
Moving on in his career, Scorsese would meet a young but talented actor named Leonardo DiCaprio who was set to play the lead role in Gangs of New York (2002). DiCaprio would essentially become Scorsese’s new Robert De Niro, as the two would work together on four other films.
Scorsese has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning one for his genius in directing The Departed (2006).
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