Robert De Niro

Actor, Producer, Director
Often regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was also one of the most enigmatic and remained famously tight-lipped about his personal life throughout his career. After gaining attention in ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (164)

Dirty Grandpa 2016 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Bus 657 2015 (Movie)

"The Pope" (Actor)

Guys Choice 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Guest

Joy 2015 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

The Intern 2015 (Movie)

Ben Whitaker (Actor)

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Hands of Stone 2014 (Movie)

Ray Arcel (Actor)

Idol's Eye 2014 (Movie)

Tony Accardo (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Bag Man 2014 (Movie)

Dragna (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1999, 2013 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Killing Season 2013 (Movie)

Benjamin Ford (Actor)

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Paddy (Actor)

Motel 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. 2013 (Movie)

(Interviewee)

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Wedding 2013 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

9/11: 10 Years Later 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Jonathan Flynn (Actor)

Freelancers 2012 (Movie)

Vic Sarcone (Actor)

Red Lights 2012 (Movie)

Simon Silver (Actor)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

Pat Sr. (Actor)

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

30 Rock 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Killer Elite 2011 (Movie)

Hunter (Actor)

Limitless 2011 (Movie)

Carl Van Loon (Actor)

Manuale D'Amore 3 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Stan Harris (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Jack Byrnes (Actor)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Senator McLaughlin (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Stone 2010 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Frank Goode (Actor)

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Turk (Actor)

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Extras 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

Captain Shakespeare (Actor)

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

Voice of The King (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Bill Sullivan (Actor)

Hide & Seek 2005 (Movie)

David Callaway (Actor)

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

The Archbishop of Lima (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Godsend 2004 (Movie)

Richard Wells (Actor)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Jack Byrnes (Actor)

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Don Lino (Actor)

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Paul Vitti (Actor)

City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Detective Vincent LaMarca (Actor)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Mitch Preston (Actor)

The 11th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Eddie Flemming (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 (Movie)

Nick Wells (Actor)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

Jack Byrnes (Actor)

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Billy Sunday (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Fearless Leader (Actor)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Paul Vitti (Actor)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

Walt Koontz (Actor)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Actor for a Day (Actor)

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Prisoner/Lustig (Actor)

Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Moe Tilden (Actor)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

Louis Gara (Actor)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Conrad Brean (Actor)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

Dr Wally (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Father Bobby (Actor)

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

Gil Renard (Actor)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Neil McCauley (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

The Creature/Sharp Featured Man (Actor)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

Lorenzo Anello (Actor)

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie (Actor)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

Dwight (Actor)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Evan M Wright (Actor)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

Harry Fabian (Actor)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

Donald Rimgale (Actor)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Max Cady (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

David Merrill (Actor)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Leonard Lowe (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

James Conway (Actor)

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Stanley and Iris 1990 (Movie)

Stanley Cox (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Joseph 'Megs' Megessey (Actor)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

Jack Walsh (Actor)

Angel Heart 1987 (Movie)

Louis Cyphre (Actor)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

Al Capone (Actor)

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

Captain Rodrigo Mendoza (Actor)

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

Archibald "Harry" Tuttle (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Frank Raftis (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

David "Noodles" Aaronson (Actor)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Rupert Pupkin (Actor)

True Confessions 1981 (Movie)

Des Spellacy (Actor)

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

Jake LaMotta (Actor)

Sam's Song 1978 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

Michael Vronsky (Actor)

1900 1977 (Movie)

Alfredo Berlinghieri (Actor)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

Jimmy Doyle (Actor)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Travis Bickle (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Monroe Stahr (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Vito Corleone (Actor)

Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 (Movie)

Catcher Bruce Pearson (Actor)

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

Johnny Boy (Actor)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Bloody Mama 1970 (Movie)

Lloyd Barker (Actor)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

Jon Rubin (Actor)

Greetings 1968 (Movie)

Jon Rubin (Actor)

The Wedding Party 1966 (Movie)

