In the current pantheon of American screen actors, Robert De Niro reigns supreme. He is best known for great roles he created in Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Part II, and Raging Bull. In such films he played violent, obsessional men so authentically that audiences rarely knew where the character ended and De Niro began. Now, in the first full-length biography of the star, John Parker reveals the secrets of this driven, fiercely private man. From De Niro's fanatical devotion to "method" acting to his liaisons with super models Toukie Smith and Naomi Campbell, Parker captures the essence of Robert De Niro -- a figure whose impact on contemporary screen-acting is unmatched.