Robert De Niro

American actor (born 1943)

Robert Anthony De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer and director. His most well-known movies include Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980) Casino (1995), Jackie Brown (1997), Meet the Parents (2000), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Joker (2019) and The Irishman (2019).

Robert De Niro
De Niro in 2016
Robert Anthony De Niro

(1943-08-17) August 17, 1943 (age 80)
CitizenshipUnited States, Italy
EducationHigh School of Music Art
Alma materStella Adler Studio of Acting
  • Actor
  • movie producer
  • movie director
Years active1959–present
(m. 1976⁠–⁠1988)

(m. 1997)
Children7, including Drena De Niro
Parent(s)Virginia Admiral
Robert Henry De Niro

Early life


Robert Anthony De Niro was born on August 17, 1943, in Greenwich Village,[1] New York City, the son of Virginia Holton Admiral, a painter and poet, and Robert Henry De Niro, an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor.[2] His father is half Irish and half Italian descent and His mother is of half German, with her other roots of English, French and Dutch descent.

Personal life



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


Academy Award





  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. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  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". Archived from the original on 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  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.