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Robert De Niro as Supporting Roles: 4 Times Star Shined Without Being Lead Actor

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Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro arrive at the gala presentation for their film "Silver Linings Playbook" during the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, September 8, 2012. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 05:25 PM

You don’t always have to be the biggest name on the marquee to steal the show. Ask Robert De Niro, whose roles have been across the board.

The iconic actor has had success in his illustrious career as a lead actor, but there has also been recognition when he has played supporting roles. Just as impressive, his two major awards for supporting actor performances came 38 years apart.

Here are four times the star shined without being the lead actor.

1. “Silver Linings Playbook”

De Niro’s most recent award-worthy performance came in the 2012 film that starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. He was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award at the Academy Awards, though he did not win.

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He also made waves after the film’s release when he cried during an interview with Katie Couric, saying “I don't like to get emotional, but I know exactly what [the director] goes through,” referring to David O. Russell and his bipolar son.

2. “The Godfather: Part II”

De Niro’s only win at the Academy Awards when it comes to supporting actor roles came via this 1974 film. De Niro played Vito Corleone in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed sequel and won Best Actor in the Supporting Role at the 1975 Oscars.

Interestingly, he almost didn’t get to play the role because he had auditioned to play Sonny Corleone in the original “Godfather” movie but was passed up. James Caan got that role, and in the end, it worked out for De Niro.

3. “Mean Streets”

De Niro played Johnny Boy in the 1973 film about "a small-time hood struggles to succeed on the 'mean streets' of Little Italy.” De Niro’s role, as described on the film’s IMDb page, was “A near psychotic whose troublemaking threatens them all.”

The National Society of Film Critics Awards recognized him in 1974 with the Best Supporting Actor award.

Also, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards bestowed the same recognition upon him.

Harvey Keitel starred in the movie as well.

4. “Men of Honor”

De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. headlined this 1990 biopic about the first African-American to become a U.S. Navy diver (Gooding) and the efforts of his trainer (De Niro) to get him to fail.

De Niro’s portrayal of Master Chief Billy Sunday earned him a 2001 nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role from the Satellite Awards, an honor bestowed by the International Press Academy.

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