More Martin Scorsese Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Gangs of New York)Martin Scorsese is the director of over twenty-five films including Mean Streets, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, the Life Lessons segment of New York Stories, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino, Kundun and Bringing Out the Dead. A graduate of New York University, Scorsese worked as an editor until his first feature, Who's That Knocking At My Door?, caught the attention of Roger Corman who asked him to direct Boxcar Bertha. He returned to New York to film Mean Streets in 1973, and his work attracted the critical acclaim and national attention that launched his career. Scorsese co-directed and co-wrote (with Michael Henry Wilson) the British Film Institute/Channel 4 documentary "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies," which celebrated one hundred years of filmmaking. In addition, he created Italianamerican, a documentary about his parents.
He is one of the founders of the Film Foundation, which promotes the restoration of films by studios and archives. In 1992, he launched Martin Scorsese Presents, a company dedicated to the restoration and distribution of classic films.
Scorsese has also sought to encourage other filmmakers through his producing efforts on The Grifters, Mad Dog and Glory, Naked in New York, Search and Destroy, Clockers and Grace of My Heart. He recently co-produced Matthew Harrison's Kicked In the Head and Stephen Frears' The Hi Lo Country, and also served as executive producer on Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me.
Scorsese recently received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored with a special gala tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Her served as president of the jury at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.