Robert De Niro is an American actor, director and producer.
Born on August 17, 1943, in New York City, he is considered to be one of the most influential actors of his generation.
De Niro is known for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese and his uncompromising portrayals of violent and abrasive characters, as well as his later career comic depictions of cranky old men.
He has won two Academy Awards and has been nominated for several others, and has also directed several films, including A Bronx Tale and The Good Shepherd.
In addition to his work in film, De Niro co-founded one of the world’s major film festivals, per Empire Online.
Robert De Niro early life
De Niro’s parents were both respected artists who had met while attending Hans Hoffman’s famed Provincetown painting classes.
His mother, Virginia Admiral, was a cerebral and gifted painter, while his father, Robert De Niro Sr., was a painter, sculptor and poet whose work received high critical acclaim.
De Niro’s parents separated when he was two years old after his father announced that he was gay.
As his father remained singularly devoted to his art, he was raised primarily by his mother, who took on work as a typesetter and printer.
De Niro dropped out of school at age 16 to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.
After working in a few Off-Off-Broadway plays, he appeared in his first film, Brian De Palma’s The Wedding Party (filmed 1963, released 1969).
Thereafter he appeared in several minor films, the most notable being The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971).
As a young actor, De Niro was inspired by the work of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Greta Garbo, Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley.
De Niro had his breakthrough in the film Mean Streets (1973), directed by Martin Scorsese, who would become a frequent collaborator.
Robert De Niro’s personal life
De Niro has been in several relationships and marriages over the years.
He has been linked to several partners over the years, and most recently linked to Tiffany Chen, per Hollywood Life.
De Niro has been married twice. His first marriage was to Diahnne Abbott in 1978, which ended in 1988.
His second marriage was to Grace Hightower in 1997, which ended in 2018.
De Niro’s first wife is an actress who appeared in several of his films, and have a son together named Raphael.
De Niro’s second wife, Hightower, is a philanthropist and socialite; they have two children together, a son named Elliot and a daughter named Helen Grace.
Who are Robert De Niro’s children?
Robert De Niro is a proud father of seven children;
1. Drena De Niro
Drena is an American actress, producer and director born on September 3, 1971, in New York City, USA.
She is the daughter of De Niro and his first wife, Abbott.
Drena began her acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in films such as City by the Sea (2002), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) and Wag the Dog (1997).
She has also appeared in several television series, including The Sopranos (2000-2007), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-2021) and Entourage (2004-2011).
In addition to her acting career, Drena has also worked as a producer and director.
She produced the film Search and Destroy (1995) and directed the short film Girls and Dolls (2002).
2. Raphael De Niro
Raphael is a prominent American real estate broker and managing partner at the New York-based real estate brokerage firm, Douglas Elliman.
He was born on November 9, 1976, in New York City, United States.
Raphael is the son of De Niro, and his first wife, Abbott.
He grew up in New York City and attended the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey.
After completing his education, Raphael began his career in the real estate industry and quickly rose to prominence as a successful broker.
He has been involved in several high-profile real estate deals in New York City, including the sale of a $50 million penthouse in Tribeca and the sale of a $21 million townhouse in the West Village.
Raphael has also represented several high-profile clients, including celebrities and business executives.
He is married to Claudine De Matos, and the couple has two children together.
3. Julian Henry De Niro
Julian Henry De Niro is an American real estate broker and entrepreneur.
Born on December 20, 1995, in New York City, USA, Julian is better known as the son of De Niro.
Julian began his career in real estate in 2014, working for the Corcoran Group, a New York-based real estate brokerage firm.
He later joined Douglas Elliman Real Estate, where he currently works as a licensed real estate broker.
Julian has been involved in several high-profile real estate transactions in New York City, including the sale of a $25 million penthouse in SoHo.
In addition to his real estate career, Julian is also an entrepreneur having co-founded the luxury lifestyle brand, The Wild Ones.
The Wild Ones which offers a range of products, including clothing, accessories, and home goods.
The brand is inspired by Julian’s love of travel and adventure.
Julian De Niro is also involved in philanthropic work.
He is a board member of the New York City Police Foundation, which supports the New York City Police Department and its officers.
Julian is also a supporter of the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in New York City.
4. Aaron Kendrick De Niro
Aaron Kendrick De Niro is the son of the famous American actor De Niro and his former girlfriend, Toukie Smith.
He was born on October 20, 1995, and is currently 27 years old.
Aaron Kendrick is a twin, and his brother’s name is Julian Henry De Niro.
He has a fairly private life and has drawn public interest because of his affiliation with his father, and not much information available about his personal life, but he is believed to be single.
5. Elliot De Niro
Elliot was born in 1998, and he is the son of De Niro and Hightower, his second wife.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
6. Helen Grace De Niro
Helen was born in 2011, and she is the youngest child of De Niro and Grace.
She is still a child and has not yet entered the public eye.
7. Gia De Niro
Gia was born in April 2023, and she is the youngest child of De Niro. Her mother’s is Tifanny Chen.