Robert De Niro credits baby boomers with saving his acting career

Actor Robert De Niro knows that his days of playing leading men are over, but that doesn’t really bother him. He knows he can keep working in other types of roles. And he credits the baby boomer generation with keeping him working in those other roles, reports

Why baby boomers? Apparently, because we still like to go to the movies.

“I don’t go to see enough films,” De Niro says. “But I’m told that since baby-boomers will still actually go to see a movie in a theatre – because it’s a communal experience that our generation is used to – there’s now a trend towards making some movies that those people could possibly identify themselves in.”

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

The 70-year-old De Niro has been delighting moviegoers since 1965. Just last year he starred in “Las Vegas” with a group of folks in the same generation, such as Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas. He’s happy to have that “big” role at this time in his life.

“That’s just life. We can’t play certain parts any more. We’re playing the father or the grandfather or the great-grandfather and that can be written in a funny way, so it’s fine. But you’re not carrying the movie as the young romantic lead – those days are gone,” he told Britain’s Metro newspaper.

Given Robert De Niro’s popularity with baby boomers and everyone else, it’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing him in the movies for years to come.


  1. We baby boomers make up a large percentage of the population and with spending power. We also enjoy the movies. Baby boomers in roles that are appropriate will have a following and who said mom or dad or grandpa or grandma can’t be the lead? Thanks for the post.

  2. This story reminds me … there was a superb film, Enough Said, in 2013 that starred the late James Gandofini. Clearly a boomer flick. The theatre in northern Virginia where we saw it had a lot of gray hair. Enough Said really resonated with boomers.

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