Today Martin Scorsese holds the moniker of greatest living American filmmaker and is almost universally respected for his contributions to celluloid. Scorsese's success has also allowed him to obtain a personal net worth of $70 million! This may have never happened however had he not suffered from intense asthma as a child, a condition which prevented him from playing sports and which left him with little else to do but watch an endless array of films. He later described this process as an unintentional film school.
Through a combination of his passion for film and his experience of growing up on rough New York streets, Martin was inspired to direct his breakthrough feature 'Mean Streets' which became the first of many collaborations with actor Robert De Niro. Having made this film, Martin now had the money he needed to film Taxi Driver, a project which was difficult to get off the ground but which became a surprising box office success and found itself nominated for several Oscars.
Martin would continue to be nominated for Academy Awards throughout his established career but became famous for losing every time round for classics such as Raging Bull and Goodfellas. His losses for the latter two films are often described as two of the biggest Oscar mistakes of all time.
Marty (as he is often referred to by close film friends) finally found Oscar glory in 2006 however when he won Best Director for The Departed. In a manner reminiscent of his collaborations with De Niro, Scorsese has currently taken a liking to heartthrob turned serious actor Leanardo Di Caprio with whom he has made his last three features with and who stars in his upcoming movie Shutter Island.