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 Huguenot

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. He is married to actress Grace Hightower, with whom he has two children. He also has two children with his former partner, actress and model Toukie Smith, and two children with his former wife, actress Diahnne Abbott, including his stepdaughter, actress Drena De Niro, whom Robert legally adopted.

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 Huguenot, 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 Ferrazzano, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy. 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). Helen was born in New York. 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/Admiraal (the son of Nicholas Klaas Admiraal and Virginia Moseby Holton). Donald was born in Illinois or Indiana. 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/Mosby Holton and Lucy Ann Dupuy. She was from a family that had lived in the U.S. for many generations, and had English, French Huguenot, Irish, German, and Dutch ancestry. Lucy’s sister, Eliza Ann Dupuy (also known as Annie Young), was a novelist and short story writer.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Alice Caroline Groman (the daughter of Gustave “August” Groman and Gesina Marie Beckmann). Alice was born in Iowa. Gustave and Gesina were 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 –

Pictures of Robert’s parents –

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

Genealogy of Robert’s father –

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

Video about the family of Robert’s paternal grandfather, Henry Martin De Niro –

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

Genealogy of Robert’s mother –

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal grandfather, Donald Admiral/Admiraal (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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

Biography of Robert’s maternal great-great-great-aunt, Eliza Ann Dupuy (Annie Young) –

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


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neiltennant June 16, 2018 at 8:55 am


my idol

andrew August 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Genealogy of Robert’s maternal grandfather:

Lucy Ann Dupuy’s sister, Eliza Ann Dupuy (also known as Annie Young), was a novelist and short-story writer:

The Dupuy (or Dupree) were Huguenots

andrew August 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Robert’s paternal grandfather was born in Ferrazzano, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy. In this video (at 1:23) they show a 1864 official birth record of (likely) his great-grandfather, Robert’s registration to Ferrazzano’s voters and his grandfather’s home

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.

neiltennant June 16, 2018 at 8:54 am

yes he looks just italian

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…

The Realist September 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

He’s not “racialymixed”

There are different groups of caucasians in Europe.

It’s the same in asia and africa too! BUT Let’s say a Greek and a hmm… German make a baby, that baby is still a pure caucasian baby. All caucasians got the same skulls, bonestructure and other stuff just as all africans got the same in africa, doesn’t matter is it’s a nigerian or kenyan, they share everything, the negroid skulls are the same and the asiatic skull and bonestructure is the same all over asia.

For example, a Greek and a German make a baby that baby will be half Greek half German.

If a Asian/Mongolid mix with a negroid that baby won’t be asian nor will it be african. It will be a mullato or whatever the name is. It wont blong to no race.

noone September 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

its stupid to single out Italian guys as loving Black women. there are 5 million Blacks with Irish last names and a great number of them come from interracial marriages or sexual relations between an Irishwoman and a Black man centuries ago. Furthermore, there are more Black with English last names than Irish and most women who date or have sexual relations with Blacks today are Irish and English, not Italian. most White men do not have relations with Black women, if anything, if they marry outside of their race, its usually with Asians or Hispanics.

mdd September 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

actually the majority of interracial relationships between whites and blacks were between white men and black women. the high percentage of interracial relations between black men and non black women is quite new in society and was like a death sentence for black men back then. don’t confuse modern day interracial relationships with a black man being with white women as the norm centuries ago.

Pse August 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm


Jasmine June 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I think Robert should learn more about his other nationalities and embrace them all. I know it’s hard since he’s so diverse racially BUT it’d be a positive thing. I would love to see him play in more racially versatile roles. I know he’s more comfortable playing in Italian roles and he pulls it off beautifully but I think it’d be refreshing to see him play a dutch man,or German one. It’d be so new to us since we’re so used of seeing him play a Italian that it’d really take us back by storm.

vinny casali August 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

no hes not racially diverse. dutch english french german irish and italian are all part of the white race.

KimJ August 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

He is racially diverse. You are clearly ignorant as to what “white” means. On government forms anyone that is from Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa must check the “white” box as their race. European cultures are different races with different languages, customs, traditional clothes, food, etc. At least everyone knows that you are in fact racist….

Justin Bieber August 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

NO retard, white is only for people of european ancestry, people of north africa are called arabs and it doesn’t matter if some of the arabs have light skin color,if they are not from europe they are NOT white.

somegirl September 10, 2011 at 1:59 am

Um, people of North Arfica are North Africans, not Arabs. Arabs are people from Saudi Arabia. Middle Easterns, such as Syrians and Lebanese speak Arabic as a language! Persians don’t even refer to themselves as Arabs, they don’t even speak Arabic! What people tend to do is blindly group all these countries because they follow Islamic LAws and are Muslims. Middle East is a term that describes the region as a whole because of similar culture/traditions. Israel is in the MIddle East, would you refer to them as an Arab???!!! Come on people!!

andrew April 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

he played Irish characters in “Godfellas” and “The good sheperd”

Vito D'42 May 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

he’s Italian!!

