Wolfe’s revival of "On the Town." He later went on to originate the role of "Leaf Coneybear" in the Tony Award-‐winning Broadway musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn's "Where Do WE Live" and Michael John La Chiusa's :"Little Fish," as well as “Leo Bloom” in "The Producers," and “Sir Robin” in "Spamalot," both at The Hollywood Bowl.Ferguson has also worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as "The Tempest," "The Comedy of Errors," "The Merchant of Venice," "The Winter's Tale," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."A longstanding advocate for marriage equality, Ferguson co-founded Tie The Knot in 2012 with his husband, where they design limited edition bow ties with all the proceeds going to various organizations that fight for civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans.But there was a shock outcome when the court ordered tests which showed that he was not in fact the father'I'd go fast, he'd go fast. De Niro used it to play while he left his wife at home Tragic ending: On March 5 1982 John Belushi's body was taken out of the Chateau Marmont.He had suffered a fatal overdose when injecting a 'speedball' of heroin and cocaine.De Niro telephoned Belushi on the night of March 4th, 1982, to join him and actor pal Harry Dean Stanton at On the Rox, an infamous nightclub on the Sunset Strip where the best musicians drifted through and played in the company of boozing movie stars and celebrities.De Niro always played edgy movie roles, obsessively studying the character he would play until he became the character – from the Vietnam Vet Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, the madman Max Cady in Cape Fear, boxing champ Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, Michael, the leader of the three ex-war vets in The Deer Hunter, gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables.The role of Vito Corleone, the Godfather's father, was to prove a breakthrough and establish him, aged 29, as one of acting's biggest talents Marriage: De Niro was married to Diahnne Abbott from 1976 until 1988 but throughout the marriage he was involved with other women - as well as partying with Martin Scorsese and John Belushi in California Backing singer: Helena Springs performed in support of a series of big names, including Elton John, but De Niro met her when he pursed her car down a boulevard in Los Angeles and asked for her phone number.They met for dinner, spent the night together and began a non-exclusive affair Defining role: 1976 saw De Niro play Travis Bickle, the Vietnam veteran turned taxi driver.
Angela Bassett — nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Catherine in the Netflix show "Master of None" — reads Marcia De Sanctis' essay, "What the Psychic Knew."Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell on the ABC's "Modern Family" — nominated for Best Comedy Series — reads Jerry Mahoney's essay, "Mom/Not Mom/Aunt."Voices in this episode Angela Bassett has directed and starred in FX’s "American Horror Story." She received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for her work as Marie Laveau in "American Horror Story: Coven" as well as for her work as Desiree Dupree in the carnival themed "American Horror Story: Freak Show."Angela reprised her role as Lynne Jacobs in "London Has Fallen," the sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," alongside Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman.with the German-born American abstract expressionist artist Josef Albers who was greatly influential with his study of color theory and his teachings from the Bauhaus, the notable school of art, architecture and design in Weimar, Germany.Family link: Robert De Niro and his current wife, Grace Hightower, pictured in front of one of his father's works as he announced the Robert De Niro Sr. The prize reflects his closeness to his father Both he and De Niro were partying with cocaine and De Niro was living between New York and Hollywood, keeping his wife, Diahnne Abbott in a house in Brentwood while he stayed at the Chateau Marmont - the fabled hotel on Sunset Boulevard, populated by celebrities and where anything went.In late 1981, pregnant again, she now wanted this baby and when she told De Niro, that set him off 'on what she described as a series of ugly and intimidating conversations and encounters aimed at getting her to terminate the pregnancy'.'He drew the line at providing her with his medical history or a blood sample, fearing that she didn't merely want to be able to fill in the gaps in the baby's medical records, as she said, but rather that she was after more money,' writes Levy. When Cybill Shepard came to New York to prepare for acting in Taxi Driver, De Niro agreed to work with her for several days at the St. ‘There was an enormous amount of chemistry between De Niro and me’, Cybill stated. Family: De Niro's father, Robert snr, was an abstract expressionist painter who counted Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko among his friends.Bisexual, he separated from De Niro's mother but was close to his son At work: Robert De Niro Sr.She also appeared in Spike Lee’s film, "Chiraq" for Amazon Studios; and writer/director Stephen Poliakoff’s mini-series "Close To The Enemy," for BBC 2 alongside Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, and Alfred Molina.Angela was nominated for her first DGA Award for her directorial debut of Lifetime’s film "Whitney;" a biopic that chronicled the loving and tumultuous relationship between Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.In addition to marriage equality, Ferguson is also an advocate and active supporter of the Human Rights Campaign.In 2011, he was honored with the HRC's Media Award, which recognizes an individual for establishing a positive, increased awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the media. De Niro had been with him the previous evening and cried when he was told of the death Method acting: In his meticulous preparation for the film Taxi Driver filmed in 1976, De Niro got his New York City hack license and spent weekends driving a cab. Years later I said, ‘Can you believe I turned him down?Tragically, his method acting was what John Belushi was inspired by when he took a fatal drug overdose The first pregnancy, she aborted without telling the actor. ’De Niro sought his own sources of praise and attention, making friends with film director Martin Scorsese to work on the film 'Mean Streets', in the early 1970s after seeing him around his New York neighborhood for years.