Robert De Niro is an American actor, producer, and director. He is a stellar actor who needs no introduction of sorts. Fans love him for his perfect style, while analysts appreciate and adulate him for his remarkable passion for acting. The actor who rocketed to fame with ‘Bang the Drum’ and ‘Mean Streets’ has had an uphill and escalating career ever since, performing one-hit performance after the other. An established character actor, he is praised and commended by one and all for his accurate approach that he takes towards acting and his aim for obtaining correctness and excellence in every performance he dons.
What is fascinating to note is that unlike his co-workers and counterparts, he has shown no signs of taking it slow to date, with the new release of ‘Silver Lining Playback’ being a testimony to the same. He is one of the best-known method actors of Hollywood today who employs even the limits of tactic to give richness, authenticity, and tangibility to his characters to obtain the best performance out of himself. In his career that has crossed over five decades and still going strong, he has done many genres of movies, right from, action, romantic, thriller, and comedy. This Academy Award-winning actor has also donned the hat of a director twice, for the movies, ‘A Bronx Tale’ and ‘The Good Shepherd’.
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Robert De Niro was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the only child of artists Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr. His father was of Irish and Italian descent, while his mother had Dutch, English, French, and German ancestry. His parents, who had gathered at the painting classes of Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts, left when he was two years old after his father stated that he was g*y.
He was built by his mother in the Greenwich Village and Little Italy regions of Manhattan. His father existed nearby and remained close with De Niro during his childhood. Nicknamed “Bobby Milk” because of his pale skin, De Niro encouraged a number of street kids in Little Italy, much to the displeasure of his father.
Some, however, have continued his lifelong friends. His mother was grown Presbyterian but became an atheist as an adult, while his father had been a faded Catholic since the age of 12. Against his parents’ wishes, his grandparents had De Niro privately baptized into the Catholic Church while he was visiting with them during his parents’ divorce.
De Niro joined PS 41, a public elementary school in Manhattan, through the sixth grade. He also started acting classes at the Dramatic Studio and began his stage appearance at age 10, performing the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz.
He later moved to Elisabeth Irwin High School, the upper school of the Little Red School House, for the seventh and eighth grades. He was then admitted into the High School of Music and Art for the ninth grade, but only joined for a short time before shifting to a public junior high school, IS 71, Charles Evans Hughes Junior High School.
De Niro joined high school at McBurney School and then later, Rhodes Preparatory School. He saw performing as a way to reduce his shyness and became overwhelmed by the cinema, so he left out of high school at 16 to attempt acting. He studied acting at HB Studio and Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio. De Niro also read with Stella Adler, of the Stella Adler Conservatory, where he was presented to the techniques of the Stanislavski system.
De Niro wedded actress Diahnne Abbott in 1976. They have a son, Raphael, a former actor who works in New York real estate. De Niro also raised Abbott’s daughter Drena De Niro from an earlier relationship. De Niro and Abbott separated in 1988. Afterward, he was in a relationship with model Toukie Smith between 1988 and 1996.
De Niro has twin sons, Julian and Aaron, superfetated 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 concluded and in 2004 they repeated their promises.
In December 2011, their daughter was born via surrogate. In November 2018, it was announced De Niro and Hightower had left after 20 years of marriage. De Niro has four grandchildren; his daughter, Drena, has one child, and his son, Raphael, has three.
In October 2003, De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He experienced surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in December 2003. In 2006, De Niro got an Italian passport. His citizenship was given by the Italian government despite strong opposition by the Sons of Italy, who think that De Niro hurt the public image of Italians by representing criminals. In 2012, De Niro followed the anti-fracking campaign Artists Against Fracking.
In 2016, De Niro initially recommended the addition of a controversial documentary, Vaxxed, at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. He revealed that his interest in the movie was from his personal experience with an autistic son, Elliot. The film was removed from the schedule after consultation with the festival organizers and scientific community”.
In February 2017, De Niro took part in a joint exhibition with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman of the anti-vaccine non-profit Children’s Health Defense, to discuss their interests with vaccine safety. De Niro has said that he is not anti-vaccination but does question their ability.
Robert De Niro Net Worth
Robert De Niro has a net worth of $520 million.[table id=1956 /]
Outside of acting, Robert De Niro is the co-founder of the extremely prosperous Nobu restaurant chain along with Nobu Matsuhisa. Today there are more than 40 Nobu spots around the world. It has been published that the Nobu empire makes several hundred million dollars in revenue every year. Robert is also a co-owner of The Greenwich Hotel in New York.
In 2017 Robert and Australian billionaire James Packer declared a planned luxury resort named “Paradise Found” which will be established on the Eastern Caribbean island of Barbuda.
In June 2019 Robert’s ex-wife Grace Hightower registered legal paperwork, as part of their continuing divorce, which gave special detail to their finances and assets.
