Filmmaker and Actor Robert Downey Sr. Dies at 85

Filmmaker and actor Robert Downey Sr., father of Robert Downey Jr. and Allyson Downey, has died at the age of 85 in New York City.

The news was confirmed by Downey Sr.’s family.

Credit: Robert Downey Jr.'s Instagram

Life and Career

In his life, Downey Sr. accomplished a plethora of things. The actor served in the Army, played minor-league baseball and was a Golden Gloves champion, before he reached 22-years-old.

Furthermore, he soon became a renowned writer and director that created numerous independent films in the ’60s.

He is well-known for the underground film “Putney Swope” in 1969, a satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world. 

As a result, the popular film appeared in New York Magazine’s “Top 10” films list that year.

The director also wrote “Greaser’s Palace” in 1972 which landed in Time Magazine’s list of the years “Top 10” movies.

Additionally, Downey Sr. acted in several films such as “Boogie Nights” in 1997, “Magnolia” in 1999, and “The Family Man” in 2000.

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The filmmakers son, Robert Downey Jr., took to Instagram to announce the death of his late father.

“RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021…Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s. He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout. According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years,” Downey Jr. wrote. “Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Fortunately enough, Downey Jr. appeared in two of his father’s films, “Pound” in 1970 and “Too Much Sun” in 1990.

What is your favorite film from the late-great Robert Downey Sr.? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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