Robert De Niro, the renowned American film and stage actor, was born on August 17, 1943 in Lower Manhattan to Robert De Niro Sr. and Virginia Admiral. His parents separated when De Niro was fairly young, so he grew up mostly with his mother. De Niro’s dad was always a significant part of his life. Robert De Niro’s father took him to the movies regularly causing him to develop a love for acting.

He has starred in to date almost one hundred films during his acting career. He has been honored countless times for his acting abilities. Out of seven Oscar nominations, the Hollywood icon has won twice, for The Godfather: Part II and Raging Bull. He has been nominated eight times for the Golden Globe Award and has so far won once, also for Raging Bull, as well as receiving a host of other nominations and awards.

He was selected by the US President Barack Obama to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. Meryl Streep presented a heart-moving synopsis of De Niro’s contribution to the world of film that brought tears both to the actor’s and to the audience’s eyes. He received a standing ovation on December 6, 2009 at the Kennedy Center Honors function.

Award Winning Actor Robert De NiroCredit: Niro married twice to women of color and had a long-term relationship with black model and actress, Toukie Smith. He has fathered six children. He adopted his first wife’s, Daihnne Abbots’s, daughter, and the couple had one son together, Raphael Kendrick De Niro. He has surrogate sons with his ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith. He has one son and a surrogate daughter with Grace Hightower, his second wife.

While he has children with three different women, De Niro was able to inculcate love and closeness among his children. He was able to keep a close knit family. When he attended the Kennedy Centre Honors, he was accompanied by Grace Hightower, their son Elliot, and his twin sons, Julian Henry and Adrian Kendrick.

De Niro is known to religiously guard his personal life and rarely gives private interviews. However, he broke his own rule and revealed a lot of personal information through the documentary he produced on his father. What could have prompted or motivated De Niro Jr. to do such a thing? He wanted Elliot, Julian, Adrian, and his baby daughter to know what kind of man their grand-dad was. He wanted them to know about his dad through his eyes. De Niro even preserved his father’s studio just so that his kids can see the work his father produced as an artist.

De Niro was seen vacationing in the French Riviera with his four sons, namely Raphael, Julian Henry, Aaron Kendrick, Elliot and his wife Grace Hightower. They spent time on a yacht and dined at a restaurant on the beach. His adopted daughter, Drena, has been featured alongside her dad in a few movies.

Hollywood high-life, fame, and fortune, never allowed Robert De Niro to lose sight of the things that mean the most in this life: Family. He has provided stability and security for a complex and seemingly fragmented family.

De Niro became emotionally overwhelmed on national television during an interview on Katie Couric’s show. The discussion was based on the hit movie “Silver Linings Playbook” in which De Niro played the role of father to a child with bipolar disorder in the movie. It was revealed during an interview on Katie Couric’s show that in real-life De Niro had a son with a similar disorder. He revealed to the world his struggles as a dad to a child with special needs.

Robert De Niro Jr. might be known as one of the world’s finest Hollywood icon. He may be associated with fame and fortune. However, when a closer look is taken of the man, it is evident where his real focus is in this life. De Niro deserves a standing ovation, not for the role of actor but for his role as a real-life "model father."


1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television
1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
2006 Extras
2011 30 Rock
2013 Saturday Night Live
2014 Criminal Justice


1965 Three Rooms in Manhattan
1965 Encounter
1968 Greetings
1969 The Wedding Party
1969 Sam's Song
1970 Bloody Mama
1970 Hi, Mom!
1971 Jennifer on My Mind
1971 Born to Win
1971 The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
1973 Bang the Drum Slowly
1973 Mean Streets
1974 The Godfather: Part II
1976 Taxi Driver
1976 1900
1976 The Last Tycoon
1977 New York, New York
1978 The Deer Hunter
1980 Raging Bull
1981 True Confessions
1982 The King of Comedy
1984 Once Upon a Time in America
1984 Falling in Love
1985 Brazil
1986 The Mission
1987 Angel Heart
1987 The Untouchables
1988 Midnight Run
1989 Jacknife
1989 We're No Angels
1990 Stanley & Iris
1990 Goodfellas
1990 Awakenings
1991 Guilty by Suspicion
1991 Backdraft
1991 Cape Fear
1992 Mistress
1992 Night and the City
1993 Mad Dog and Glory
1993 This Boy's Life
1993 A Bronx Tale
1994 Frankenstein
1995 One Hundred and One Nights
1995 Casino
1995 Heat
1996 The Fan
1996 Sleepers
1996 Marvin's Room
1997 Cop Land
1997 Wag the Dog
1997 Jackie Brown
1998 Great Expectations
1998 Ronin
1999 Analyze This
1999 Flawless
2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
2000 Men of Honor
2000 Meet the Parents
2001 15 Minutes
2001 The Score
2002 Showtime
2002 City by the Sea
2002 Analyze That
2004 Godsend
2004 Shark Tale
2004 Meet the Fockers
2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
2005 Hide and Seek
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles
2006 The Good Shepherd
2007 Stardust
2008 What Just Happened
2008 Righteous Kill
2009 Everybody's Fine
2010 Machete
2010 Stone
2010 Little Fockers
2011 The Ages of Love
2011 Limitless
2011 Killer Elite
2011 New Year's Eve
2012 Red Lights
2012 Being Flynn
2012 Freelancers
2012 Silver Linings Playbook
2013 The Big Wedding
2013 The Family
2013 Killing Season
2013 Last Vegas
2013 American Hustle
2013 Grudge Match
2014 The Bag Man
2015 The Intern
2016 Hands of Stone



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