Robert Anthony De Niro, Jr, was born in New York City on August 17th 1943. His mother, Virginia Admiral, was a cerebral painter who made a name for herself in the 1940s and ’50s New York art scene while his father, Robert De Niro Sr., was a painter, sculptor and poet whose work received high critical acclaim throughout the New York art circle. They were known as the “golden couple” throughout this time but alas parted ways in 1945 when Robert was just 2 years old. This didn’t seem to have an overall damaging effect on the young De Niro, though, as he developed a love for movies while spending time with his estranged father. He was especially taken with the films of Greta Garbo and by the age of 10 he made his own foray into the world of acting, in his stage debut as the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”.