His father was an abstract expressionist painter who died in 1993, reported People magazine. (Also read:Robert De Niro still hopeful about The Irishman)
Robert De Niro, 70, honoured his father in the HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr, premiering on June 9.
"He never told me. He was very private about it. He was loving and affectionate. But he wasn't the kind of dad who played baseball. He liked to take me to the movies on 42ndStreet: 'King Kong', 'Beauty and the Beast'," De Niro said.
As the Silver Linings Playbook star looked back on his five decades of acting and his own life as a father, De Niro said he knows the importance of passing along memories. (Also read:When Robert De Niro failed to recognize Christian Bale)
"I want my children to see what their grandfather did and how he lived. It was for the family," he added.