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Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan’s garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese earned a B.S. degree in film communications in 1964, followed by an M.A. in the same field in 1966 at New York University’s School of Film. During this time, he made numerous prize-winning short films including The Big Shave (1967), and directed his first feature film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967).
Interesting Facts about Martin Scorsese
- On Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he said the directors that inspired him the most are John Cassavetes, Orson Welles, John Ford, Federico Fellini, Elia Kazan, Roberto Rossellini, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
- He was an altar boy at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was used in his early films Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967) and Mean Streets (1973). Old St. Patrick’s is also where the baptism scene in The Godfather (1972) took place.
- Resides in New York City. His production offices are located on West 57th Street in Manhattan.
- In two of his films, After Hours (1985) and Cape Fear (1991), writer Henry Miller is mentioned.
- Was Francis Ford Coppola’s choice to direct The Godfather: Part II (1974), but Paramount Pictures wanted Coppola back, with the promise of his own creative freedom.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is the highest-grossing movie of his 47-year career with a worldwide gross of $389,600,694.
- Has appeared in an “American Express” ad where he goes to pick up photos of his nephew’s birthday party at a drug store, and then proceeds to nervously pick through what’s wrong with each picture while trying to get the clueless photo-lab clerk’s opinion on them. He proceeds to buy more film with an American Express card and calls the people on the pictures saying they need to reshoot. Scorsese says this funny ad is probably the closest he’s come to accurately “playing” himself.
- President of the ‘Cinéfondation and Short Films’ jury at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival in 2002.
- Despite the fact that Martin Scorsese does not like remakes, he has directed two. The first was Cape Fear (1991) and the second was The Departed (2006). The Departed is a remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs (2002).
- He admires the imagination and artistry of the science fiction and monster films from Toho. Specifically the work of Ishirô Honda, director of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan. Scorsese met Honda while working on the set of Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) and told Honda how he enjoyed his films in his youth. He would also contribute to Honda’s biography.
- Martin Scorsese made cameo appearances as a photographer in two films that he directed. The two films are The Age of Innocence (1993) and Hugo (2011).
- All but three of his feature films have received at least one Academy Award nomination: New York, New York (1977), The King of Comedy (1982) and After Hours (1985).
Personal Quotes by Martin Scorsese
Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt.- Martin Scorsese
And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.- Martin Scorsese
When I was growing up, I don’t remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness itself, but the pursuit.- Martin Scorsese
There’s no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.- Martin Scorsese
The young people today are the 21st century.- Martin Scorsese