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De Niro diagnosed with prostate cancer

Prospects for actor’s full recovery are good
/ Source: The Associated Press

Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro, 60, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but his prospects for a full recovery are good, his publicist announced on Monday.

“Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups,” publicist Stan Rosenfield said in a statement. “Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

De Niro won an Oscar as best actor in 1981 for “Raging Bull,” and was named best supporting actor in 1975 for his role in “The Godfather: Part II.”

The native New Yorker, who shot to prominence in Martin Scorsese’s 1973 film “Mean Streets,” has received four other Oscar nominations as best actor in “Cape Fear” (1991), “Awakenings” (1990), “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Taxi Driver” (1976).

He was last seen in movie theaters reprising his comic turn as mobster Paul Vitti in the film “Analyze That” with Billy Crystal.