Cult classics: actor bios

By Nabi Dressler
Executive News Editor |
*Editor’s note: This was mentioned on Page 13-“Cult films: Life after death” from Nov. 30’s print edition of the Prospector.

Movie directors Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers are famous for casting the same actors in multiple movies.
Scorsese has featured actor Robert De Niro in multiple legendary movies. De Niro starred in Scorsese’s most popular movies, “Goodfellas,” about mob life, and “Taxi Driver,” a thriller. De Niro is considered by many to be one of the best actors of all time.
De Niro was born in New York. He dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue acting, which has obviously paid off. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II.” He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.”
As of late, De Niro has starred in movies like Silver Linings Playbook.
The Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski” starred actor Steve Buscemi. Also from New York, where he was a firefighter for four years, Buscemi has starred in movies including “Reservoir Dogs” and the Coen brothers’ crime film, “Fargo.”
Buscemi has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe for his acting in the series “Boardwalk Empire.” Most recently, Buscemi hosted Saturday Night Live in 2011.