The man known as De Niro was born in Greenwich Village, New York City although his ancestry includes (most of what is known today as Western Europe) Italian, Irish, English, German, French, and Dutch. Artistry is a natural gift for this man as it runs in the family; the son of a painter and poet, and an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor on his paternal side, it didn’t take him too long to find his calling.
After a series of small movie roles, he shot to limelight in the 1974 release of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II, playing the young Vito Corleone. The director had remembered his previous auditions for the roles of Sonny Corleone, Michael Corleone, Carlo Rizzi and Paulie Gatto, in The Godfather.
This outstanding performance earned him his first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor. He became the first actor to win an Academy Award speaking mainly a foreign language, in this case, multiple Sicilian dialects (although he delivered a few lines in English).
De Niro has been featured in over 88 movies and has directed over 31 movies to date, this is in addition to several award nominations and wins:
- Won: Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II (1974)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Taxi Driver (1976)
- Nominated: Best Actor, The Deer Hunter (1978)
- Won: Best Actor, Raging Bull (1980)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Awakenings (1990)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Cape Fear (1991)
- Nominated: Best Newcomer, The Godfather Part II (1976)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Taxi Driver (1977)
- Nominated: Best Actor, The Deer Hunter (1979)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Raging Bull (1982)
- Nominated: Best Actor, The King of Comedy (1984)
- Nominated: Best Actor, Goodfellas (1990)
To state that he’s had a successful career in Hollywood is an understatement. He’s one of the most respected actors in our era. His passion for the arts led him to co-found the film studio TriBeCa Productions and the popular Tribeca Film Festival.
He is also known as a very successful business man who has co-founded three of America’s most successful restaurants. While other Hollywood elites have ventured into the hospitality industry and failed, De Niro continues to thrive. His ventures include New York’s Nobu and TriBeCa Grill, which he co-owns with a developer Paul Wallace and Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane. In addition, he owns Ocanda Verde a restaurant inside of Tribeca’s Greenwich Hotel 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 a yet unnamed restaurant in Manhattan under his Tribeca trademark.
The man is a genius in the hospitality industry, his business sense is one to emulated.
De Niro’s career and accomplishments are too many to list. However, one of his recent project is the support of an initiative called A Logo for Human Rights. The project’s goal is to create an internationally recognized logo to support the global human rights movement.
Not only is De Niro a veteran actor, director, producer, political activist and humanitarian, he is also KolorBlind. De Niro has been married to actress Grace Hightower for 15 years. Although the relationship suffered a few setbacks and almost collapsed, they were able to rekindle their love.
The De Niros have a total of six (6) children between them. De Niro is father of four (4) children (Drena, Raphael who are pictured above and biracial twins Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrik with former model Toukie Smith). With Hightower he has two children Elliott and Helen Grace.
De Niro is a great example of a caring and nurturing father, wonderful husband, and is a role model for the KolorBlind family. Thank you for all you’ve done, all you continue to do and the legacy that will outlive you.
Wishing you peace, health, and continued success in everything you do.
- Restaurant Spotlight: New York’s Nobu, Tribeca Grill & Locanda Verde (kolorblindmag.com)
- The Good Robert De Niro–Netflix (virginauthor.wordpress.com)
- Happy Birthday, Robert De Niro!!! (kidzrockinc.co)