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Robert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in HBO TV Movie

Robert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in HBO TV MovieRobert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in HBO TV Movie

He's played the roles of villains, gangsters, mob-men, and mischievous fathers before, but now Robert De Niro will take on the role of the ultimate ponzi-schemer, Bernie Madoff.

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According to a public release statement from HBO spokesperson Nancy Lesser, the actor, 68, and his production company, Tribeca Productions will team with HBO to adapt the book Truth and Consequences: Inside the Life of the Madoff Family into a TV movie. Reservation Road writer John Burnham Schwartz will write the screen adaptation of the financial guru's story.

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Madoff, 73, worked as a financial advisor for many decades and held a top-tiered reputation for handling massive accounts. However, in 2009 the former chairman of NASDAQ pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted he'd been running a ponzi scheme for years, cheating his thousands of clients out of their life savings.

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Indeed, his actions ruined many lives. The former Upper East Side resident himself is now serving a 150-year prison sentence, his son Mark committed suicide in 2010, and thousands of his clients have plead bankruptcy. 

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