Robert De Niro: Gets honorary doctorate degree from Bates College
Legend of Hollywood Robert De Niro has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Bates College.
The 68-year-old actor, along with journalist Gwen Ifill and molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler, were presented with their honorary doctorates during the graduation commencement on Sunday (May 27) in Lewiston, Maine, reports The Bangor Daily News.
De Niro, who was honoured with a doctorate of fine arts, joked to the 463 graduating students during his acceptance speech.
The versatile genius said: "With all due respect to Gwen Ifill and Bonnie Bassler, I think this is the most important piece of advice you'll get today - become a movie star.
"Now, you might be tempted by other careers, other interests, other commitments. There might be pressure on you to change the world, but you want to find the strength to resist.
"When I started, I wasn't a movie star, and it sucked. The moment I became a movie star, things started to get better."
The 'Limitless' actor was recently cast in Luc Besson's Malavita and he is due to star opposite Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman in Last Vegas.