Cecil (Actor)

Trois Chambres a Manhattan 1965 (Movie)

Bit (Actor)

9/11 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lombardi (Movie)

Vince Lombardi (Actor)

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

The Irishman (Movie)

Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran (Actor)
Producer (27)

About a Boy 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

NYC 22 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stage Beauty 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Entropy 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tribeca 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Holiday Heart (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lombardi (Movie)

(Producer)

The Irishman (Movie)

(Producer)

The Winter of Frankie Machine (Movie)

(Producer)

Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (2)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Often regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was also one of the most enigmatic and remained famously tight-lipped about his personal life throughout his career. After gaining attention in "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), De Niro exploded onto the public's consciousness as the reckless Johnny Boy in "Mean Streets" (1973), which commenced his partnership with Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest actor-director combos of all time. He earned his first Academy Award as a young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" (1974) and delivered his most iconic performance as would-be vigilante Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver" (1976). De Niro offered a haunting turn as a Vietnam veteran in "The Deer Hunter" (1978), before gaining 60 pounds to play boxer Jake La Motta in "Raging Bull" (1980). From there, he delivered great performances in "The King of Comedy" (1983), "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), "The Untouchables" (1987) and "Awakenings" (1990). He reunited with Scorsese for "Goodfellas" (1990) and "Casino" (1995), and starred opposite Al Pacino in "Heat" (1995), but took a surprising turn to comedy in "Analyze This" (1999) and "Meet the Parents" (2000), both commercial hits that opened him up to criticism that he had sold out. Despite calls that he was past his prime, there was never any doubt as to where De Niro stood in the history of acting - he was a towering figure with an amazing body of work unmatched by most actors of any generation.

Relationships

Helen

Daughter
Born via a surrogate in December 2011; mother, Grace Hightower

Diahnne Abbott Actor

Wife
Met on the set of "Taxi Driver" (1976) Married April 28, 1976 Acted together in "The King of Comedy" (1983) Divorced in 1988

Virginia Admiral

Mother
Divorced from De Niro's father when the actor was two years old Died on July 27, 2000

Naomi Campbell Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Aaron De Niro

Son
Born Oct. 20, 1995 via surrogate mother; twin of Julian; mother, Toukie Smith

Elliott De Niro

Son
Born March 18, 1998; mother, Grace Hightower

Julian De Niro

Son
Born Oct. 20, 1995 via surrogate mother; twin of Aaron; mother, Toukie Smith

Drena De Niro Actor

Daughter
Born in 1971; mother, Diahnne Abbott, from her first marriage; adopted by De Niro after he married her mother in 1976

Robert De Niro

Father
Divorced from De Niro's mother when the actor was two years old Died on May 3, 1993

Raphael De Niro Actor

Son
Born in 1976; mother, Diahnne Abbott

Grace Hightower Actor

Wife
Married June 17, 1997 De Niro filed for divorce in August 1999; divorce never finalized They renewed their wedding vows on Nov. 20, 2004

Toukie Smith Actor

Companion
Had a long-term relationship; mother of De Niro's twin sons Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick who were born via a surrogate mother No longer together

Leigh Taylor-Young Actor

Companion
Dated during the filming of "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" in 1971

EDUCATION

Stella Adler Conservatory

New York , New York
Studied there at age 15 and 16

Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

New York , New York
De Niro's mother did proofreading and typing for the co-founder of the workshop

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Began studying there at 18 years-old

PS 41

New York , New York
First stage role at age 10, playing the Cowardly Lion in a production of "The Wizard of Oz"

Milestones

2012

Played the title character's con man father in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

2012

Played the father of Bradley Cooper's character in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"

2012

Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in the drama thriller "Red Lights"

2011

Co-starred with Clive Owen and Jason Statham in the action feature "Killer Elite"

2011

Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2011

Played a business mogul opposite Bradley Cooper in "Limitless"

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

2010

Played a parole officer in the thriller "Stone"

