Martin Scorsese is a legendary filmmaker and historian. He is renowned for films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, The Aviator, Shutter Island, Hugo, and Silence. He is also a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, Academy Award, a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Directors Guild of America Awards. Martin has a huge fan following with over a million followers on Instagram and more than 2 million followers on Facebook.
New York City, New York, United States
Martin Scorsese studied at the Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx, New York City. Later, in 1964, he attended the New York University Washington Square College or College of Arts and Science and earned a B.A. in English. After that, he acquired a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University‘s School of the Arts or the Tisch School of the Arts in 1966.
Martin Scorsese is managed by –
- Rick Yorn, Manager, The Firm, Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Ari Emanuel /Chris Donnelly /John Lesher, Agents, Endeavor Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Leslee Dart, Publicist, Dart Group, New York City, New York, United States
- Jake Bloom, Attorney, Bloom Hergott Deimer Rosenthall La Violette, Beverly Hills, California, United States
- The Film Foundation, Inc., Production Company, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Sikelia Productions, Production Company, New York, United States
Girlfriend / Spouse
Martin Scorsese has dated –
- Dawn Steel – Martin and singer Dawn Steel had a brief relationship.
- Laraine Brennan (1965-1971) – On May 15, 1965, Martin married his university sweetheart Laraine Marie Brennan. They also have a daughter named Catherine Scorsese. However, the marriage ended in a divorce in 1971.
- Sandy Weintraub (1971-1975) – From 1971 to 1975, Martin dated Sandy Weintraub.
- Julia Cameron (1975-1977) – On December 30, 1975, he married journalist Julia Cameron. They have a daughter named Domenica Elizabeth Cameron-Scorsese (b. 1976). However, their divorce was finalized on January 19, 1977.
- Liza Minnelli (1976-1977) – Martin dated singer Liza Minnelli for a year between 1976 and 1977.
- Isabella Rossellini (1979-1983) – On September 29, 1979, he got married for the third time to one of his favorite director Roberto Rossellini’s daughter, actress Isabella Rossellini. Sadly, this nuptial too ended in a divorce in 1983.
- Barbara De Fina (1985-1991) – Martin exchanged vows for the fourth time with producer Barbara De Fina on February 8, 1985. Their marriage lasted for 6 good years before they separated on October 5, 1991.
- Illeana Douglas (1989-1997) – From 1989 to 1997, Martin was in a relationship with actress Illeana Douglas.
- Helen Morris – Around 1996, Martin met writer Helen Morris on the set of the biographical drama, Kundun. The two later fell in love and got married on July 22, 1999. They have a daughter named Francesca Scorsese (b. 2003). Martin and Helen seem to be living a happy married life.
- Thick rimmed glasses
- Thick natural eyebrows and full gray hair
Martin Scorsese has done endorsement work for brands like –
- S. Satellite Broadcasting (1997)
- Icelandic Airlines (1968)
- Vidikron video projectors (the 1990s)
- Johnnie Walker Whiskey (2002)
- American Express (2003)
- American Express credit card (2004)
- La Clava Reserva wine (2007)
- American Express Members’ Project (2007)
- Apple Siri (2012)
Best Known For
- His directorial works including Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Kundun (1997), Gangs of New York (2002), No Direction Home (2005), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Departed (2006), The Aviator (2004), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), and Silence (2016)
- His writing works including the screenplay for Silence (2016), Casino (1995), The Age of Innocence (1993), Goodfellas (1990), and Mean Streets (1973); documentary writing for My Voyage to Italy (1999), New York City… Melting Point (1966); 10 episodes for TV series Vinyl (2016); short films like for The Big Shave (1967), It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964), What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963); and TV movie documentary Lady by the Sea: The Statue of Liberty (2004) and A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
- Also directing numerous documentaries relating to rock music including The Last Waltz (1978), No Direction Home (2005), Shine a Light (2008), and : Living in the Material World (2011)
In 1967, he made his theatrical film debut as a gangster in the romantic drama film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door. However, he was uncredited for his appearance.
In 1976, he made his credited theatrical film debut in the crime-drama film, Taxi Driver.
First TV Show
In 1976, he made his first TV show appearance in the documentary series, Apropos Film.
Martin Scorsese Favorite Things
- Films – Citizen Kane (1941), The Red Shoes (1948), The Leopard (1963)
Martin Scorsese Facts
- Duel in the Sun (1946) was the first film that he saw at the cinema when he was 4 years old. The film left a significant impact on him.
- Growing up in The Bronx, he often rented Michael Powell’s The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).
- The film that made him realize that he could become a filmmaker was The Magic Box (1951).
