Nearly four decades ago, three of today’s biggest names in film starred together in the Oscar-winning Vietnam War movie Deep Hunter — and Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken were together again on the red carpet for the Chaplin Award Gala in New York City.
On Monday, De Niro, 73, was honored with the Chaplin Award by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a lifetime achievement of excellence award. The actor’s former costars were on hand to celebrate him, posing together for photos on the red carpet.
The Deer Hunter — which starred Walken, De Niro and the late John Cazale as three friends who worked in a factory in Pennsylvania and enlist to fight in Vietnam — took home five Oscars in 1979 including Best Picture. Streep, then an unknown actress, was cast as the girlfriend of Walken’s character.
Walken, 74, and De Niro are set to appear on the big screen again in this year’s comedy The War with Grandpa.
Streep, 67, and De Niro went on to work together again in the 1984 romance Falling in Love, the 1996 film Marvin’s Room, and 2004’s First Man. Following the actress’ impassioned acceptance speech at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January, De Niro commended her in a letter obtained exclusively by PEOPLE.
“What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beautifully,” De Niro wrote. “I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements. I share your sentiments about punks and bullies. Enough is enough.”
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