Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of film giant name Robert Downey Jr., has died. He used to be 85.
Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at house in Original York. He had Parkinson’s disease for additional than five years.
“He used to be a pleasing maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic at some level of,” Downey Jr. wrote. “In step with my stepmom’s calculations, they had been happily married for appropriate over 2000 years.”
Downey used to be a Hollywood journeyman who made a name for himself with radical, anti-establishment motion photographs, cherish the low-budget Madison Avenue advertising and marketing industry satire “Putney Swope” and the Western Jesus parable “Greaser’s Palace” starring Allan Arbus. His son, Robert Downey Jr., daughter Allyson Downey and first wife Elsie Downey additionally seemed in “Greaser’s Palace.”
He additionally acted in motion photographs, playing Thomas Bateman in “To Reside and Die in L.A.”, the studio manager in “Boogie Nights” and the show mask director in “Magnolia.”
Born in Original York City in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later changed his surname to Downey — his stepfather’s name — in affirm to enlist in the military early. After the military, he got into filmmaking unintentionally while living in Original York alongside with his sister.
The closing film he directed used to be the 2005 documentary “Rittenhouse Square,” a couple of cramped Philadelphia park.
The elder Downey is additionally survived by his wife, bestselling creator Rosemary Rogers.