He was the guest of honour at Thursday evening’s amfAR Gala in Cannes, which went on during the annual film festival.

And Robert De Niro sat for a chat with Leonardo DiCaprio throughout the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc bash after the tragic news broke of former Goodfellas co-star Ray Liotta’s sudden death at the age of 67. 

Robert paid tribute to Liotta and said: ‘I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He is way too way young to have left us’

Deep in conversation: Honourary guest Robert De Niro, 78, chatted to a low-profile Leonardo DiCaprio during the  amfAR charity gala in Cannes on Thursday

Liotta, best known for his portrayal of gangster Henry Hill opposite De Niro and Joe Pesci, died in his sleep on Thursday while filming in the Dominican Republic.

78-year-old movie legend Robert donned a black tuxedo for the evening, as he appeared in deep conversation with the Wolf Of Wall Street actor.

Sitting next to De Niro – who had earlier paid tribute to the late actor – Leonardo donned a simple black shirt, covering his face with a black New York Yankees baseball cap.

He wrapped an arm around the honourary guest, before leaning back as De Niro flashed his famous smile.

Leonardo kept his appearance unknown for most of the evening, keeping his hat on after skipping the opportunity for red carpet snaps.

Old friends: The Hollywood greats looked pleased to see each other at the glamorous event

Old friends: The Hollywood greats looked pleased to see each other at the glamorous event 

Deserved: De Niro was honoured at the event after many years of devoting his time and support to philanthropic causes such as HIV/AIDS prevention

Deserved: De Niro was honoured at the event after many years of devoting his time and support to philanthropic causes such as HIV/AIDS prevention

Casual: Leonardo donned a simple black shirt, covering his face with a black New York Yankees baseball cap as they chatted

Casual: Leonardo donned a simple black shirt, covering his face with a black New York Yankees baseball cap as they chatted

Under the radar: Leonardo kept his appearance unknown for most of the evening, keeping his hat on after skipping the opportunity for red carpet snaps

Socialising: However, the actor did seem to be having an enjoyable evening as he chatted to other guests

Under the radar: Leonardo kept his appearance unknown for most of the evening, keeping his hat on after skipping the opportunity for red carpet snaps

Group shot: (L-R) Alejandro Nones, Agustin Segnini, Edgar Ramirez and Robert de Niro

Group shot: (L-R) Alejandro Nones, Agustin Segnini, Edgar Ramirez and Robert de Niro

Beaming: He wrapped an arm around the honourary guest, before leaning back as De Niro flashed his famous smile

Beaming: He wrapped an arm around the honourary guest, before leaning back as De Niro flashed his famous smile

Pals: At the end of the night the legendary actors embrcaed each other before going their seperate ways

Pals: At the end of the night the legendary actors embrcaed each other before going their seperate ways

Enjoying his evening, De Niro was also snapped chatting to Edgar Ramirez and businessman Hermann Buehlbecker.

He later made his way to the stage, shaking hands with auctioneer Simon de Pury before chatting to the crowd.

The actor was honoured at the event after many years of devoting his time and support to philanthropic causes such as HIV/AIDS prevention. 

Old times: His appearance was overshadowed by tragedy as news broke of former Goodfellas co-star Ray Liotta's sudden death at the age of 67 (L-R Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci)

Old times: His appearance was overshadowed by tragedy as news broke of former Goodfellas co-star Ray Liotta’s sudden death at the age of 67 (L-R Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci)

Handshake: De Niro later made his way to the stage, shaking hands with auctioneer Simon de Pury before chatting to the crowd

Handshake: De Niro later made his way to the stage, shaking hands with auctioneer Simon de Pury before chatting to the crowd

On-stage: The pair then had a chat on stage as De Niro was introduced by Simon

On-stage: The pair then had a chat on stage as De Niro was introduced by Simon

Good time: The movie legend seemed in high spirits as he addressed the crowd during the evening

Dapper: He looked suave in the black tuxedo, paired with a white shirt and matching black tie

Good time: The movie legend seemed in high spirits as he addressed the crowd during the evening

Main man: The celebrated actor chatted to the crowd after taking to the stage on Thursday

Main man: The celebrated actor chatted to the crowd after taking to the stage on Thursday 

The event also featured live performances by Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and Charli XCX, cocktails, dinner and an exciting live auction led by renowned auctioneer Simon.

Charity amfAR is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. 

Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide. 

And the Cannes Gala has raised a cumulative total of more than $245 million for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research. 

This extraordinary success has enabled the Foundation to make critical research investments that have brought us within reach of a cure for HIV. 

Catching up? He and businessman Hermann Buehlbecker also appeared to be engrossed in conversation

Catching up? He and businessman Hermann Buehlbecker also appeared to be engrossed in conversation

Smile! During dinner, actor Edgar Ramirez wrapped an arm around De Niro as they posed for photos

Smile! During dinner, actor Edgar Ramirez wrapped an arm around De Niro as they posed for photos 

Pals: L-R Robert de Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Casey Affleck and Caylee Cowan at Thursday's event

Pals: L-R Robert de Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Casey Affleck and Caylee Cowan at Thursday’s event 



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