Robert De Niro is one of the most popular actors of his generation. He has a long career that spans more five decades. Apart from his acting prowess on screen, he is also an excellent father.
Born in the Manhattan borough of New York City in 1943, Robert De Niro was the only child of painters Robert De Niro Sr and Virginia Admiral. When he was just two years old, his parents divorced and he moved in with his mother.
De Niro began acting at a young age. He started taking acting classes in elementary school. He made his stage debut at ten, playing the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Left: Robert De Niro, his girlfriend Diahne Abbott circa 1977 New York City. Right: Robert De Niro kisses Diahne Abbott on the set Source: Getty Images Inset: Drena and Raphael De Niro on Raphael’s birthday “New York, New York” | Source: Getty Images Inset: Drena and Raphael De Niro on Raphael’s birthday | Source: Instagram/ Drena De Niro.
Performer was his way to beat shyness. He was so fascinated with film that he dropped out from high school to pursue acting at 16.
He would continue to play minor roles in the 1965 movies. “Three Rooms in Manhattan,” “Encounter,”Then “Les Jeunes Loups”1968. He also landed his first major role in 1968. “Greetings.”
His breakout role was in 1973’s film. “Bang the Drum Slowly,” in which he played the lead role as Bruce Pearson, a Major League Baseball player with Hodgkin disease.
Robert De Niro is seen at the ‘Once Upon A Time’ Premiere on May 18, 2012, during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images| Photo: Getty Images
He continued taking part in several movies over the years and, in 1974, landed a pivotal role as young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather Part II,” which received eleven Academy Awards nominations, of which he won six.
In 1976, De Niro appeared in the psychological drama “Taxi Driver,”A role that was called a “landmark performance.”De Niro and Diahnne, who played supporting roles in the movie, met while they were filming.
Diahnne Abbott was a singer and actress who was born in New York City in 1945. When she met De Niro on the set of “Taxi Driver,” they immediately hit it off. They tied the knot a few months later.
They welcomed Raphael to their family in November of the same year. De Niro legally adopted Drena Abbott’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Through her mother’s marriage with the Hollywood legend Drena adopted De Niroas her surname, which she retained even after her parents split in 1988.
Drena was heavily influenced by her parents’ career choices as a young girl. She spent her childhood running around De Niro film sets in New York. Due to De Niro’s active career, she also moved between Los Angeles and New York.
The years she spent moving around were some of her happiest, and despite her parents’ success in the industry, she never did consider them celebrities.
Manhattan is where I grew upDrena was exposed early in her life to the nightlife.
Drena found her passion for dance and music by being in clubs as an adolescent. When she turned 17 she requested turntables for her birthday. Soon, she would be an international DJ.
She was too exhausted from the hard work of being a DJ to quit. She decided to take up acting after her parents.
Drena was also actively involved in modeling during her teen years, making her debut in New York Fashion Week. Her modeling skills saw her work alongside Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Paul Gaultier.
Drena was the brand’s face when Emporio Armani, a Giorgio Armani product for young people, was launched. She also incorporated her DJing skills to coordinate the music for promotional shows and events.
But acting was her passion and she soon launched her film career, making her movie debut. “Grace of My Heart”1996. In 1996, she was cast in the film “The Last of Us”. “Great Expectations.”
Other notable films she has directed include “Hands of Stone,” “Cindy in Joy,” ” A Star is Born,”The mini-series ” When They See Us.”She is an actress but she is also a producer and owns her own production company. “Daredevil Films and Television.”
Drena is proud to hold another title, aside from her success as a model, DJ, producer and actress. Leo is her son’s mother.
Drena and her dad are, quite enviably, as close to their daughter as can be. To show his love for Drena, De Niro purchased Drena a penthouse apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, costing 2.85 million dollars.
Raphael De Niro is Abbott’s and De Niro’s only biological child. He was born in 1976 and began his acting career at an early age. His legendary father, actor and director, was also an actor. “Raging Bull” “Awakenings.”
However, his career in acting went only as far as his childhood did, and once he hit adulthood, his career drastically changed. He was a real estate broker, and he founded De Niro Team in New York. This is a highly-respected sales team in the U.S.
Raphael has had the privilege of working with some big names in the real estate industry, like Kelly Rippa or Jon Bon Jovi in his career. In his first six years of real estate, he was one of the top ten salespeople at Douglas Elliman.
De Niro made headlines for listing New York City’s most costly property in 2015. It was a collection of townhouses for 120 million dollars. Raphael is also a father to his three kids through his marriage to Claudine DeMatos.
Apart from his kids with Abbott, De Niro is also a father to twins Julian and Aaron through his marriage to Toukie Smith. Their lives are private and they don’t speak much about themselves.
Elliott is De Niro’s fourth babyHe shared it with Grace Hightower in 1997. Hellen, their second child, was born via surrogate in 2011.