Martin Charles Scorsese is one of the most celebrated director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historians all over the globe. An American citizen, Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in Queens,
New York. With both his parents working in New York’s garment district, as a child, Martin was often taken to the theater to watch movies and plays. Acting ran in his family as both his parents were fond of acting, and Martin too at an early age developed an interest for the profession.
While in high school, Martin desired to be a priest, but eventually ended up being an alumnus from New York University’s School of Film where he mastered in film communication. Martin’s career as a director had already begun in college, where he directed an award winning short film namely, The Big Shave (1968), and later his first feature film, Who’s That Knocking At My Door (1967).
After completing his graduation, Scorsese worked as an assistant under various influential directors and also made a number of short films on his own. This period in his life marked his collaboration with actor,
Robert De Niro, with whom he went on to make some of the most remarkable movies of his career. In 1976, Martin starred Robert De Niro in the film, Taxi Driver, which established Scorsese as a top notch director. The movie received four Oscar nominations and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. After this, Scorsese produced his first big budget musical named New York, New York, which proved to be a massive failure. Unable to bear the burden of his failed musical, Scorsese was soon driven to depression, which further worsened due to his cocaine addiction. It was Robert De Niro who saved his drowning career by motivating him to come out of his addiction and focus more on his passion.
In the 1970s, after much appeal from De Niro, Martin Scorsese finally agreed to direct the film, Raging Bull. The movie not just proved to be a box office hit, but was also appreciated by the critics. It received eight Oscar nominations and also got De Niro’s first Oscar under the Best Actor category. Even till today, Raging Bull is considered one of the greatest films produced in the field of cinema.
After this, Martin went on to direct The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), ‘Goodfellas’ (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), ’Casino’ (1995), and ‘Kundun’ (1997), among other films. Meanwhile, he also rejected a few acting offers which came his way.
In 2002, Scorsese received his first Golden Globe under the Best Director category for his film, The Gangs of New York. While in 2004, his film, The Aviator, won five Academy Awards and it was in the year 2006 that Scorsese finally won the Academy Award under the Best Director category for The Departed. His list of successful movies also includes
Shutter Island (thriller), Shine A Light (documentary), and ‘
Hugo’, which won five Academy Awards. Scorsese is an internationally acclaimed director and has received various honors from all over the world.
In contrast to his professional life, Scorsese personal life has been a rough ride. He has been married five times. His marriage to the first four wives ended in divorce. Since 1999, he has been married to Helen Schermerhorn Morris, and has a daughter, Francesca, with her.