Michael Bruno April 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

lol if most people would trace there family back they’d find alot of information on who is who i have family in italy if you go to northern italy they look more german french oh and did i mention italians have blue eyes even blonde hair and are fair skin too lol its funny you all wanna say italians identify as this and that by the way latin is a language not a race so because you are latin you call yourself italian no no wrong centries ago italians spoke there own language check history it was etruscan i might have spelt that wrong sicilians are more darker do to moores norman arab blood so check that too in reality italians wil land have always identify as white (Caucasian) its the younger generation who are mixed and think italians are black or latin get it right people there not now i can see if your italian and black or italian and latino they yea your half of eachother white and latin but then again latins i see for the most part look white to me the ones from say brazil argentina and spain is also a european country spanish people are whit just because you speak spanish does not mean you are spanish mexicans are more native then spanish anyways when you read online i say take it with a grain of salt dont believe everything you read last but not least i think in reality everyone outta be treated the same if your caucasian black asian chinese whatever your all gods children enough said (CIAO)

rafael June 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

michael italians are latin with your last name its a shame that you dont know about your own background

Michael June 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

Wrong Rafael Latin Is A Language Not A Race Do Your History And Im Very Well Of My Ancestry Traced Mine Back To The Early 1500’S lol And Went to School And Became A Genealogist And Have Been For The Last 15 Years I’m Sorry With A Name Like Rafael Thats Spanish Isent It Witch Would Be A Latin Name And For All Who Think The Blacks Invaded Sicily well According To New Study’s They Only Left About 5% Of The Genes On Sicilians. Normans And Arabs And Greeks Settled What Is Known As Sicilia Big Diffrence Between Northern And Southerns And Remember Sicilians Arnt Italian Duh This Is Why They Call Them Sicilians Not Italian Fyi Rafael I Also Have Spanish Ancestors From Galicia And Castilian Bet You Didnt Know That Irish People And Spanish PeopleShare The Same DNA According To New Studys The Irish Are Orig From Spain Check It Out For Yourself Try Reading ThIS!

Fuzzybear June 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

To Michael

No offense,but if they left 5%,then that means they were in Sicily,and not to long ago if it’s still 5%.Now I assuming this is the avg Sicilian tested?This fits right into Europe’s avg black blood % of 3-8,with some places being reported as high as 20%.I know this is going to tick some of you off,so if you respond be polite

noone September 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

these reports were written by known anti Italian racists, the real studies showed these Italians that had Black ancestry were not “Italian” but “Italian citizens” and only a minute number of italy’s inhabitants displayed these exception(results of ancient rapes of Italian inhabitants by Middle and Near Easterners who mixed with the mulatto berber population. these genes actually were higher in the English and Northern Italy than Southern Italy(including Sicily), proving that Southern Italians were more patriotic in resisting integration with non whites than northern regions. It is a widely held belief by anthropologists that the first Italians were the Siculians, Sicanian and Elmyrians of Sicily who fought against Greek colonization for 10 years before succumbing to them eventually.

rafael June 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

michael, everyone that speaks a latin language,evolved from rome,thats makes us all the same people,because we have the same origin,as for the irish and the spanish i did know that, the black irish term comes from dark haired irish with spanish blood

Del October 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Why does it matter so much italians sicilians are white PERIOD. WHAT ARE YOU GETTIN AT?

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

sicilians are the original italians, its only because of the mafia did the mainland try to distinguish the sicilians from the rest of italy. now mainland italy has more mobsters than sicily ever had. ha ha

Delnegro August 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

There u go talk shyt again just shut the fuck up

ana September 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

you are spot on, im italian too my fathers side was blonde blue eyed, my mothers side is red headed

aussie March 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

de niro is half australian. and half italian!

Del October 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm


John Juliani February 23, 2011 at 5:03 am

He said before 3 days in Sanremo festival in Italy that he has a ALBANIAN and ITALIAN blood.

noone September 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

he is Arberesh so he is nominally Italian and his lifestyle is not typical of Italian Americans nor Italians anywhere for that matter. he is considered a great actor among the Italian community but at the same time and oddball.

