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Surprise: Robert De Niro a dad again -- at 68!

It's a Girl for Actor and Wife

Baby joy! It's a girl for Robert De Niro and his wife, ex-model Grace Hightower. The middle-aged couple have welcomed a newborn daughter via surrogate, the actor's rep confirms.

It's a Girl for Actor and Wife

Merry Christmas and baby joy! Robert De Niro, 68, is a daddy again.

The critically-acclaimed actor and his wife, former model Grace Hightower, 56, just announced some happy holiday news: They're welcoming a daughter to their family.

Helen Grace Hightower -- a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce baby girl -- was born to the couple via a surrogate mother earlier this month, according to De Niro's rep.

Baby Helen is the second child for Robert and Grace, who first met in London in 1987. Their eldest, a son named Elliot, was born in March 1998.

De Niro and his first wife, Diahnne Abbott, have a son, Raphael. He's a former actor who now works in New York real estate.

The star adopted Drena De Niro, Abbott's daughter from a previous relationship.

De Niro is also dad to twin sons with his ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith, another former model. Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrik were conceived by in vitro fertilization and delivered by a surrogate mother in 1995.

(Try to keep up. There'll be a quiz on this later!)

In case you haven't been keeping track, little Helen makes ole Bobby a six-time dad.

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The Raging Bull icon can presently be seen in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve, which also features Ashton Kutcher and Halle Berry.

Be on the lookout for De Niro's turn as disgraced investor Bernie Madoff to debut on the small screen sometime in the new year. The two-time Oscar winner will play the Ponzi scheme mastermind in a 2012 made-for-TV movie in development for HBO, a network rep told The New York Times last fall.

Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family will be based on the bestselling book of the same name. The page-turner, penned by Laurie Sandell, was written with the cooperation of Madoff's son, Andrew.

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