The Godfather. Taxi Driver. The Irishman. Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro has been known by many names in his nearly six-decade career — and we might just have to add “honorary Longhorn” to that list.
UT’sHarry Ransom Center announced yesterday the creation of the De Niro Curator of Film, an endowment in the iconic film star’s name dedicated to supporting the center’s work to preserve film history.
The center aims to raise $3 million for the endowment, and De Niro himself has made an undisclosed contribution toward that effort.
We think even Vito Corleone would be impressed by De Niro’s collection at the Harry Ransom Center. | Gif via Giphy
This isn’t the beginning of De Niro’s relationship with the research library + museum. In 2006, the actor donated the archive of his film career to the center.
Appraised at a value of more than $5 million, at the time the donation was the center’s second-biggest film acquisition ever — and De Niro has been contributing additional materials ever since.
“I strongly believe in and support what the Harry Ransom Center does to open the creative process of filmmaking to students and the community,” De Niro said in a statement published yesterday.
While the center’s De Niro collection isn’t currently on display, you can request to see some items for research purposes. It includes:
A leopard-print boxing robe worn in “Raging Bull”
One fake Italian passport used in the filming of “The Godfather, Part II”
More than 3,000 other costume items and props
Correspondence, including records from film legends Martin Scorsese and Elia Kazan
Dozens of boxes of other documents, including annotated scripts, notes, and books
When Robert De Niro donated his film archive to UT’s research library + museum, it was the second-largest donation in the center’s history. | Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
You might also get the chance to seeDe Niro himself this fall at the Harry Ransom Center’s 65th anniversary gala, which was also announced yesterday.
Titled “A Celebration of Film,” the event honors the impact of film archival history, and sponsorships + ticket sales will benefit the endowment.
The gala will take place Fri., Sept. 24 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets, which start at $2,500 a pair, are on sale here. 🎟️
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