Actor Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father in a new HBO documentary, "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.," which airs June 9.
"We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise," the 70-year-old star told Out magazine's Jerry Portwood ahead of the documentary's June 9 HBO premiere. "But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways."
Of his father's sexuality, he added, "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," he concluded.
Read Out magazine's full interview with De Niro here.