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Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father
By SP_COP on May 30, 2014 | From www.telegraph.co.uk
Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father for the first time in a new documentary, saying he wished he "we had spoken it about much more" before his father's death.

The 70-year-old Oscar-winner appears in a few film about Robert De Niro Sr, a painter who left his wife after realising he was gay.

In Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr, the actor becomes emotional as he reads passages from his father's diary, recounting how he struggled with his sexuality in the 1940s.

Asked by Out, a gay lifestyle magazine, if he felt he was "coming out" on behalf of his father, De Niro replied: "I felt I had to. I felt obligated. It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him."

He said he was "not aware, much" of his father's homosexuality growing up but "I wish we had spoken about it much more."

Robert De Niro Sr was an abstract painter who enjoyed early success in the 1940s alongside artistic peers like Jackson Pollock.

He left De Niro's mother, Virginia Admiral, in 1943 after less than two years of marriage and shortly after the birth of their son.

Although De Niro Sr enjoyed some critical success he largely faded from view and spent his final years in sickness and poverty in Paris before his death in 1993.

His son has preserved the New York studio untouched since his death and it features in the new documentary, which airs June 9.

"I like things that don’t change. I like consistency," De Niro said, explaining the decision to leave the valuable real estate in SoHo as it was....
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