Robert De Niro
American actor, director
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is an American actor, director and producer. His first major film roles were in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. In 1974, he played the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Robert De Niro's personal information overview.
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Robert De Niro on vaccine safety: 'Something's wrong'
Fox News - 4 days
Robert De Niro still can’t fully support vaccination.“Where is the science?” he asked in an interview on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.”
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If Trump Really Wants To 'Do Something' About Autism, Here Are 3 Suggestions
Huffington Post - 7 days
It’s clear that President Donald Trump is interested in the subject of autism spectrum disorder, repeatedly expressing an interest in doing “something” about the condition. To autism advocates, his enthusiasm is exciting; the issue could always use more funding for research and services to improve quality of life and social integration.  Unfortunately, anti-vaccine activists like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have seized upon this interest as an opportunity to insert themselves into a conversation about vaccine safety at the highest policy levels. Last month, Kennedy claimed Trump had selected him to lead a panel on “vaccine safety” (the administration later denied this and said they were in fact exploring a commission on autism). And on Wednesday, Kennedy and actor Robert De Niro, who has his own history of vaccine skepticism, appeared at a press conference in Washington, D.C., to again push the notion that a panel on vaccine safety would eventually move forward under Trump’s administ ...
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Cause Celeb: Robert De Niro continues to question vaccines - Washington Post
Google News - 8 days
Washington Post Cause Celeb: Robert De Niro continues to question vaccines Washington Post Cause: Vaccine safety. Specifically the debunked link between mercury found in early childhood vaccines and autism, a claim the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unequivocally refuted. Celeb: Legendary actor Robert De Niro, who's got a ... RFK Jr. says Trump still wants 'vaccine safety commission'Politico A prominent vaccine opponent who met with Trump says the president will likely create a vaccine commissionBusiness Insider Why the Kennedy-De Niro Vaccine Challenge MattersThe American Conservative CBN News -CBS Local -Gant Daily -MyNewsLA.com all 21 news articles »
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A New Designer (and Robert De Niro) for a Re-energized Zegna
NYTimes - 12 days
Ermenegildo Zegna and Alessandro Sartori, longtime pals, become colleagues once again at an Italian luxury brand now undergoing a makeover.
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Michael Shannon connected to his 'Nocturnal Animals' lawman character from the get-go
LATimes - 14 days
Michael Shannon’s versatility can’t be explained by a Daniel Day-Lewis- or Robert De Niro-like mutant ability to transform physically. That’s a bit of a nonstarter for a 6-foot-3 fellow with as distinctive a look as Shannon’s. Yet he’s hardly shackled; the actor slides freely into the skin of the...
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'Split' Tops Box Office For Third Weekend In A Row
Huffington Post - 17 days
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Robert De Niro delivers punchlines but 'The Comedian' lacks punch
CNN - 20 days
Robert De Niro delivers punch lines without much punch in "The Comedian" -- a peculiar movie, other than the modest kick of seeing its star try his hand at stand-up. It's watchable, barely, thanks to a stellar cast, including several former De Niro co-stars who appeared opposite him in better films.
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Review: Robert De Niro as ‘The Comedian,’ a Has-Been Seeking a Comeback
New York Times - 21 days
Joined by a cast that includes Edie Falco and Harvey Keitel, Mr. De Niro plays an insult comic in a film that, like its jokes, lacks zing.
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Robert De Niro Writes His Own Trump-Inspired Mean Tweets
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Leslie Mann Jokes Robert De Niro Said She's a 'Better Actress' Than Meryl Streep
ABC News - 23 days
“He sent me flowers every day," Mann joked on "GMA."
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John Hurt, Star Of 'The Elephant Man' And '1984,' Dead At 77
Huffington Post - 26 days
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'Zoolander 2,' Affleck, De Niro earn Razzie 'worst' film nods
Reuters.com - about 1 month
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fashion industry satire "Zoolander 2" led nominations on Monday for the annual Razzie Awards, a list of the year's worst films that includes performances by past Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Ben Affleck and Julia Roberts.
