Robert De Niro named Cannes jury chairman

Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 08:46 AM IST

Paris: The Cannes Film Festival Thursday named US film star Robert De Niro to head the jury for this year`s film fest running May 11-22.

De Niro, 67, has appeared in more than 70 films, twice winning the coveted Oscar as best actor ("Godfather II" and "Raging Bull").

"I was head of the jury twice in the 1980s and I know that it`s not an easy task, but I am thrilled about it," De Niro said about his role in the 64th edition of the Cannes festival.