2010

Once again reprised the role of Jack Byrnes for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"

2009

Played a widower who reunites with his children in the drama "Everybody's Fine"

2008

Starred as a fading Hollywood producer in Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened"

2008

Again teamed with Al Pacino as cops on the hunt of a serial killer in "Righteous Kill"

2007

Co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes in the fantasy adventure film "Stardust"

2006

Directed second feature, "The Good Shepherd," loosely based on the life of CIA agent James Angleton; also co-starred in the film with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie

2005

Played a widowed father opposite Dakota Fanning in the thriller "Hide and Seek"

2004

Reprised role of Jack Byrnes in the comedy sequel "Meet the Fockers"

2004

Voiced mob boss Don Lino in the animated feature "Shark Tale"

2002

Reprised role of gangster Paul Vitti in the sequel "Analyze That" opposite Billy Crystal

2002

Played a NYC policeman investigating a murder that hits close to home in "City by the Sea"

2002

Made rare TV appearance as host of the two-hour CBS special "9/11"

2002

Teamed with Eddie Murphy for the comedy "Showtime"

2001

Portrayed a decorated police detective teamed up with a fire department investigator (Ed Burns) in "15 Minutes"

2001

Teamed on screen with Marlon Brando and Edward Norton in the heist thriller "The Score"

2000

Enjoyed box office success as the oddball father in Jay Roach's "Meet the Parents"

2000

Starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Men of Honor"

1999

Played an ultra-conservative, retired security guard who takes singing lessons from his drag queen neighbor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Joel Schumacher's "Flawless"

1999

Portrayed a New York gangland boss suffering from anxiety attacks in Harold Ramis' "Analyze This"

1998

Starred in John Frankenheimer's international thriller "Ronin"

1998

Essayed the small role of prisoner-benefactor in the remake of "Great Expectations"

1997

Played a political fixer who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to stage a nonexistent war in Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"

1997

Cast in a supporting role as NYPD internal affairs special agent Moe Tilden in James Mangold's "Cop Land"

1996

Produced and acted in "Marvin's Room," an adaptation of Scott McPerson's off-Broadway play

1995

First onscreen pairing with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's "Heat"

1995

Reunited again with Scorsese and Pesci for "Casino"

1993

Debut as an executive producer, the anthology TV series "Tribeca" (Fox)

1993

Delivered low key turn as nerdy cop in John McNaughton's "Mad Dog and Glory"; Scorsese served as a producer

1993

Feature directorial debut, "A Bronx Tale" (also acted and produced); fourth film with Pesci

1992

Starred in Winkler's "Night and the City" opposite Jessica Lange

1992

First credit as producer on a film in which he did not act, "Thunderheart"

1991

First film with Winkler as a director, "Guilty By Suspicion"; played a film director confounded by the blacklist

1991

Played the monstrous Max Cady in Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear"; nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award

1990

Earned another Best Actor Oscar nomination as a patient who regains consciousness after three decades in a coma in "Awakenings"

1990

Reteamed with Scorsese and Pesci for "GoodFellas"

1989

Debut as an executive producer, the remake of "We're No Angels"; scripted by Mamet and co-starring Sean Penn

1988

Founded TriBeCa Films with Jane Rosenthal

1988

Matched wits with Charles Grodin in Martin Brest's socko action-comedy "Midnight Run"

1987

Portrayed Al Capone in De Palma's "The Untouchables"; scripted by David Mamet

1986

Made Broadway debut in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"

1984

Joined director Sergio Leone for his mob tale "Once Upon a Time in America"; second film with Pesci

1983

Played world class loser Rupert Pupkin, who kidnaps a famous late-night talk show host (Jerry Lewis) in Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"

1980

Received Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of boxer Jake La Motta in Scorsese's "Raging Bull"; first film with Joe Pesci who played his brother

1978

Starred as Pennsylvania steelworker-turned Green Beret Michael Vronsky in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"; received second Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1977

