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1Name:  Mr. Martin Scorsese
 Year Elected:  2008
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  501. Creative Artists
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1942
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese was born in New York in 1942 and received his MFA from New York University in 1964. Among his numerous awards and honors, he has received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 1997, the Academy Award for Best Director in 2006, the French Legion of Honor in 2007, the Motion Picture Association of America's Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award in 2009, the Cecil B. Demille Award in 2010, and an Emmy in 2011. Additionally, in 2007 he was recognized for career excellence and cultural influence by the Kennedy Center Honors committee and was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. With the pace and energy of his third feature film, Mean Streets (1973), Scorsese led a new generation of directors into the American cinema and introduced the world to the first of nine collaborations with Robert de Niro. Raging Bull (1980) is on the short list of the best films of all time, appearing as the American Film Institute's #1 sports film, while in many minds Goodfellas (1990) has eclipsed The Godfather as the finest gangster movie ever made. Best known for his depiction of a variety of criminal underworlds, Scorsese has also made films exploring religion (The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun) and American biography (The Aviator). He has directed a total of 21 films, which have won a combined 15 Academy Awards and 9 Golden Globes. His other feature films include: Who's That Knocking at My Door (1968), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The King of Comedy (1983), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Gangs of New York (2002), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Public Speaking (2010), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). In addition to his own continuing work he is a dedicated supporter of many programs for the restoration and care of classic films. He is a major artist and yet loves his art form as if he were a devoted amateur. His current projects include a film about Frank Sinatra and the restoration and distribution of classic films from around the world through his World Cinema Foundation and the website Martin Scorsese was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2008.
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