This past weekend on December 8, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) honored director, producer and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro with the seventh annual Kirk Douglas Award, which recognized excellence in film and served as a fundraiser for SBIFF.
De Niro joined the ranks of an illustrious group of past recipients of the award, including Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas. Dedicated to his craft and always bringing a striking intensity to his performances, De Niro has a repertoire that includes over 80 feature films, where he consistently demonstrated his versatility by stepping into the minds of an eclectic and unique range of characters. Starting out in the 1973 film Bang the Drum Slowly, he has gone on to be a part of movies that we all know and love, such as The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Untouchables (1987) and so many more. He later demonstrated his comedic ability with more recent films like Analyze This (1999), Meet the Parents (2001) and Meet the Fockers (2004). He currently stars in Silver Linings Playbook, in theaters now.
The anticipated event took place at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, where De Niro accepted this honor from Mr. Douglas himself in recognition of his exceptional career.
“I am a great fan, not only for what he does on screen, but also for establishing the Tribeca Film Festival…it brought joy back to lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11,” commented Kirk Douglas.
Successful and talented, Robert De Niro has been and will continue to be one of the best-loved actors in history.