De Niro's portrayal of Russian American steel worker Michael Vronsky in 1978's "The Deer Hunter" earned the actor an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. De Niro has said that the part was the most physically exhausting role he ever played. De Niro didn't take home the Oscar, but the film did end up winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Universal)
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