Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro – Biography Of A Famous Hollywood Star

This post is about an award-winning Hollywood celebrity, Robert De Niro.


  • Born in New York City, US, on August 17, 1943
  • Currently divorced after a few marriages and has seven children
  • Over 90 award nominations, of which he won 42

Read on as we let you know more about this amazing Hollywood star.

Who Is Robert De Niro?

Robert Anthony De Niro is an actor and film producer widely known as one of the most influential actors of his era. He is renowned for his movie collaborations with Martin Scorsese, an American and Italian actor and filmmaker.

Robert was inspired to act when he watched films featuring some Hollywood stars: Greta Garbo, Geraldine Page, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Kim Stanley, and James Dean.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Robert De Niro is the only child of his parents, who worked as painters. They met during Hans Hofmann’s painting classes in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Not long after his birth, his parents separated, which led to him living with his mother, Virginia Admiral. However, his father stayed close and always met with Robert.

Robert lived in the Greenwich Village and Little Italy neighborhoods of Manhattan. He made friends with many street kids while growing up, who are still his friends to date.

After he completed his elementary school education at PS 41 in Manhattan, he enrolled in acting classes at the Dramatic Workshop. He then had his first on-stage performance when he was 10.

Robert had to attend several schools briefly, including Elisabeth Irwin High School, the High School of Music & Art, Charles Evans Hughes Junior High School, and McBurney School.

Shortly after, he realized that acting could help relieve his shyness. Due to his eagerness, he dropped out of high school to chase his dreams.

Robert De Niro had his first marriage in 1976 with Diahnne Abbott. She bore a son for him before they divorced in 1988, even though he had already adopted the daughter (Drena) from her previous relationship.

After his divorce, he dated a model (Toukie Smith) and later married an actress, Grace Hightower. The model had a twin (Julian and Aaron) for him, while the actress bore a son (Elliot) and daughter (Helen – surrogate) for him. He and Grace called it quits after 20 years of marriage. His seventh child was with a martial arts instructor, Tiffany Chen.

Robert De Niro with children

Career – Robert’s Filmography and Awards

Robert De Niro learned more about acting at the HB Studio of New York and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in NY. His first acting role was in Mean Streets (1973), an American crime movie directed by Martin Scorsese.

He also featured in The Godfather Part II (1974), Raging Bull (1980), The Deer Hunter (1978), King of Comedy (1982), Awakenings (1990), This Boy’s Life (1993), and Joker (2019).

Films Produced by Robert De Niro

Robert has produced close to 20 movies in the American film industry.

Here’s a list of his films:

  • About a Boy (2002)
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)
  • Faithful (1996)
  • The Good House (2021)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)
  • The Irishman (2019)
  • Meet the Parents: Little Fockers (2010)
  • Meet the Fockers (2004)
  • Meet the Parents (2000)
  • Mistress (1992)
  • Prison Song (2001)
  • Rent (2005)
  • Stage Beauty (2004)
  • Thunderheart (1992)
  • Wag the Dog (1997)
  • What Just Happened (2008)
  • The Wizard of Lies (2017)

Awards Won by Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has won 42 awards so far out of 94 nominations.

Robert De Niro wins an award

The major of them are as follows:

  • 1975 – Best Supporting Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 1981 – Best Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 2001 – Best Line from a Movie (MTV Movie Awards)
  • 2012 – Best Supporting Actor (Detroit Film Critics Society)
  • 2013 – Best International Supporting Actor – Cinema (Australian Academy of Cinema Awards)
  • 2017 – Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Satellite Awards)
  • 2020 – Best Movie Cast (Critics’ Choice Awards)

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