Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is an American actor, producer, and director who holds both American and Italian citizenship.
Robert Anthony De Niro Jr., born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer, and director with both American and Italian citizenship.
De Niro attended high school at McBurney School and later at Rhodes Preparatory School. He found acting as a way to alleviate his shyness and became fascinated with cinema, so he dropped out of high school at 16 to continue acting.
He has received several accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor and in 2016, he received a United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. President Barack Obama.
De Niro married actress Diahnne Abbott in 1976. They have a son, Raphael, a former actor who works in New York real estate. De Niro also adopted Abbott’s daughter Drena De Niro from a previous relationship. De Niro and Abbott were divorced in 1988. Afterwards, he was in a relationship with model Toukie Smith between 1988 and 1996. De Niro has two twin children, Julian and Aaron, conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995. In 1997, De Niro married actress Grace Hightower. Their son, Elliot, was born in 1998 and the couple split in 1999. The divorce was never finalized, and in 2004 they renewed their vows.
Several journalists consider De Niro one of the best actors of his generation.