Actors Fund 2013 Gala to Honor Robert De Niro, 4/29

Actors Fund 2013 Gala to Honor Robert De Niro, 4/29

The Actors Fund's annual gala on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis will honor Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro, the pay television company HBO and entrepreneur/film producer and Fund trustee Steve Kalafer. The trio will receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award from the 130-year old non-profit human services organization.

Mr. De Niro is the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, and his legendary film career includes Oscar wins for his performances in The Godfather, Part II (1974) and Raging Bull (1980) as well as five additional nominations.

HBO (Home Box Office, Inc.) is known worldwide for its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programs. Among its current and most popular series are Game of Thrones, Girls, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Veep. Additional award-winning programs include the miniseries MildrEd Pierce and Generation Kill; HBO Films' Too Big To Fail, Temple Grandin, Taking Chance, Grey Gardens, Game Change and You Don't Know Jack. CEO Richard Plepler is slated to accept the award.

Entrepreneur and film producer Steve Kalafer has served as a trustee of The Actors Fund since 1997. He has been a producer of eleven documentaries and has earned three Academy Award nominations, including the Oscar nominated Curtain Call (2000) about seniors at The Fund's Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

The event begins with a 6 pm reception, with dinner and entertainment at 7 pm. The evening will include special tribute performances by guests to be announced.

For tickets to the April 29 gala evening, call 212.627.1000 or email For more information and updates, visit

Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's "The Wedding Party" in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in "Bang the Drum Slowly" and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."

In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II." In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese's "Raging Bull."

De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five
additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's acclaimed "Taxi Driver;" as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter;" as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings;" in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic "Cape Fear;" and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."