This Is Robert De Niro's 1976 Taxi Driver's License

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Before Robert De Niro starred in "Taxi Driver," the legendary actor was an actual taxi driver licensed by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Jun 12, 2014 | 07:04 PM

Did Robert De Niro drive your taxi? If you were hailing an NYC cab in 1976, there's a chance that he did.

The legendary actor got a taxi driver's license and worked 12-hour days for a month in a cab to prep for his iconic role as Travis Bickle in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver."

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission tweeted this photo of De Niro's taxi license, which features a photo of the actor at age 32. The Oscar winner is now 70 years old and the commission would love to hear from anyone who was lucky enough to ride in his taxi.

"Even 38 years later, the images of Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in ‘Taxi Driver’ are still indelibly etched in people’s minds,” TLC Chair Meera Joshi told the New York Post. “It’s very much to Mr. De Niro’s credit that he spent weeks behind the wheel of a real cab to get into character, and as we suggested in our recent tweet, if someone remembers hailing and riding with him, we hope they will share that experience with us."

Sounds like De Niro was a damn good taxi driver.  

De Niro, though, has always been well prepared for the roles he takes on. For 1980's "Raging Bull," he lived with co-star Joe Pesci and gained 60 pounds for the film's later scenes. He bulked up, got tattoos, and paid a dentist to grind down his teeth for 1991 film "Cape Fear." Now that's commitment.

Cover image credit: Twitter/nyctaxi

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