- During his younger days, he used to serve as an altar boy at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
- He has asthma.
- In 1995, the Artists Rights Foundation awarded Martin Scorsese the 3rd annual John Huston Award for Artists Rights.
- In 1976, Michael Powell presented him with a special tribute award at the Telluride Film Festival.
- ’s song Bad(1987) was directed by Martin Scorsese.
- He has worked in collaboration with in 8 films.
- He had a personal attachment to the films The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Gangs of New York (2002) and wanted to make them since the 1970s.
- Martin was responsible for spurning the term “director’s cut” as he felt that the film should not be altered once it was made.
- In 2005, Empire (UK) magazine ranked him 3rd in their list of The Greatest directors ever!
- He has served as a mentor to Georgia Lee by inviting her to apprentice for Gangs of New York (2002) in Europe.
- His highest-grossing movie in his career of the last 47-year is The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) which earned a worldwide gross of $389,600,694.
- His film, The Aviator (2004), was his first film that grossed over $100 million in the United States.
- He has also worked with music geniuses like , , , The Rolling Stones, U2, Michael Jackson, and .
- He has directed 18 actors which lead to an Oscar-nominated performance like , Robert De Niro (3 times), (twice), (twice), , , , , , , , , Lorraine Bracco, Paul Newman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Alda, , and .
- In 2007, he received the Kennedy Center Honors along with Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin, , and Brian Wilson.
- He has admitted that the only regret that he has in his career is making The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) on a small budget. He wanted it to be grand.
- He is a great fan of the British Hammer Films series.
- Seven of Scorsese’s films were listed in Steven Jay Schneider’s edited version of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. They are Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), and The Departed (2006).
- In 1994, he said that the directors that inspired him the most were John Cassavetes, Orson Welles, John Ford, Federico Fellini, Elia Kazan, Roberto Rossellini, Michael Powell, and Emeric Pressburger.
- Martin used Widescreen aspect ratio (1.85:1) to shoot all his film from 1972 to 1990 and used CinemaScope aspect ratio (2.35:1) to shoot all his film from 1992 onwards.
- The script for Taxi Driver (1976) was given to him by his friend Brian De Palma.
- In 2005, he was named the honorary president of the Vienna Film Museum.
- He has admitted to making Hugo (2011) for his daughter so that she could watch at least one of his films.
- Martin has written 3 books relating to cinema which are “A Director’s Diary: the Making of Kundun”, “The Magic Box: 201 Movie Favourites”, and “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorcese Through American Movies”.
- On February 28, 2003, he received the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- He has a phobia of flying on airplanes.
- In 2002, at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival, he acted as the President of the ‘Cinéfondation and Short Films’ jury.
- He first heard of through his old friend, Robert De Niro.
- On November 30, 2016, he had the privilege of a private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican along with his wife Helen Morris, daughters Francesca Scorsese and Cathy Scorsese, and producer Gastón Pavlovich.
- Previously, he had appeared in 6 of his Oscar Best Picture nominated films, where he also made cameo appearances, like Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), Hugo (2011), and Quiz Show (1994).
- He is the only director who has 2 of his films, Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990), selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in their first year of eligibility.
- Martin loved the film Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
- He supports organizations like the Foundation which is dedicated to serving 10,000 military veterans in overcoming posttraumatic stress disorder through Transcendental Meditation.
- Martin has also admitted to practicing Transcendental Meditation.
- In 1990, he founded a nonprofit organization called The Film Foundation which is dedicated to film preservation.
- In 2007, he also founded the World Cinema Foundation.
- He has won several awards including AFI Life Achievement Award, Academy Award, a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Directors Guild of America Awards.
Featured Image by Martin Scorsese / Instagram
Facts of Martin Charles Scorsese
- Gender Male
- full nameMartin Charles Scorsese
- birthplaceNew York City, New York, United States
- Date of Birth November 17, 1942
- Age 80 years 6 months
- Horoscope Scorpio
- Lucky Number 8
- Lucky Stone Garnet
- Lucky Color Purple
- Best Match for Marriage Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces
- ethnicity / ethnic backgroundItalian-Sicilian
- net worth$150 million
- professionFilmmaker, Historian
- weight64 kg or 141 lbs
- height5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
- hair colorGray
- eye colorDark Brown
- body type / buildAverage
- high schoolCardinal Hayes High School
- collegeNew York University
- motherCatherine Scorsese
- fatherCharles Scorsese
- brothersFrank Scorsese
- favorite moviesCitizen Kane (1941), The Red Shoes (1948), The Leopard (1963)