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

who cares what he says anymore

Albanese February 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

It will be sad that a figure like De Niro could step on his genetic albanian origin!!! But again if someone does not want some part of his background that does not change his genetic mixture.
I hope he clarify this issue for him self and for the world. Since the Sanremo, I see that someone took out from De niro jr. and De Niro Sr. the word Albanian in their Wikipedia info. So sad to be so Racial!!
You can see the Albanian genetic features engraved on De Niro’s face very clear. For me is not hard to read that but for the World?

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

clearly we must rely on deniro for genealogy because he is an accomplished historian. he doesnt even know what the hell he is and is more confused about his own heritage than Tiger Woods

Kimi February 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think he is partially Albanian

Svensson February 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

I Have hear then he have and albanian origin from italy…
Italian-Albanian and Irish descent, and his mother was of English, German, French, and Dutch ancestry….

Cali US December 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Bianca Beauty,

What does an “Italian” look like exactly? Many people in the states are very ignorant and think that one has to have dark hair, eyes and skin in order to qualify as an Italian, or any other Latin for that matter.

This is completely false and it’s unfortunate that the film industry plays this up. There are MANY fair haired, light eyes and skinned Latins!

Redheads too!!

Jasmine June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You’re an idiot! You are the ignorant one I’ve seen plenty of ITALIANS up close,and personal and yes I know not all Italians look the same but here in the states most Italians really are more tan & have darker hair. How the hell are you going to tell me what I don’t see with my own eyes? How are you going to call me ignorant for coming into contact with a variety of tan italians with darker hair? This is a politically incorrect statement but it’s still TRUE. I worked with a Italian guy and said “You’re italian aren’t you?”and he responded yes. Now I also knew a white italian that had brown hair and was fair skinned I’m not saying all italians look the same,and that if they don’t have dark hair,or tanned skin they don’t qualify as Italian BUT most of them do live up to the stereotype looks wise.

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

dont ingratiate yourself with your fellow Irish and Anglo Americans who think they are the cat’s meow because they are fair-skinned. lot of chinese are fair skinned but they are of a different race. furthermore, the ancestors of the English also included non-white peoples such as the greenlanders(eskimos0 and laplanders who originate deep into asia when the sea levels were low and exposed islets between the British Isles, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland. to the Romans and all other indigenous peoples to Italy, people with fair skin and blue eyes were so unusual that the Romans brought them from their military campaigns near the Danube to show case them to the Roman public. Northern Italians are more ethnically mixed then central and southern Italians and therefore most have no distinct features attributable to being distinctly Italians. Southern Italians had much less mobility due to the fact it is surrounded by sea on 3 sides and therefore not landlocked like the regions in northern italy who had more opportunity to mix with other ethnic groups and nationalities.

Del October 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Italians are originally lightskinned espsecially southern italians because they were strict about interracialing with non whites. And alot of the ones on Tv tan 2 much. And most italians in america have green hazelor blue eyes and dark hair because the majority of them live up north and that effects european hair ,: sun exposure

Anonymous November 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

Who wouldn’t want to identify with the Italian culture more? its a grand culture, Heck Greece & Italy practicaly invented the entire western culture in Europe, even shit like Opera comes from Italy.

Compared to those two nations, The dutch, Irish, & the Germans didn’t do much of anything for the world in comparison.

bernardo francesco January 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

Thank you (grazie). I’m writing from Abruzzo (Italy).
London and Paris were founded by Romans.

I love the wind February 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Ah yes, the glorious ancient Romans who “invented” Western culture. Or, rather, the people who destroyed all the other native cultures of Europe, and erased all traces of them from our history. What a legacy. Looks like they passed it on, too, as that’s been the ideal of colonization for the last two centuries.

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

you dont know what the hell you are talking about, Romans build civilization. your ancestors destroyed civilizations. how do i know this, if you hate the Romans you are descended from the barbarians. they hated the romans too and ushered in the dark ages by undoing the learning and culture that the Romans built up for Europe. Jealous!

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

bravo anonymous, bravo!

Zari November 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

Bianca is correct!

My mother is full Italian, & My father is Italian, Basque, Swedish, i care nothing for the Swedish or Basque heritage and i find Swedish culture to be boring, I indetify with being Italian always. If anyone ask me i say i’m Italian i usualy never even mention the Swedish, Basque heritage unless someone genuinly asks me.

Jac November 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm

oh and to kasie ur right he does love black women @moi why you had to respond to that, mind ur business ehh

Jac November 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm

To the AHEM! response to bianca beauty Are you mad that she feels so strongly about her race btw yeah im black

Bianca-beauty November 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Ive noticed that Italian-Americans treat race just like African-Americans do, i guess thats why us Black women get along with Italian men so much…well thats probably one reason, the other reason is cuz them italians are sexy as hell! if i ever married me a white boy it’d be an italian.

