How Is Julian Henry De Niro’s Life As Robert De Niro’s Son? Details Here

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How Is Julian Henry De Niro’s Life As Robert De Niro’s Son? Details Here
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Julian Henry De Niro is one of the famous star kids who has been in the limelight since his birth as the son of the legendary actor Robert De Niro. His father has worked in a number of hit Hollywood movies and also won numerous prestigious accolades including two Academy Awards. Robert rose to fame after his role in Taxi Driver (1976), starring Jodie Foster.

While Robert is one of the most known figures worldwide, many of you might be unknown of Julian who has kept his life totally out of the public eye.

Well, here we will try to find out every interesting fact you should know about Julian that includes his parents’ relationship, mother, and many more.

Julian Henry De Niro is the son of Robert De Niro: Who is his mother?

He was born in 1995 along with his twin brother Aaron Kendrick De Niro. Robert’s long-time partner and their mother Toukie Smith conceived them through surrogacy.

Julian mother Toukie and father Robert De Niro.
Julian Henry De Niro’s dad Robert and mom Toukie.

Talking about his ethnicity, Julian is mixed as his father is of Irish, Italian, Dutch, English, French, and German heritage. And his mother is Afro-American. Robert once talked about his blended family on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He said,

“My children are all half black and I don’t have, even me.”

Julian’s Grandfather Was Gay

He is the grandson of Robert De Niro Sr. and Virginia Admiral. They both were skilled painters. However, the two parted ways when De Niro Sr. came out as gay. At the time, their son Robert was just 2 years old.

On the other side, Julian’s paternal grandfather was a butcher and his grandmother worked at a factory.

Take a look at his parents’ relationship which lasted for around 8-year

Robert began a relationship with Toukie in 1988. They dated for several years before becoming the parents of twin sons in 1995. However, they separated after years of lovey-dovey in 1996. Their split was amicable.

They later shared joint custody of their children. Both Aaron and Julian are now grown-ups.

Julian Henry De Niro Four Half-Siblings

He has an older half-sister Drena De Niro. She is the biological daughter of his step-mom Diahnne Abbott. His father Robert later adopted her. The couple also has a son, Raphael De Niro, born in 1976.

Julian Henry De Niro with his brothers and father.
Julian with his father, step-mom, and siblings.
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He also has two younger half-siblings from his father’s second marriage with the actress Grace Hightower. The couple welcomed their son, Elliot De Niro in March 1998. And their daughter Helen Grace De Niro was born through surrogacy in December 2011. Robert was 68 years old at the time of his fifth child’s birth.

Father Robert De Niro Tow Failed Marriages

He first tied the knot with Diahnne Abbott in 1976. Nonetheless, their relationship dissolved in divorce after around 12 years of marriage in 1988. He went on to marry actress Grace Hightower in 1997. The couple first met while Grace was working as a hostess at the restaurant Mr. Chow back in 1987.

After they married in 1997, their relationship soon hit the rocks and they went on their separate ways in 1999. But the couple’s divorce was never finalized and the two eventually renewed their vows in 2004.

Despite reuniting, they again separated in November 2018. Their highly-publicized divorce proceeding is yet to come to an end.

Robert was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2003. He underwent successful surgery in December of the year.

Julian is a Proud Uncle of Four

He has four nephews; one from his oldest half-sibling Drena and three from his second-oldest half-brother Raphael. They are super close to each other.

Julian Henry De Niro Career

The celebrity kid remains out of the public eye. He rarely makes appearances in public. He once appeared with his father Robert at the President’s residence in Jerusalem, Israel back in June 2013.

Julian Henry De Niro with her papa Robert.
Robert and his twin son Julian at the President’s residence in Jerusalem.
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In Jan 2020, when the interviewer asked Robert if his children feel pressured to follow in his footprints. He told they should follow their interest rather than only the acting. Robert said,

“For my kids, I tell them, ‘If you want to be an actor or you want to do this or that, that’s fine as long as you’re happy.”

He continued,

“Just don’t sell yourself short. That’s the most I would say — push yourself a little more and reach for what you really think it is you want to do. Don’t be afraid.”

Net Worth of Julian Henry De Niro

His net worth is still under review. While talking about his popular father Robert’s net worth, he has $500 million net worth. He has earned this tremendous amount from his successful film career.

In 2020, the actor played in the comedy Little Fockers and was paid $20 million from the project. He has also worked in many other hit Hollywood movies such as Bang the Drum Slowly, Raging Bull, and more. His role in the latter won him a second Academy Award. He took his first Oscar glory to home for his breakthrough performance in The Godfather Part II in 1974.

De Niro lives in a 2,222-square-foot mansion nestled in Gardiner, New York at present. He purchased the six bedrooms and seven bathrooms house for $1.5 million in 1997.

Is Julian Henry De Niro Dating Anyone?

Henry De Niro is not in any kind of relationship at present. He has kept all of his personal details strictly private. He prefers to stay out of the spotlight.

Talking about his social media presence, the 27-year-old Julian isn’t active on any platform.


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