At 79, Robert De Niro becomes one of world’s oldest celebrity dads

With Robert De Niro announcing this week that he’s welcomed his seventh child at age 79, the Academy Award-winning movie star has become one of the oldest male celebrities to ever take advantage of a biological fact: Men produce sperm until they die.

Certainly, 79 sounds like an advanced age to be tasked with constantly changing diapers or walking a fussy newborn around in the middle of the night. Wouldn’t he rather just go on a cruise? Of course, it’s entirely possible that his much-younger partner Tiffany Chen, or a nanny, will handle those parenting duties.

Actually, the “Raging Bull” actor already has experience with advanced paternal age. He was 68 in 2011 when he and his ex-wife, Grace Hightower, welcomed their daughter, Helen Grace, via surrogate.

Still, if he’s looking for emotional support as he embarks on this awesome but exhausting new responsibility, he could form a dad’s group with some other well-known older fathers, including Mick Jagger, Steve Martin and fellow New Yorker Alec Baldwin, who, at 65, has seven children under the age of 9. De Niro can also take heart in the fact that some rich and famous men became fathers past the age of 79. Then again, some of these men sadly didn’t get to spend much time with their new children.

Mick Jagger sings “Let’s Spend the Night Together” during the Rolling Stones concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Here is a list of some famous older dads, and the ages at which they welcomed their children.

Julio Iglesias Sr., the Spanish gynecologist father of singer Julio Iglesias and grandfather of singers Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias Jr. was 90 in 2004 when his second wife, Ronna Keith, gave birth to his third child, a boy named Jaime. His fourth child, Ruth, was born in 2006, seven months after he died.

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow was 84 in 2000 when his fifth wife, Janis Freedman, gave birth to his fourth child and first daughter. Bellow died in 2005.

Anthony Quinn, the Academy Award-winning “Zorba the Greek” star, was 81 when his secretary and girlfriend Katherine Benvin gave birth to the youngest of his 12 children in 1996. Quinn died five years later.

Tony Randall, left, and Jack Klugman play a scene in the ABC comedy television series "The Odd Couple" which premiered in 1970. (AP Photo/ABC Photo Archive)
Tony Randall, left, and Jack Klugman play a scene in the ABC comedy television series “The Odd Couple” which premiered in 1970. (AP Photo/ABC Photo Archive) 

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