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Robert De Niro
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De Niro in 2011
Robert Anthony De Niro AKA punchy

August 17, 1943 (1943-08-17) (age 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Citizenship United States and Italy
Education High School of Music Art
Alma mater Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Occupation Actor, director, producer, comedian
Years active 1959–present
Home town Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Diahnne Abbott (m. 1976–1988)

Grace Hightower (m. 1997)
Children 6 (including Drena De Niro)
Parent(s) Virginia Admiral
Robert Henry De Niro

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

Early life

Robert Anthony De Niro was born in Greenwich Village, New York City, the son of Virginia Holton Admiral, a painter and poet, and Robert Henry De Niro, an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. 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


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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. 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.

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

In addition to his six children De Niro has three grandchildren.

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

Awards and nominations

Academy Award

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Won: Best Actor, Raging Bull (1980)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Awakenings (1990)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Cape Fear (1991)


  • Nominated: Best Newcomer, The Godfather Part II (1976)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Taxi Driver (1977)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, The Deer Hunter (1979)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Raging Bull (1982)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, The King of Comedy (1984)
  • Nominated: Best Actor, Goodfellas (1990)

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