Robert De Niro Speaks Up About His Gay Father: VIDEO

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Legendary actor Robert De Niro will be premiering a documentary on HBO that he made covering the life of his father, Robert De Niro, Sr. Of the many details being chronicled, one of the lesser-known facts is that De Niro, Sr. was an out gay man living as a starving artist in SoHo. In an interview with, he speaks about "coming out" for his father and how he felt conflicted about both his passion for artistry and his homosexuality:

Yeah, he probably was [conflicted about his homosexuality], being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate. I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age. Again, for my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realize that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now — and that’s too late. 

De Niro's documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.airs on HBO on June 9th and you can watch the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...