Meet Robert De Niro’s Son Julian Henry De Niro; His Bio

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 9, 2024 | Updated on: February 9, 2024
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Julian Henry De Niro is the son of legendary Hollywood actor Robert De Niro. Like his father, his mom Toukie Smith is also an actress. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Julian has also stepped into the acting world and has a couple of acting credits to his name.

Here, we will explore Julian’s professional life alongside his personal matters including his relationships, parents, siblings, and much more.

Key Takeaways

  • Julian Henry De Niro is an emerging actor known for his role as Young Barack Obama in the 2022 series The First Lady.
  • He is the son of an American actor Robert De Niro and an actress Toukie Smith.
  • Julian was born twin along with his twin brother Aaron.

Was Born Twin; Who Is His Twin Brother?

Julian was born twin alongside his twin brother Aaron Kendrick De Niro on October 20, 1995, in Los Angeles, California, the United States, and raised together in New York. Unlike him, his brother Aaron has an incredibly private life so, information about his personal and professional is hardly available.

Julian was born twin
Little Julian with his twin brother

But, it’s known that Julian and his bro Aaron were conceived through In-Vitro fertilization and birthed through surrogacy. Both the twins are now 28 years old and leading their lives on their own.

His Educational Background And Ethnicity

Julian attended New York University and majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. He also completed his master’s in Computer science at NYU Courant. Before, the emerging actor earned his undergraduate degree in Drama from NYU Tisch School of Arts and also attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Now, talking about his ethnic background, De Niro is biracial. He has an African-American ancestry from his mom’s side and is of Italian, Irish, German, Dutch, English, French Huguenots, and Scottish descent from his dad’s.

Parents Were Together For 8 Years But Never Married

His parents Robert and Toukie started dating each other in 1988. It’s unknown how their love story started since both of them always kept their personal matter out of media access. In 1990, when Toukie was asked to talk a bit about her association with Amsterdam actors, she said,

“What’s great about a private life is it’s private,”

Julian's parents were never married
Julian Henry’s parents Robert and Toukie

The now ex-couple is reported to have on-and-off relationships before they welcomed their twins in 1995. In the year 1996, they announced their split sharing joint custody of their two sons.

Julian De Niro’s Mother Is A Notable Actress And Model

Being a multiple award-winning actor, Julian’s father Robert De Niro no longer needs an introduction. May not be that successful but like his dad, his mother Toukie Smith has also earned decent fame as an actress and model.

Born Doris A. Smith, De Niro’s mom began her career as a model in 1972. She later worked for several brands and was also featured in renowned magazines including Vogue and ELLE.

Further, Smith became the second black model to have a mannequin designed and was also named Bloomingdale’s Model of the Year in 1978. She has acted in some series and movies including NBC sitcom 227.

De Niro’s Has Five Half-Siblings From His Father’s Other Relationships

From his dad’s first marriage, he has an elder brother Raphel De Niro and an elder sister Drena De Niro (Robert’s adopted daughter).

Further, Julian has an autistic brother Elliot De Niro, and a sister Helen Grace De Niro from his father’s second marriage with a socialite Grace Hightower. Recently in April 2023, his dad welcomed his youngest child, a baby girl Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro from his relationship with his girlfriend Tiffany Chen.

Portrays Minor But Influential Role In The Movies

So far, Julian has only two acting credits to his name. However, he has succeeded in garnering hype in the industry. How so?

Well, the star kid managed to make his big screen debut in the movie In Dubious Battle alongside A-lister actors like Robert Duvall and Selena Gomez. Although he played a small role of Billy in the 2015 film based on the 1963 novel In Dubious Battle, he became able to leave his mark on audiences.

Further, in 2022, he again bagged the influential role of young Barack Obama in the series The First Lady. He just appeared in one episode of the series but his performances gained quite a good response from critics.

He Is Also A Theatre Artist

As per IMDb, Julian has been a play artist as well. He has acted in Lorraine Hansberry’s play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window which was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – Harvey Theater.

In addition to that, he is likewise into writing. His co-written article entitled What The World Wants was published in The Washington Post in December 2018.

Is Married To His Wife Or Dating A Girlfriend? 

As far as the media is informed, Julian is neither married nor in a relationship with a girlfriend at present. His low-key life has blocked all the details about his personal life from coming out in the media.

Though the budding actor is active on Instagram, he hasn’t shared any posts that give clues on his romantic life.

Julian’s Instagram Displays His Love For Traveling 

Robert De Niro’s son Julian absolutely loves to travel the world. His official Instagram account which has 1,097 followers with just four posts only includes his traveling pictures. Based on his Insta post, Julian has traveled from Egypt to the Arctic region from 2021 to 2022 with his bunches of friends.

Robert’s Son Picture Is Often Mistaken For The Model Julian Henry

There seems to be a massive confusion regarding Julian’s picture. Most of the online portals have mixed up the picture of Robert De Niro’s son and the model for Direction USA, Julian Henry.

Julian's picture is often mistaken for a different model with same name
Robert’s son Julian on the right frame and model Julian on the left

But if you go through the model Julian’s Instagram which goes by the username @jjulianhenry, it will be clear that he is a different person.

Net Worth

He is reported to have a net worth of $1 million and is expected to increase his fortune in the coming years. Meanwhile, his actor father Robert has an estimated net amount of $500 million in 2024.