Re-teamed with Scorsese to portray a musician romancing a band singer (Liza Minnelli) in "New York, New York"; produced by Winkler

1976

Essayed Irving Thalberg-like movie mogul in "The Last Tycoon"; was adapted from the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1976

Re-teamed with Scorsese for "Taxi Driver"; his first solo billing above the title; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1976

Portrayed pampered bourgeois grandson of the tyrannical landowner Burt Lancaster in Bernardo Bertolucci's "1900"

1974

Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as a young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather II"; spoke only eight words in English, rigorously researching and learning the Sicilian dialect which predominates

1973

Delivered the poignant portrayal of a dying catcher in the baseball picture "Bang the Drum Slowly"

1973

First film with director Martin Scorsese, "Mean Streets"; the two had actually been boyhood acquaintances but had not seen each other in 14 years

1970

First collaboration with producer Irwin Winkler, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"

1969

Co-starred with Shelley Winters in "Bloody Mama"

1969

Reprised "Greetings" role for De Palma's "Hi, Mom!"

1969

Made off-Broadway debut in Winters' play "One Night Stand of a Noisy Passenger"

1968

First released feature, De Palma's "Greetings"

1966

Made feature starring debut in Brian De Palma's "The Wedding Party" (shelved until 1969)

1965

Had a walk-on role in Marcel Carne's "Trois Chambre a Manhattan/Three Rooms in Manhattan"

1959

Left school at age 16 to begin studying acting with Stella Adler

1953

Had earliest stage experience, playing the Cowardly Lion in a PS 41 production of "The Wizard of Oz"

Landed bit part on the daytime soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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"After I give an interview I spend all my time trying to explain what I meant. After my first movies I gave interviews, then I thought what's so important about where I went to school and hobbies? What does any of that have to do with acting, with my own head? Nothing." – quoted in Time magazine, 1977

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De Niro, Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola owned the San Francisco restaurant Rubicon. De Niro was also one of the owner-investors – along with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, executive producers of "Cop Land" and "Jackie Brown" (both 1997), actor Christopher Walken and director Ridley Scott – of the Los Angeles restaurant Ago, which served New York-style Italian cuisine.

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"Early Brando seemed to romanticize, but it's really the poetry of the whole being. I don't know about my poetry, but you look at Brando and you're interested. He has a sense of truth in all his instincts and in order to get that truth, it's important not to indicate. People don't indicate when they tell you about their traumas. They don't try to tell you their feelings, they try to hide them. It's important to keep it fresh and simple." – De Niro on Marlon Brando, quoted in BLITZ magazine, 1988

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For many years, De Niro paid child support to a former girlfriend Helena Lissandrello, believing he was the father of her daughter. During a dispute over financial matters, a DNA test proved De Niro was not the child's father.

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In December 2001, De Niro, along with business partner Jane Rosenthal announced the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival, which was first held in lower Manhattan in May 2002.

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Honored with France's Commander of Arts and Letters decoration (from Minister of Culture Jack Lang), De Niro later threatened to return the medal when French authorities questioned him about his alleged involvement with prostitutes: "I love Paris and I love the French, but the judicial system there with the judges having so much power is deplorable. You're guilty until you're proven innocent. This particular judge seemed to be carrying out some sort of witch-hunt. Maybe he thought he was in a movie." – De Niro quoted in The Guardian, Nov. 13, 1998

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De Niro received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Congress of Racial Equality in 1993.

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The actor was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York University in 1996.

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"I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum. You've got to look at the whole studio structure. There's these guys. We call them suits. They have the power to OK a film. They're like your parents, going, 'We have the money.' But at the same time they say to us actors, 'We love you. We can't do without you.' You know, I've been around a long time. I've seen the suits run the asylum. I think I can do it as good or even better. Let me try it. That's why I have TriBeCa." – De Niro quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 8, 1998

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In 2003, De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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"Some people understand what it is to create something special, and others are thinking what they can get out of it." – De Niro to Esquire magazine, January 2011

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