Robert De Niro to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Robert De Niro. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9625009a)

Robert De Niro already has dozens of prestigious awards under his belt, and he’s ready to add another one to his trophy shelf. The Oscar-winning star of The Godfather and Taxi Driver is set to receive a life achievement award at the Screen Actor Guild Awards.

The SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris announced their decision to honor De Niro in an official statement and described him as one of the biggest talents of his generation.

“The characters he creates captivate our imaginations. From the smoldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake Lamotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, he continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” said Carteris.

De Niro rose to prominence during the ‘70s, when he started a decades-long collaboration with Martin Scorsese by starring in his movies Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. He also won his first Oscar for the role in The Godfather: Part II during this era.

He went on to star in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the ‘80s and ‘90s and made a switch to comedy with the role in the Meet the Parents franchise. De Niro’s most recent credits include Scorsese’s The Irishman and box office hit Joker.