Robert De Niro's Childhood Photos | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY | New York City, 1944 De Niro's parents, Victoria Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr., separated when he was 2, and his mom raised him. Years later he found out his father was gay. "My mother sort of intimated [it], but he would never say, 'Son, I want you to know . . .' That only happens in the movies. He was private."