Robert De Niro and his late father may not have been very close, but he tells ‘Out’ magazine that he felt it was his ‘responsibility’ to make a documentary about his dad being openly gay. What a wonderful way to pay tribute!
Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father, Robert De Niro Sr., in an new documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr., which premieres on HBO on June 9. In the new doc, Robert reveals that even though he was largely estranged from his father, they had a very unique and powerful “connection.” Check it out!
Robert De Niro’s Gay Father: Actor Gets Emotional About Late Dad In Documentary
Robert’s father was an openly gay man who divorced Robert’s mother when he was just a little boy. Robert grew up living with his mother so he and his father were never very close.
However, Robert reveals to Out magazine, “We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise. But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced … But my father wasn’t a bad father, or absent. He was absent in some ways. He was very loving. He adored me … as I do my kids.”
Robert’s father may not have always been present in his life, but it sounds like he still had an overwhelming influence on the legendary actor.
Robert decided to pay tribute to his dad with this documentary, in part for the sake of his own children, and we think it’s a pretty amazing way to honor Robert Sr.
Robert De Niro’s Mom & Dad Gave Him The Courage & Determination To Succeed
Robert De Niro has been on the big screen for more than 40 years. He has been nominated for an Oscar seven times and won twice and he continues to exceed our expectations!
Robert told Out about how his parents gave him the drive to succeed, saying, “When I was young, I wasn’t afraid of being told ‘No.’ I tell my kids, I tell everyone, ‘If you don’t go, you never know.’ I didn’t take it as rejection. Certain things are stacked against you. You’re coming out of nowhere, starting out — that’s part of the excitement of it in a way, too.”
So HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think of Robert’s new documentary? Will you watch it? Let us know!
— Sammi Errico