Martin Scorsese was born in New York on November 17, 1942. His parents worked in New York's garment district while attempted to be actors on the side. In his youth he developed a passion for movies. He went to Catholic High School and then received his BA from New York University. He went on to receive an MFA from and the New York University School of Film. His first major success as a director was Mean Streets, set in his native Little Italy. His works include Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gang of New York, the Aviator and the Departed. Scorsese won his first Oscar for the Departed when he won the 2006 Academy award for the best producer. The movie also won the award for the best picture that year.
Most recently Scorsese directed Shutter Island his highest grossing film, as well as The Wolf of Wall Street.