Our Favorite Robert De Niro Sunglasses
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Our Favorite Robert De Niro Sunglasses

Robert De Niro’s Sunglasses in Movies – 

Looking at sunglasses in a store or online really doesn’t do them justice. So often, it’s when we see sunglasses worn in movies that we truly get a sense of what they can do for our look. And, let’s face it, some actors make sunglasses more memorable than others. 

Robert De Niro is one of those actors whose sunglasses become an inextricable piece of each character. Case in point, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver wearing American Optical aviators. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of De Niro’s most classic sunglass looks throughout his career.

Robert De Niro Taxi Driver Sunglasses

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De Niro as Travis Bickle

Taxi Driver is one of those films that became an instant classic, largely due to De Niro’s iconic performance. As Travis Bickle, De Niro’s signature costume – an army jacket, mohawk, and military-issued aviator sunglasses – symbolizes his internal struggle and foreshadows the violence to come.

What sunglasses did Robert De Niro wear in Taxi Driver? The American Optical FG-58, now known as the Original Pilot. These sunglasses were one of the styles issued to the US military through the Vietnam War. They feature AO Eyewear’s signature bayonet temple and a squared-off aviator shape. The Original Pilot flatters most face shapes, especially oval faces like De Niro’s.

Robert De Niro Sunglasses in ‘Casino’

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Robert De Niro in Casino

In Casino, De Niro plays a mobster with a meteoric rise to success and affluence. His wardrobe, therefore, is flashy and braggadocious. The sunglasses he wears, by Ultra Palm and Carrera, give off this vibe. The large size of these shades are proportional to his character, Ace’s, ego.

The styles of his sunglasses are believed to be the Ultra Goliath II and Carrera 5425, both luxury products that display Ace’s ability to spend on every facet of his look. 

This is another film of De Niro’s that became classic overnight with its strong performances and direction.

Robert De Niro Sunglasses in ‘the Irishman’

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Robert De Niro in The Irishman

De Niro’s sunglasses in “The Irishman” are a bit more subdued than his other looks. This makes perfect sense given his character. As Frank Sheeran, De Niro plays a truck driver who becomes involved in organized crime. 

As he becomes more trusted and invaluable to the Bufalino family, he rises through the ranks over time, a much less glamorous character arc than we saw in “Casino.” Therefore, his sunglasses, while still luxurious, are less flashy. Though still a prestige product, the Persol PO2803 he wears doesn’t project the same brash confidence as his other looks.

Why Choose American Optical?

American Optical sunglasses are a great choice for several reasons:

  1. Quality: American Optical has been producing high-quality eyewear for over 100 years, and our sunglasses are no exception. They are made from durable materials and feature high-quality lenses that provide excellent protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
  2. History: American Optical has a long and storied history, having provided eyewear to the US military and NASA for many years. This gives our sunglasses a sense of authenticity and a connection to American history.
  3. Style: American Optical sunglasses are available in a range of classic and timeless styles. They are versatile and easy to wear for both casual and formal occasions.


Robert De Niro’s presence is bigger than the screen and is known for his ability to inhabit complex characters, bringing depth and nuance to each performance. His character’s sunglasses convey strength, power, and style. If you have questions about De Niro’s Taxi Driver sunglasses from American Optical, feel free to contact us.


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