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

As Robert De Niro announced this week that he had welcomed his seventh child at 79, the Oscar-winning movie star has become one of the oldest male celebrities to enjoy a biological fact: men produce sperm until they die.

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

In fact, 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 takes on this daunting but grueling new responsibility, he could form a fathers band with other well-known older dads, 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 from the fact that some rich and famous men have become fathers after the age of 79. Again, some of these men have unfortunately not been able 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., on 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. Her fourth child, Ruth, was born in 2006, seven months after her death.

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.

Antoine Quinn, the Oscar-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 perform 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 perform a scene in the ABC comedy television series ‘The Odd Couple,’ which premiered in 1970. (AP Photo/ABC Photo Archive)

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