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De Niro opens up about his gay father

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Robert De Niro has produced a new documentary about his father, an artist

Robert De Niro Sr. was gay and private about his sexuality

De Niro honors his father broadly, shows off his studio, reads from his diaries

"You can't hide anything," says the actor

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Robert De Niro says it was his “responsibility” to make a documentary about his father, artist Robert De Niro Sr., he told Out magazine in an interview.

De Niro’s father was a gay man who divorced De Niro’s mother when the actor was a child. The elder De Niro is the subject of a new documentary, “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” which premieres on HBO June 9. (HBO, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.)

In a chat with Out, De Niro says that though he and his father weren’t close