According to Grace’s filing, Robert’s net worth is at least $500 million and that he made $250 – $300 million between 2004 and 2018 alone, much of which came from his expanding Nobu domain. Under the terms of a prenup that the two approved in 2004, grace would be owed $1 million per year for the number of years they were married, a $6 million apartment, $500,000 in cash, and half the price of their primary residence.
However, Ms. Hightower filed actions trying 50% of the actor’s fortune, pretending that he held her in the dark regarding his finances for more than a decade.
A later interpretation of the prenuptial agreement, as revealed in court documents, called for Robert to pay Grace $1 million in any year that he earned at least $15 million, which is most years. If he earned less, he would pay proportionally less to Grace.
In July 2020, as the divorce ran on, Grace filed a complaint with the court saying that Robert had illegally cut her monthly American Express allowance from $100,000 down to $50,000. De Niro’s response alleged that due to the COVID-19 crisis his income has shriveled up and his business empire is in free fall.
He reportedly had to pledge $500,000 to help cover part of Nobu’s mounting debts. His lawyers alleged that Nobu lost $3 million in April and $1.9 million in May. His lawyers also alleged that De Niro would be “lucky if he makes $7.5 million” in 2020.
Hightower’s lawyers alleged that Robert had “used the COVID pandemic. to stick it to his wife financially. I’m not a believer that a man who has an admitted worth of $500 million and gets $30 million a year, all of a sudden in March he needs to cut down by 50 percent and ban her from the house.”
The judge in the case finally concluded that reducing the Amex allowance to $50,000 wasn’t unreasonable but also managed Robert to pay Grace $75,000 to help her find a summer house since Robert is currently living in their former primary home.
Robert De Niro Movies And TV Shows
- His career as an actor kick-started in 1963, when he seized a small performance opposite Jill Clayburgh for the movie, ‘The Wedding Party’. The film however hit the theatres only in 1969.
- He did a couple of cameo characters for the movies, including the French film, ‘Three Rooms in Manhattan’, which technically became his debut movie and ‘Les Jeunes Loups’. His first film as a lead actor was ‘Greetings’, released in 1968.
- The year 1973 can be considered as a breakthrough year for this budding star. Two of his movies ‘Bang The Drum Slowly’ and ‘Mean Streets’ were delivered this year and his performance in both the movies was highly appreciated and applauded. While ‘Bang The Drum Slowly’ had him playing the role of a terminally ill baseball player with perfection, ‘Mean Streets’ exposed his excellence overplaying the character of Johnny Boy, a small-time crook.
- The year 1974 only catapulted his status as the finest actor in the industry with the deliverance of Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather Part II’. His role-playing of the character of Vito Corleone won him the prestigious Academy Award.
- Following the progress of ‘Mean Streets’, he produced a strong bond with director Martin Scorsese who cast De Niro in many of his successful subsequent ventures.
- ‘Taxi Driver’ was one such film from the Niro-Scorsese camp, delivered in 1976. His impressive performance and extraordinary dialogue presentation skills earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
- Other releases of 1976 include Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘1900’, which was epic biographical research of life in Italy before World War II,’ and Elia Kazan’s ‘The Last Tycoon’. Though the movies did only fair well at the box office, his acting was appreciated by the audience and the critics alike.
- The start of the decade of the 1980s brought good news for him. He played the character of Jake La Motta for the Scorsese film, ‘Raging Bull’. The film was poorly collected at the box office but was praised by the critics. His effective role-play won him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
- With an aim to analyze new genres and not be typecast as a mob hero, he extended his artistic horizons and was seen tickling the rib of the audience with his accurate comic timing in the movies, ‘The King of Comedy’, ‘Brazil’ and ‘Midnight Run’
- The decade of 1990s began on a good note for this skilled actor as his film, ‘Goodfellas’ (1990), did exceptionally well at the box office.
- Three years later, he wore the hat of a director with his debut directorial venture titled, ‘A Bronx Tale’. He finished the decade with ‘Analyze This’ (1999), a film that made an entertaining spoof on mob movies.
- Keeping the laughter therapy on, in 2000, he came up with his next movie, “Meet the Parents’ cast opposite Ben Stiller. The film met with an amazing response that spawned its sequels, ‘Meet the Fockers’ and ‘Little Fockers’. Interestingly, the series also did a good business commercially and were a hit.
- In 2002, he reprised his role as Paul Vitti in the 1999 comedy, ‘Analyze This’ with its sequel, ‘Analyze That’.
- The same year, he also hosted a show on CBS titled, ‘9/11’ which was a documentary about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- In 2004, he gave a voice-over for the role of Don Limo in the animated movie, ‘Shark Tale’. This was his first experience with voice acting.
- Two years later, in 2006, he donned the director’s cap for the second time in the spy thriller ‘The Good Shepherd’. He was part of the star cast that introduced Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
- In 2010, Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis’s directorial venture, ‘Machete’ saw him play the character of Senator John McLaughlin in this action-packed film.
