Robert De Niro

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

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Place of Birth: Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 17, 1943

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), Irish, German, Dutch, small amounts of English and French

Robert De Niro is an American actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather Part II (1974), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Raging Bull (1980). He is also famous for starring in the films Taxi Driver, Once Upon a Time in America, and Goodfellas, among many others.

Robert is the son of Virginia (Admiral), a painter and poet, and Robert De Niro, an abstract expressionist painter. His stepdaughter is actress Drena De Niro, whom he legally adopted. Robert is married to actress Grace Hightower.

While he has played an Italian-American character in several films, De Niro is of only a quarter Italian ancestry. His father was of half Italian and half Irish descent. His maternal grandfather was of Dutch, as well as English, French, Irish, and German, ancestry, and his maternal grandmother was of German descent.

Robert has become an honorary Italian citizen. He has stated, “I probably identify more with my Italian side than with my other parts”.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Henry Martin De Niro (the son of Giovanni DiNiro and Angiolina Mercurio). Henry was born in Italy. Giovanni and Angiolina were both Italian immigrants. Giovanni was the son of Carmine DiNiro and Francesca Notartomaso. Angiolina was the daughter of Luigi Mercurio and Rosanna/Rose Alaura.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Helen M. O’Reilly (the daughter of Dennis Edward O’Reilly and Mary Burns). Dennis and Mary were both born in New York, both of them to Irish immigrant parents. Dennis was the son of Edward O’Reilly and Margaret. Mary was the daughter of John Burns and Mary.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Donald Admiral (the son of Nicholas Klaas Admiraal and Virginia Moseby Holton). Nicholas was Dutch, born in Schoorl, North Holland, the Netherlands, the son of Jacob Admiraal and Neeltje Bakker. Virginia was the daughter of Nicholas Moseby Holton and Lucy Ann Dupuy, was from a family that had lived in the U.S. for many generations, and had English, French, Irish, German, and Dutch ancestry.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Alice Caroline Groman (the daughter of Gustave “August” Groman and Gesina Marie Beckmann). Gustave and Gesina were both born in Indiana, both of them to German parents. Gesina was the daughter of Harm Christoph Beckmann and Elizabeth Margaretha Fink.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert De Niro –

Genealogy of Robert De Niro (focusing on his father’s side) –

Pictures of Robert’s parents –

Genealogy of Robert’s father –

Robert’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Robert’s mother –

Genealogy of Robert De Niro (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Robert’s maternal grandfather, Donald Admiral, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Robert’s maternal grandmother, Alice Caroline Groman, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


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andrew July 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm
savanna May 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

Irish is listed twice so he is more than 25% Irish

follers May 12, 2016 at 11:26 am

That’s true. But how do you propose to change it?

savanna June 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

“*25% (or more) Irish” and it should be listed before Italian.

Greyface March 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm

he is addicted to black women

andrew November 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm
neiltennant July 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

robert de niros waiting talking italian talking italian :-)

he looks just italian

undashing May 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

He looks very Italian to me.

Capricious May 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm

He was sexy back in the day.

Çun Paluca July 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm
andrew July 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

it’s not really clear what he meant because of the poor translation by the former Clooney’s gf Elisabetta Canalis. Actually his Italian ancestor, named Di Niro, came from a village called Ferrazzano in Centre-South Italy. There are Albanians communities known as Arberesche in South Italy, formed by emigrants who escaped from Ottomans (Turks) and settled in Italy some centuries ago

jewelgalcleveland May 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

If anyone has any suggestions for me on how to locate information on my italian ancestory for myself and my father besides as my father tried this already. I was told by my grandmother and she had a family crest made that hung on her wall in her office/sewing room with the spelling of my Italian last name and her mothers Italian last name. My father stated he is unsure of his grandfathers birthdate that he believes he celebrated on August 15 due to the Feast of the Assumption, and we are unsure of where in NYC he was born. My grandother past away 3 years ago but for the past 2 years of her life her will to live wasn’t there due to my grandfather who didn’t believe in doctors the majority of his life until he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died at 83. My grandparents were married for over 60 years. I have always wanted to travel to Italy to fufill not only my dream but my grandmothers’. She would have been 90 yesterday on mother’s day. I will take any help anyone can offer to help me locate the info. I am trying to get for my family. Thank you very much

andrew May 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

which are the surnames in your tree? I can tell you which region your ancestors come from

ethnic May 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Hi jewel, if you are worried about your privacy, maybe it would be better not to post your family name on here. I would suggest using the websites used on this site that are used to find Celeb ancestry. In particular see the posts done by Follers who cleverly uses obituaries, wedding records and various free ancestry sites in combination to clue together Celeb ancestry.

Tatum February 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm


why is not write that, he is an Arberesh. :/
Ethnic not Italian Ethnic ist Albanian
look here:

Here Arberesh :

You must edit this article from Italian to Albanian or Arberesh.

Labtec February 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Good luck on getting the Italians to admit he’s Albanian. ;)

Tribe June 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

Italian Men are HOT

andrew April 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

he took the Italian citizenship in Rome some years ago

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

He don’t like italian

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

Sorry, I ment “he doesn’t look like italian”

victoria March 26, 2013 at 5:36 am

He does just look at him when he was younger ;)

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:12 am

brown hair and very pale scin (from irish ancestry?)

BTW, his cytizenship is a “celebrity bonus”
Some brazilian or albanian with 1/4 italian blood
would never recieve Italian/EU cytizenship

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

You have a very strange logic, Follers.
You dispute with your own fancy

LOPAC AGREES March 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm


ectag June 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

@Lopac: Here’s a free clue for ya: Italians are white, brain trust.

DK1x March 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Italians are white. Stop listening to Quentin Tarantino’s propaganda movies. Snooki is not Italian. She was adopted by Italian parents. She is Chilean. Kristin Cavallari,Kaley Cuoco,Paris hilton’s mother,John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are all Italian.

andrew March 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

actually the real identity of her biological parents is unknown

Maria January 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Only one quarter Italian.I taught he was just Italian aswell.But he has five other ethnicitys aswell, He just relates more to Italian side that`s ok.

Donnamaria January 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm


nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

He doesn’t look italian at all, and he’s not a good-looking man,
but he’s really talented

TooPrettyNdPaid January 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Im italiaann & apreciae how robert de nirooo recognizee himself more italian !!

Jane November 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

He was EXCELLENT playing “Michael” in “The Deer Hunter”, especially him and Christopher Walken in the russian roulette scene. I read an article on Wikipedia that the guy running the game had a great distaste for Americans and had no problem slapping his face. One guy the casting crew wanted to play the part could not bring himself to slap DeNiro so they got the guy in the scene, also, DeNiro told the director to have the guard slap Walken before his scene[unbeknownst to Walken] so his reaction was genuine…pretty interesting.

Mamacita Italianaa October 29, 2011 at 6:09 am

I thought he was albanian as well! :O

jina October 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

italain is a nationality not a race i’m italain and other things too

non-douche October 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

You’re also a douche. Spell ITALIAN right if you’re ITALIAN as well…

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