When Robert De Niro was 10 years old he was in an elementary school production of "The Wizard of Oz". What character did he play?
Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer, and director. His body of work includes numerous films that are considered to be among the greatest and most influential worldwide. He is a recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, the Cecil B DeMille Award, AFI Life Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Nicknamed "Bobby Milk" for his pallor, De Niro hung out with a group of street kids as a youth in Little Italy, some of whom have remained his lifelong friends. His stage debut was at age 10 when he played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz". Along with finding relief from shyness through performing, he was also fixated by cinema, and he dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue acting.
De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film "The Godfather Part II", for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film "Raging Bull".