Robert De Niro Is a Proud Father of Six Children From 3 Different Women
Robert De Niro has six mixed-race children from three different women.
The veteran Hollywood actor was married twice, first to Diahnne Abbott and then later to Grace Hightower. Both were actresses and of African-American descent.
Abbott and De Niro, who starred together in the Film “Taxi Driver” in 1976, had a son, Raphael. De Niro also adopted Abbott’s daughter, Drena. The pair separated in 1988.
The actor’s next relationship was with model Toukie Smith, also of African-American descent. They live together without marrying and had twin sons, Aaron and Julian, via in vitro fertilization. Their relationship didn’t last.
In 1997, De Niro married Hightower and they welcomed a son, Elliott, a year later.
The pair filed for divorce in 1999, just two years after their marriage. But the divorce was never finalized. In 2004, they renewed their vows. They also welcomed a daughter, Helen Grace, via surrogate.
De Niro has influenced his two eldest children in their career. Raphael briefly became an actor. He is now a real estate developer. Drena also became an actress.
De Niro’s twins, Aaron and Julian are in their 20's. Elliot has autism, De Niro revealed this in 2016. His youngest child is a daughter named Helen Grace.
It was reported that the actor has separated from Hightower after 20 years of marriage, but neither of them confirmed the rumor.
De Niro began his career at 20, taking small roles in the films ‘The Wedding Party” and “Bloody Mama”. His break out role was as a young Vito Corleone in the Francis Ford Coppola film "The Godfather Part II.” He earned his first Academy Award for this role.
Among his notable movies are the Martin Scorsese film “Raging Bull”, ‘Taxi Driver”, “Godfellas”, “The Deer Huntings”, “Awakening”, and “Silver Linings Playbook.”