Robert De Niro

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Robert De Niro
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De Niro in 2011
Born Robert De Niro, Jr.AKA punchy
(1943-08-17) August 17, 1943 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence TriBeCa, Lower Manhattan
Nationality American
Citizenship United States and Italy
Education High School of Music Art
Alma mater Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Occupation Actor, director and producer
Years active 1959–present
Home town Manhattan, New York
Spouse(s) Diahnne Abbott (m. 1976–88)
Grace Hightower (m. 1997)
Children 6 (including Drena De Niro)
Parent(s) Robert De Niro, Sr.
Virginia Admiral

Robert De Niro, Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, director, producer, and voice actor. His most well-known movies include Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978) and more recently Casino (1995) and The Good Shepherd (2006).

Early life[change | change source]

Robert De Niro, Jr. was born in Greenwich Village,[1] New York City, the son of Virginia Holton Admiral, a painter and poet, and Robert De Niro, Sr., an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor.[2] His father is of half Italian and half Irish descent and His mother is of half German, with her other roots of English, French and Dutch

Personal life[change | change source]

Family[change | change source]

De Niro with his wife Grace Hightower at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

De Niro was first married to Diahnne Abbott. They have a son, Raphael, a former actor who works in New York real estate.[3] De Niro also adopted Abbott's daughter from a previous relationship, Drena.

De Niro has twin sons, Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrik. They were delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995. His partner was a long-term live-in relationship with former model Toukie Smith.[4]

In 1997, De Niro married actress Grace Hightower.[5] Their son Elliot was born in 1998. The couple split in 1999. The divorce was never finalized and in 2004 they renewed their vows.[5] In December 2011, they had a daughter, Helen Grace. She was born through a surrogate.[6][7]

In addition to his six children De Niro has three grandchildren.[8][9][10]

In 2003, it was said that De Niro had prostate cancer. He went on to make a full recovery.[11]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Academy Award[change | change source]

BAFTA Award[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 1998
  2. "Robert De Niro Biography (1943–)". Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  3. "New York Real Estate – Prudential Douglas Elliman". Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  4. "Toukie Smith and actor Robert De Niro become parents of twins". Jet. October 20, 1995. p. 36. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Drug allegations hit De Niro custody battle" July, 26 2001. The Guardian
  6. "Robert De Niro & Wife Welcome Baby Girl". People. December 23, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  7. "Robert De Niro and wife welcome a child via surrogate". Daily Mail. London. December 24, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  8. De Niro welcomes another grandchild
  9. Drena De Niro expecting child 2003
  10. De Niro's daughter on him as a father and grandfather
  11. "De Niro has prostate cancer". BBC News. October 21, 2003. Retrieved January 9, 2011.