But back to what i was saying, ive noticed that they treat race like us black folk, to most Italian-Americans it doesn’t matter if they are German, Irish or some other white ethnic group they ALWAYS show love to their italian side. They always identify with being Italian and they also have a strong emphasize on Family.

And when it all balls down i guess thats why Italians are really the only white folk who appeal to us minorities the most because they don’t have the same mindset and most of the other American white groups. Love yall italians! keep lookin good, keep comin with the great actors!

Ahem! November 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

LOL, you talk alot of shit. Anyway, De Niro has very little Italian in him.

Bianca-beauty November 26, 2010 at 8:07 am

Did you have some sort of point? Robert De Niro IS Italian, and he identifies with his Italian side more than his other sides, John Travolta is also mixed, So is Frank Sinatra but every single one of them considers themselves Italians because not only are they culturaly closer to their Italian side but they LOOK like the Italian side more than any of them, Robert looks Italian, John looks Italian, Al looks Italian, Frank looks italian. Who are you to take their heritage away from them when its clear that is what they want to be called and associated with? SMH

Matt March 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I’m pretty sure Sinatra was 100% Italian, tho he wasn’t particuarly ethnic looking. Neither is Travolta and hes actually said he identifies more with his Irish roots.

n August 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

false travolta consider himself more italian than any other roots

he played a tony manero italian and not irish in saturday night fever and all the movies on the 80’s was about italian and not irish
also now he will be n the new movie gotti gotti is italian not irish lol

italian are not a race, so they wanna be italian because italy rules super cars fashion arts cuisine motorbikes architecture history sculpture invention music etc etc

go to check his real north italian people on youtube federica fontana ilary blasi giulia montanarini antonella clerici

now tell me if you really know how real italian looks like?

Matt March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

And the reason De Niro identifies with Italian more is because he grew up in Little Italy, around other Italians and most likely the Italian faction of his family. If he grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country for example he’d probably identify with his German roots more, and so on.

n August 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

italian are not a race, so they wanna be italian because italy rules super cars fashion arts cuisine motorbikes architecture history sculpture invention music etc etc

go to check his real north italian people on youtube federica fontana ilary blasi giulia montanarini antonella clerici

now tell me if you really know how real italian looks like?

lol wtf August 4, 2011 at 5:43 am

italian NOT a race? are you people NUTS?? you people are twisting his words! he’s joked about being serbian when he was in serbia “maybe i’m a serb”, and now this? dude he was just saying we (from southern europe) are heavily mixed! that none of us are a “pure” race, no – what “ethnicity” and “culture” is “pure” nowadays. but the guy is not albanian, no genealogist has ever traced his family to albania or found any “albanian roots”! his italian father (who yes is also part IRISH) came from southern italy, but not sicily! he was clearly talking about sicily’s – “the 2 sicily’s” how its been invaded countless times and how the place is heavily mixed. however his family does not even come from sicily. he has a greater chance of being croatian than he does of being albanian lol since his italian family come from MOLISE. thousands of people in that area still speak an old dialect of CROATIAN lol so what does that make him a croat? next thing you know people will start saying pacino is albanian lmao.

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Bianca, one thing you failed to consider, it is not what they think they are it is what Italy considers them to be, in Italy, a person like me who has only italian ancestry going back to pre roman times is considered american because i was not born or raised in italy. by roman standards, those celebrities would not be considered italian because of their foreign blood. its doesnt go by american standards of race or sensibilities. italy created the system of race classification and the vast majority of the world follows italy’s example. thanks, though, for the nice words you said about us italians, at least you have more insight than most americans who are not italian

Amber B September 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

Most Italian Americans dont have any insight of this either! THEY’LL BE QUICK TO SAY THEY ARE ITALIAN NOT AMERICAN! And when black women go to Italy they are loved Im not talkin about american Italians Im talking about real Italians love a woman of color! Because it’s different then what they are use to!

Get Real October 17, 2011 at 3:32 am


I love the wind February 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Since when is 1/4 “very little”? Most people are very mixed these days. A lot of people aren’t more than 1/4 ANYTHING. Like me, for instance. Does that mean that I’m not enough of anything to identify with any of my ancestry?

D. Cotton November 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

And he will hate your family

dirt November 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm


charles September 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

The reports of Robert De Niro being Jewish are premature.

kasie July 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Yeah, De Niro Loves black women….but I like him as and AWESOME ACTOR.

moi September 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

that was a bit random …dont you think?

vinny casali August 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

deniro loves black women. alot of italians do. theres a nickname for white guys that date black women and its a deniro. look it up

Tess June 7, 2010 at 5:21 am

Deniro 100% white but 100% black woman lover. lol. Good for him. His kids are very beautiful too.

lexi June 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Couldn’t agree more.

