Robert Downey Sr., the completed countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of celebrity Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85.
Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at house in New York. He had Parkinson’s illness for greater than 5 years.
“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote. “According to my stepmom’s calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.”
Robert Downey Sr. was a Hollywood journeyman who made a reputation for himself with radical, anti-establishment movies, just like the low-budget Madison Avenue promoting trade satire Putney Swope and the Western Jesus parable Greaser’s Palace starring Allan Arbus. His son, Robert Downey Jr., daughter Allyson Downey and first spouse Elsie Downey additionally appeared in Greaser’s Palace.
He additionally acted in movies, enjoying Thomas Bateman in To Stay and Die in L.A., the studio supervisor in Boogie Nights and the present director in Magnolia.
Born in New York Metropolis in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later modified his surname to Downey — his stepfather’s identify — in an effort to enlist within the military early. After the military, he received into filmmaking by probability whereas residing in New York together with his sister.
The final movie he directed was the 2005 documentary Rittenhouse Sq., a few small Philadelphia park.
The elder Downey can also be survived by his spouse, bestselling writer Rosemary Rogers.