The 25 Greatest Actors Of The '90s

By EW Staff
August 07, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

“Robert De Niro is a true chameleon. He has the ability and discipline to disappear completely into the character that he’s playing, and he plays those characters without ego or vanity.” — SHARON STONE

Sure, he could play a normal guy if he wanted to. But why would he? He does wounded, twisted, maniacal, hard-assed, and demented better than anyone else (The Godfather, Part II; Taxi Driver; Raging Bull). And unlike so many lions of American acting, De Niro, 54, hasn’t succumbed to laziness in the ’90s; he’s never rested on his mannerisms — perhaps because he has none. Ultimately, the two-time Academy Award winner is the world’s most famous character actor.

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