MySpace Celebrity May 31, 2010 at 4:54 am

Fake Italian…lmao.

Franco May 29, 2010 at 8:16 am

De Niro actually has more Irish in him than Italian.

lexi June 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

You’re right. I saw some profile of him on Reelzchannel. A reporter said that he’s 2/3 Irish (not too sure on that). But yes he is more Irish than Italian. He considered himself more Italian because he grew up with a bunch of them.

Lexie May 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

my hair is brown and red streaks so does that mean that i’m irish

Bombpants May 19, 2010 at 7:20 am

no it just means youre a sexy beast.

ME April 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

For one thing, if you study genetics you will know that it depends on what genes you took from your parents. Just because he is a quarter Italian “technically” doesn’t mean much. He may have received more Italian DNA than he did something else. That’s why he looks Italian! And I’m really sick of people talking about Native American blood! I am technically 1/4 Cherokee but i look mostly Indian. I took most of my DNA from the Indian side. And so what if a celeb doesn’t look native?? Maybe they are proud of their heritage!

Adriana April 20, 2010 at 7:41 am

LOL @ the comment above me

LOL!!!!!!!!! XD XD XD XD

sense April 11, 2010 at 2:06 am

u guys need to go baack to school… if he is from 5 places that makes him 1/5 Italian!!! U guys r such idiots.

Azteca azull March 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Even though he is only a Quarter Italian….Its his Italian roots that seem to shine through the most :)

Erica March 16, 2010 at 12:59 am

Wow, Im Italian and I always thought Deniro was 100% Italian. Its cool though, he’s still a Pisan to me!

YouWishUCouldKNow March 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Sara, don’t you know: Women of color are some of the most exotic, sexy, erotic women that have graced the face of this earth! And not to mention their various skintones, which can range from creamy caramel, warm cocoa, to deep, sensuous dark chocolate. Yum. But, I digress. It seems as if the Italian guys don’t like you too much, and I don’t wonder why. You, my dear, are an idiot.

kira January 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

omfg “sara” your are very ignorant in asking that, you must not kno that thats a BLOODY BAD WORD! I take it you dont speak english?

rockstarrr. January 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm

What kind of dumb question is that?
If he prefers Black women, so be it.
There’s nothing you or anybody else can do about it.

Sara January 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

He is great actor but why he likes black women? does anyone asked him before?

Tess June 7, 2010 at 5:20 am

Because he wants to. Because he can. Because they are hot. Because he does as he please. Does that answer it for you?

fuzzybear June 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

To Sara

Why in the world would someone ask him that stupid question

carol January 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

I think De Niro is great no matter what colour he likes. Awesome actor. Ck
Jan. 13, 2010

Lala January 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Love him!!
He reallys likes women of colour, doesn’t he? More specifically Black woman. Kudos to him.

Wat??? December 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm

LMAO @ jessica

animal_luver October 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

Yeah, check your grammar before you post your comment. You should be ashamed of yourself!

Anonymous October 3, 2009 at 4:57 am
jessica September 12, 2009 at 6:32 am

Native American and proud, go back and get your GED.

Native American and proud February 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Robert Mario De Niro Jr not Italian? What is the world coming to anyway I not mad with him he didn’t say he Native american.

lol wtf August 4, 2011 at 6:56 am

that’s not even his middle name, his middle name in anthony!

noone September 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Italian is not a race, officially and every other which way. white, black and yellow are races. indians, hispanics, native americans are a combo of one or more of the three races. Italian is a nationality, italy has been conquered by people who are closely related to the indigenous Italic peoples of Italy, the only outsider invasions were from the Germanic people, the Visigoths, Lombards Vandals.and in modern times, the Austrians and southern Germans. if you consider Italy mixed, what does that say of the people who the Romans conquered? they have the blood of these so called “mixed” Romans mixed with their own indigenous peoples! Should we call the english, spanish, portuguese, spanish, belgians, southern germans etc.. super bastards! think before you talk. dont single out Italians as being mixed as something of a denigration unless you are willing to disparage all the other ethnic groups of Europe

Get Real October 17, 2011 at 3:29 am


Serpent September 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Michael, Latin is a language base that was derived from Rome. Italians are Latin. It is not a race and has nothing to do with race whatsoever.

Please use punctuation next time, though. Your comments are hard to read without it.

chinkykiki September 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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