Martin Scorsese

Film Director
Born Nov 17, 1942

Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on November 17, 1942.
1947 4 Years Old Scorsese has cited Sabu and Victor Mature as his favorite actors during his youth and has spoken of the influence of the 1947 Powell and Pressburger film Black Narcissus, whose innovative techniques later impacted his filmmaking. … Read More


1960 17 Years Old …  Based on Nikos Kazantzakis's controversial 1960 book, it retold the life of Christ in human rather than divine terms. … Read More


1964 21 Years Old His initial desire to become a priest while attending Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx gave way to cinema and consequently, Scorsese enrolled in NYU's University College of Arts and Science, (now known as the College of Arts and Science), where he earned a B.A. in English in 1964.
1966 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He went on to earn his M.F.A. from NYU's School of the Arts (now known as the Tisch School of the Arts) in 1966, a year after the school was founded. … Read More
1967 24 Years Old In 1967, Scorsese made his first feature-length film, the black and white I Call First, which was later retitled Who's That Knocking at My Door with his fellow students actor Harvey Keitel and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. … Read More
1972 29 Years Old In 1972, Scorsese made the Depression-era exploiter Boxcar Bertha for B-movie producer Roger Corman, who also helped directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and John Sayles launch their careers. … Read More


1974 31 Years Old In 1974, actress Ellen Burstyn chose Scorsese to direct her in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. … Read More
1976 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Taxi Driver won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, also receiving four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. … Read More
1978 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, Scorsese's commitments to other projects delayed the release of the film until 1978. … Read More
1979 36 Years Old Scorsese was married to actress Isabella Rossellini from 1979 to their divorce in 1983.
1980 37 Years Old Scorsese was interested in doing a "romantic piece". His friend Jay Cocks gave him the Wharton novel in 1980, suggesting that this should be the romantic piece Scorsese should film as Cocks felt it best represented his sensibility. … Read More


1983 40 Years Old In 1983, Scorsese began work on a long-cherished personal project, The Last Temptation of Christ, based on the 1951 (English translation 1960) novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis.
1985 42 Years Old He then married producer Barbara De Fina in 1985; their marriage ended in divorce as well, in 1991. … Read More
1989 46 Years Old Along with directors Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola, in 1989 Scorsese provided one of three segments in the portmanteau film New York Stories, called "Life Lessons". … Read More
1990 47 Years Old 1 More Event
After the film was released Roger Ebert, a friend and supporter of Scorsese, named Goodfellas "the best mob movie ever" and is ranked No. 1 on Roger's movie list for 1990, along with Gene Siskel and Peter Travers, the film is widely considered one of the director's greatest achievements. … Read More


1994 51 Years Old In 1994, Scorsese's cameo appearance in the Robert Redford film Quiz Show is remembered for the telling line: "You see, the audience didn't tune in to watch some amazing display of intellectual ability. … Read More
1997 54 Years Old In 1997, Scorsese received the AFI Life Achievement Award.
1998 55 Years Old In 1998, the American Film Institute placed three Scorsese films on their list of the greatest movies in America: Raging Bull at #24, Taxi Driver at #47, and Goodfellas at #94. … Read More
2001 58 Years Old In 2001, the American Film Institute placed two Scorsese films on their list of the most "heart-pounding movies" in American cinema: Taxi Driver at #22 and Raging Bull at #51.


2005 - 2006 2 More Events
On the 2007 updated version they moved Goodfellas up to No. 92 on the AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies list (10th Anniversary Edition) and they put Goodfellas at No. 2 on their list of the top 10 gangster films (after The Godfather). … Read More
2008 - 2011 4 More Events
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On February 12, 2012, at the 65th British Academy Film Awards, Scorsese was the recipient of the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.
Scorsese's 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is an American biographical black comedy based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name. … Read More
2014 71 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In August 2014, the estate of influential punk rock band The Ramones claimed a biopic of the band was in the works with Scorsese's involvement.
2015 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2015, it was announced that Scorsese will direct a Mike Tyson biopic. … Read More
2016 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Variety reported in January 2016 that Scorsese is also producing a biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis, with Peter Glanz writing a screenplay based on Janis' own book, Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal. … Read More
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