- The same year, he was recognized in a thriller movie, ‘Stone’ alongside Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich.
- In 2011, De Niro demonstrated his versatility by acting is films of different genres. While his first release was an action film ‘Killer Elite’, the second was a film adaptation of the novel ‘The Dark Fields’, titled, ‘Limitless’. He completed the year with a Garry Marshall’s romantic-comedy ‘New Year’s Eve’.
- Showing no signs of taking it slow, in 2012, he delivered a power-packed performance for the movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, for which he won an Academy Award nomination. He also appeared in movies such as ‘Freelancers’, ‘Red Lights’ and ‘Being Flynn’.
- In 2013, he starred in the movies, ‘The Big Wedding’, ‘Killing Season’ and ‘The Family.
- Some of his films scheduled to release in 2013 and the subsequent year include, ‘Last Vegas’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘Grudge Match’, ‘Motel’, ‘Hands of Stone’, and ‘The Irishman’.
Facts About Robert De Niro
- He went on to gain 60 pounds (27 kgs) of muscle mass to perform the part of aging boxer Jake La Motta in the iconic movie, Raging Bull. It was the world record for most weight obtained for a performance at that time.
- In 1989, he founded his production company Tribeca Film Center, which has created a number of successful movies including Meet the Parents, which had Ben Stiller and De Niro himself in the lead character.
- In 1998, he was seized up in an investigation of a Paris based pr*stitution ring. He refused that he was involved in any character in the scandal and alleged that he would never return to France. He finally did return for movie shootings and was also a portion of the jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
- De Niro and iconic actor Marlon Brando hold the difference of being the first pair of actors to have got Academy Award for a single role. They were praised for their depiction of Vito Corleone.
- To prepare for his character as Vito Corleone, he was in Sicily and learned the Sicilian dialect for about 4 months. Most of his dialogues in the movie The Godfather: Part II were in Sicilian.
- He made his stage introduction at the age of 10 after he was cast as the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz.
- During the auditions for The Godfather, he had screen-tested for the roles of Sonny Corleone, Michael Corleone, Carlo Rizzi, and Paulie Gatto. Although he didn’t get any of the before-mentioned characters, the movie director Francis Ford Coppola saw his potential and cast him in the sequel.
- He holds the difference of being the first guest to arrive in the famous talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- In one of the sparring views in The Raging Bull, he broke his co-star Joe Pesci’s rib. The scene was included in the final cut of the movie.
- The Premiere magazine has put his performance in The Raging Bull at #10 spot in the list highlighting 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
- In the poll led by Channel 4 (UK Channel), he finished in the second place behind Al Pacino in the list featuring the greatest movie stars of all time.
- He is the co-owner of the Rubicon Restaurant, which is based in San Francisco. He also co-owns several high-profile New York City-based restaurants such as Nobu and Layla.
- Robert De Niro was originally a preferred choice for the character of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. However, the movie producers hired Tim Burton as director and he chose to cast Johnny Depp in the iconic character.
- He was allowed the character of Frank Costello in the mafia drama flick, The Departed. However, he chose to focus on his directorial attempt The Good Shepherd and the performance went to Jack Nicholson.
- To look perfect for his role as Max Cady in Cape Fear, he paid $5,000 to the dentist to make his teeth look bad. After the finish of the project, he had to dish out $20,000 to get a regular-looking set of teeth.
- He was hired to play the character of Bill the Butcher in the historical drama, Gangs of New York. However, when he saw that he had to spend 6 months in Europe for the project, he dropped out.
- He was the first individual to support Leonardo DiCaprio to director Martin Scorsese. De Niro had seen Caprio’s performance first hand in the movie, The Boy’s Life.
- He was one of the few characters to have pressed against former US President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.
- He doesn’t have any social media account.
Though The Irishman is the first time the two have worked together on a film in 13 years, it’s clear that they’re friends offscreen. Back in 2003, Joe saluted his pal in a speech for Robert American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. I owe Mr. De Niro a lot, probably a lot more than most people.
De Niro co-founded the swanky Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant in 1994. Along with his co-ancestors, celebrity chef Nobuyuki Nobu Matsuhisa and film producer and businessperson Meir Teper, the actor owns 46 restaurants and 13 luxury hotels across the world.
Pacino is great, but he always seems to be playing Al Pacino, which is not a bad thing but versatile it is not. De Niro understands a thing or two about the danger. Pacino has not received as many of those parts, but he brings an always simmering just below the surface madness to the most mundane moments.
The reports write that, out of the three times that Pacino and De Niro have acted in together, they only dislike one movie. Both actors stated that they certainly were not fans of the flick, Righteous Kill, now that they look back on their careers, particularly since they felt it was a garden variety movie.