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Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin Address Crowd at Anti-Trump Rally in NYC - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - about 1 month
Hollywood Reporter Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin Address Crowd at Anti-Trump Rally in NYC Hollywood Reporter Baldwin assured the crowd that "there is hope. Trump and Pence think you're going to lay down. That's one thing about New Yorkers: You don't lay down." The anti-Trump demonstration held just a half-mile from Trump Tower kicks off Thursday. The event ... Alec Baldwin brings Donald Trump impression to protest rallyEW.com Michael Moore, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin and More Lead Anti-Trump Rally in NYCIndieWire All Of Your Favorite Celebs Said #FuckTrump In NYC!PerezHilton.com Huffington Post -Washington Post -The Hill (blog) -Hollywood Life all 31 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert De Niro
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 72
    De Niro initially supported the inclusion of the controversial documentary about an alleged vaccination coverup, Vaxxed, at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details He explained his interest in the film resulted from his family experience with an autistic son. De Niro withdrew his recommendation after discussion with the scientific community. He said he was pressured by some festival filmmakers to remove Vaxxed from the festival line-up. He also said that he intends to be a part of the conversation around vaccines and autism moving forward. The director of the film, Andrew Wakefield, who is considered the father of the anti-vaccination movement, had reportedly been communicating with Grace Hightower and in one reported exchange sympathized with them saying: "your family's life has been blighted by autism".
    De Niro announced on March 25, 2016 that his son, Elliot, has autism and that explained his interest in its causes and treatment.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported in October 2003 that De Niro had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in December 2003. De Niro, who has long resided in New York City, has been investing in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood since 1989. He has residences on the east and west sides of Manhattan. He also has a estate in Gardiner, New York, which serves as his primary residence.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    In 2012, De Niro joined the anti fracking campaign Artists Against Fracking.
    More Details Hide Details De Niro was raised by an atheist mother and a lapsed Catholic father who left the Catholic Church at age 12. His grandparents had him secretly baptized Catholic, and his grandmother was the main advocate of Catholicism in the family. While he refuses to be asked about religion in interviews, he has made some comments that could allude to at least some Catholic sympathies. When asked why he would not play Jesus Christ in Martin Scorsese's 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, he explained on at least two different occasions: Last Temptation was something I was never interested in doing. But I did tell Scorsese, 'If you really have a problem, if you really want to do it, and you need me, I'll do it. If you're against the wall and have no other way, I'll do it as a friend.
    On March 19, 2012, De Niro and his wife held a fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign.
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  • 2011
    Age 67
    In 2011, De Niro was the President of the Jury for the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, he starred in the films Silver Linings Playbook, Freelancers, Red Lights, and Being Flynn. He received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Silver Linings Playbook. On April 8, 2015, De Niro revealed that he'll play Enzo Ferrari in a movie to be released in 2016. De Niro's capital ventures have included co-founding the film studio TriBeCa Productions, the Tribeca Film Festival, the restaurants Nobu and Tribeca Grill (which he co-owns with Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane), The Greenwich Hotel (located in Tribeca), and the restaurant inside the hotel, Locanda Verde (run by executive chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini). According to the July 2010 issue of Gourmet magazine, De Niro is in negotiations with an internationally renowned chef, Natalia Jibladze, to launch an as-yet-unnamed restaurant in Manhattan under his Tribeca trademark. When in Malaysia in 2010, he dined with the Malaysian Prime Minister's wife and was asked to open a Malay restaurant in Alor Setar, Kedah.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    On February 4, 2008, De Niro supported Obama at a rally at the Izod Center in New Jersey before Super Tuesday.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    De Niro publicly supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details While promoting the film The Good Shepherd with co-star Matt Damon on the December 8, 2006, episode of Hardball with Chris Matthews at George Mason University, De Niro was asked whom he would like to see as President of the United States. De Niro responded, "Well, I think of two people: Hillary Clinton and Obama."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 56
    In 2000, he vocally supported Al Gore in the presidential election.
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  • 1998
    Age 54
    In 1998, he lobbied Congress against impeaching President Bill Clinton.
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    During a film shoot in France in February 1998, De Niro was questioned as a witness about the Bourgeois prostitution ring.
