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.
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.
star trek by James Doohan third wife, Wende Braunberger – whom he married when he was 54 and she was 18 – gave birth to his youngest child, a girl, in 2000 when he was around 80. Sadly, the actor, famous for playing chief engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on “Star Trek,” was in poor health in his later years and retired from public life in 2004, due Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, reported the BBC. He died in 2005.
Tony Randallstar of the television series “The Odd Couple”, was 78 when he and his second wife, Heather Harlan, welcomed their second child, a boy, in 1998. Randall was 75 and Harlan was 25 when they married in a ceremony presided over by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Randall died in 2004.
As with other famous older dads, two Rolling Stones members continued to have children in their 60s and 60s, Parents magazine reported. Mick Jagger79, welcomed her eighth child – a son, with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick – at the age of 73 in 2016. Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally Humphreys, 31 years his junior, welcomed twin girls in May 2016, just two days before he was born. 69th anniversary.
Other famous men with children in their 60s include Clint Eastwood, was 66 when his second wife, former TV presenter Dina Ruiz, gave birth to his youngest child, Morgan, in 1996.
Creator of “Star Wars” george lucas was 69 when he and his wife Mellody Hobson welcomed their daughter, Everest, in 2014. In 2012 and at the age 67, Steve Martin became a father for the first time with his wife Anne Stringfield, while the singer Billy Joel was 68, when his fourth wife, Alexis, welcomed their second daughter in 2017.
Probably the most famous elderly procreator in the celebrity world these days is Alec Baldwin, 65, who has a total of eight children, starting with his 27-year-old daughter Ireland, from his marriage to his first wife Kim Basinger. At 55 in 2013, Baldwin welcomed the first of seven children with his second wife, influencer and yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin. The children, known as Baldwin’s “Baldwinitos”, range in age from 7 months to 9 years old.
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