14 Jul Filmmaker and Actor Robert Downey Sr. Dies at 85
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.
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.
“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.