    More Details Hide Details De Niro denied any involvement, later filing a complaint. Despite saying at the time that he would not return to France, he later filmed there and presided over the jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, the trust that owns De Niro's Gardiner estate sued the town to have its property tax assessment reduced, arguing that, at $6 million, it was too high and should be compared only with similar properties in Ulster County, where Gardiner is located. The town, which had been comparing its value to similar estates in Dutchess County, across the Hudson River, and Connecticut's Litchfield County, east of Dutchess, where many other wealthy New York City residents maintain estates on large properties, won in State Supreme Court. But in 2014, the trust's lawyers appealed the decision and the town was unsure if it should continue to defend the suit because of its own financial limitations (it would have earned far less in payments on the increased taxes than it had spent in legal bills). This has made many residents, who initially sympathized with De Niro, angry, and some proposed to raise money privately to help the town continue the suit.
  • 1997
    Age 53
    In 1997, De Niro married his second wife, actress Grace Hightower, at their Marbletown home. 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.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2011, a daughter named Helen Grace was born via surrogate. In addition to his six children, De Niro has four grandchildren, one from his daughter Drena and three from his son Raphael.
  • 1995
    Age 51
    De Niro has twin sons Aaron Kendrick and Julian Henry de Niro conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995, from a long relationship with former model Toukie Smith.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 43
    In 1987, De Niro was the President of the Jury at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in This Boy's Life (1993). Around this time, he was offered the role of Mitch Leary in In the Line of Fire (1993). However, due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut A Bronx Tale (1993), he gave up the role to John Malkovich, who later received an Academy Award nomination for it. In A Bronx Tale, which De Niro agreed to direct after seeing the screenwriter's one-man off-Broadway play, he played a bus driver who struggles to keep his son away from a local mobster. At the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, he was awarded an Honorable Prize for contribution to cinema. De Niro would reference In the Line of Fire, along with Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973), two more of Eastwood's films, in Righteous Kill (2008). He also appeared in the crime drama Cop Land (1997). He starred in the police action-thriller Heat (1995), along with fellow actor and long-time friend, Al Pacino. The duo drew much attention from fans, as both have generally been compared throughout their careers. Though Pacino and De Niro both starred in The Godfather Part II (1974), they shared no screen time. They once again appeared together in Righteous Kill (2008).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 32
    De Niro married his first wife, 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. They divorced in 1988.
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    In 1976, De Niro appeared in 1900, Bernardo Bertolucci's biographical exploration of life in Italy before World War II, seen through the eyes of two Italian childhood friends at the opposite sides of society's hierarchy.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in The Last Tycoon (1976), directed by Elia Kazan. Kazan recalls that De Niro "would do almost anything to succeed" and noted that he cut his weight down from 170 to 128 pounds for the role in this film. Kazan adds that De Niro "is one of a select number of actors I've directed who work hard at their trade, and the only one who asked to rehearse on Sundays. Most of the others play tennis. Bobby and I would go over the scenes to be shot. Bobby is more meticulous... he's very imaginative. He's very precise. He figures everything out both inside and outside. He has good emotion. He's a character actor: everything he does he calculates. In a good way, but he calculates." Kazan developed and used those personality traits for his character in the film. And although the film did poorly at the box office, reviewers praised De Niro's acting. Film critic Marie Brenner wrote that "for De Niro, it is a role that surpasses even his brilliant and daring portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II... his performance deserves to be compared with the very finest".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    De Niro's first film role came at the age of 20, when he appeared in Brian De Palma's 1963 film The Wedding Party, but the film was not released until 1969.
    More Details Hide Details He then appeared in Roger Corman's film Bloody Mama (1970). He gained popular attention with his role as a dying Major League Baseball player in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and began his collaboration with Martin Scorsese when he played the small-time criminal Johnny Boy in Mean Streets (1973). De Niro had a pivotal role in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather Part II (1974), playing the young Vito Corleone. Coppola had remembered his previous auditions for the roles of Sonny Corleone, Michael Corleone, Carlo Rizzi, and Paulie Gatto in The Godfather. His performance earned him his first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor, although Coppola accepted the award as De Niro was not present at the ceremony. De Niro became the first actor to win an Academy Award speaking mainly a foreign language. In this case, several Sicilian dialects, although he delivered a few lines in English. He and Marlon Brando, who played the older Vito Corleone in the first film, are the only actors to have won Oscars for portraying the same fictional character. The two came together onscreen for the only time in The Score (2001). After working with Scorsese in Mean Streets, De Niro went on to have a successful working relationship with him in films such as Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on August 17, 1943.
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