Robert De Niro receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bates College

May 29th, 2012 - 7:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Lewiston, May 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The actor Robert De Niro has received an honorary doctorate degree of fine arts at Bates College, situated in Lewiston, Maine, last Sunday.

De Niro read a speech to the graduating class of 463 students. The Godfather star, who never received a traditional and formal college experience, encouraged the students to try new experiences and not to be afraid to fail.

Robert De Niro is one of Hollywood’s most popular and critically acclaimed actors. His first major roles were in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, with Martin Scorsese.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. He earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.
He has also received award nominations for his work in films like Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978), Midnight Run (1988), Penny Marshall’s Awakenings (1990), Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000).

De Niro directed two films: A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006).

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