Martin Scorsese's parents, Catherine (Cappa) and Luciano Charles Scorsese, were both of Sicilian descent.
Martin Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in New York City, New York, the United States, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films.
Scorsese had asthma as a child, and he often spent time alone unable to participate in neighborhood activities. He was fascinated with movies and watched films on television, and his father took him to local theaters frequently while his healthier peers engaged in sports and more social activities. Scorsese was able to find in movies the thrills and excitement that did not exist for him in reality. At a young age, he became an expert on the Hollywood movies of the 1940s and 1950s.
Scorsese was recognized as an Italian citizen by jus sanguinis in 2018.