Today on November 17, 1942 legendary film director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese was born. He is often recognized as one of the greatest film directors of all time; and has won: an Academy Award, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and many other awards; as well as being awarded an AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions in cinema.
A good majority of his work focuses on gang violence, crime, Italian-American issues, machismo, as seen in his movies (e.g. “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed). He often collaborates with good friend and actor Robert De Diro, and in 2006 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for 2006’s “The Departed,” after being nominated five times.
Martin Scorsese winning the 2006 Best Director Oscar:
He was been married five times, and has three daughters. He has founded two non-profits dedicated to the film preservation of cinema, The Film Foundation (founded in 1990), and the World Cinema Foundation (founded in 2007).